Theme coordinators confirmed for Manchester 2017

Patrick Steel, 12.06.2017
Dhikshana Pering, Alistair Hudson, and Janneke Geene coordinate sessions on audiences, collections, and workforce
The Museums Association (MA) has announced the three theme coordinators for this year's Conference & Exhibition 2017 in Manchester.

Dhikshana Pering, Alistair Hudson, and Janneke Geene will coordinate sessions on audiences, collections, and workforce.

Dhikshana Pering, the learning officer: young people at London Transport Museum and a board member of the MA, will coordinate sessions themed around workforce.

The sessions will ask what will the museum professional of the future look like and what knowledge and experience will they need? What needs to change in areas such as leadership, diversity and skills development for the sector to face the challenges ahead?

Alistair Hudson, the director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the co-director of the Asociación de Arte Útil, the chair of Culture Forum North, and a previous Turner Prize jury member, will coordinate sessions themed around audiences.

The sessions will investigate how museums can expand and deepen their relationship with the public in the context of a growing atmosphere of intolerance, mistrust and division following last year’s Brexit vote and the resulting political turmoil, and ask what role can museums play in healing some of society’s divisions and how should they reflect contemporary issues such as poverty, climate change and globalisation in their programming?

Janneke Geene, the acting director of the People's History Museum in Manchester, will coordinate sessions themed around collections.

The sessions will examine how collections can be used to inspire and engage communities and make a difference to people’s lives, asking how can museums involve audiences in interpreting collections and sharing knowledge about them?

And how can digital technology help increase engagement with collections and how should the sector approach issues such as collecting, storage and disposal?

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