New sessions at Museums Association’s Conference

Patrick Steel, 05.09.2017
Keynote from David Olusoga, plus events on volunteers, touring exhibitions and exporting overseas
The Museums Association (MA) has confirmed new sessions at its annual conference and exhibition in Manchester, including a keynote from historian David Olusoga, and events from the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG), Department for International Trade (DIT), International Council of Museums (Icom) UK, and Volunteer Makers.

On 16 November at 1pm, TEG will launch its Lending and Borrowing Experiences report, alongside an update on its Preparing to Borrow programme.

Preparing to Borrow, which is funded by Arts Council England and TESS Demountable, and delivered with the support of the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) and the Art Fund, aims to prepare and support organisations to borrow objects and exhibitions through the provision of training, resources and mentoring, underpinned by consultation and research.

Speakers at the event will include Liz Johnson, the senior manager of the Museums Review at Arts Council England, Suzie Tucker, the head of strategy and communications at the NMDC, and Charlotte Dew, the Preparing to Borrow Programme manager at the Touring Exhibitions Group.

Also at 1pm on 16 November, Icom UK will host a networking lunch for its individual and institutional members attending the MA conference.

The lunch will be an opportunity to hear first-hand updates from Icom international networks, about Icom UK programmes and events, and support for UK museums working internationally.

To attend the lunch contact uk.icom.museum@gmail.com for further information and booking. Priority booking will go to Icom UK members.

At 5.30pm on 16 November, DIT will host a networking event with a focus on helping UK museums and suppliers access the US market.

The DIT and the MA have good links with the American Alliance of Museums, and Richard Parry, the head of the DIT’s Experience Economy team will head up discussions about ways to access the US market, while attendees relax over some US themed refreshments.

And at 1.30pm on 17 November, Volunteer Makers will host a networking event looking at new ways to engage with volunteers while sustaining and diversifying audiences.

The MA’s head of commercial activities, William Adams, says: “We have a lot of exciting sessions and fringe events at conference this year that will help to improve museums and their offer – as well as the suppliers who support them.

“We look forward to welcoming delegates and visitors from the UK museum sector and internationally to Manchester to discuss the future of the sector, make new connections, and be inspired by the breadth of projects and ideas featured at conference.”

TEG, DIT, Icom UK and Volunteer Makers are all sponsors of the MA Conference and Exhibition.

The MA Conference and Exhibition takes place at Manchester Central on 16-18 November.

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