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Conference 2021 content

Watch all the sessions from Brave New World, our 2021 hybrid conference held both in Liverpool and online.

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Museums Change Lives Awards 2021
The Museums Change Lives awards celebrate museums and people who have made a big impact in their communities. Watch to find out more about the 2021 winners.
Kehinde Andrews
Kehinde Andrews, professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University, gives a keynote addressing decolonisation and anti-racism in museums.
Kevin Young
Kevin Young, the Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, shares his vision for the future of this landmark museum.
Malik Al Nasir
Malik Al Nasir, an author, performance poet and filmmaker from Liverpool, discusses his youth, past work and current PhD research into his ancestral links to the slave plantations of Demerara, Guyana.
From words to action: Museums and anti-racism
Culture& and the Museums Association bring together a panel of experts to explore what museums need to do next to address anti-racism, anti-Blackness and diversity in their workforce, collections and public programmes.
Reimagining museums for climate action
Museums have been grappling with their climate and environmental responsibilities for years. But with Cop26 taking place in the UK this year and the problem growing ever more urgent, what is the role for the museums sector?
Digital skills for digital futures
Four early career professionals discuss ways for progressing digital skills in museums. Drawing on their own new approaches and original research, they share fresh ways of using and thinking about digital.
Why you need to know about NFTs
What implications do NFTs have for the sector? This session looks at what NFTs are, how they’ve been used and the opportunities and challenges they hold for museums.
Collections with feelings
Museum collections are missing feelings, dreams, hope, love, hate and heartbreaks. This session explores how curating more humane narratives can help improve health and wellbeing and provide inspiration and hope for the future.
The classless museum
Museum as Muck brings together leading academic voices and game-changers on socioeconomic diversity in the cultural and creative industries to discuss the provocation: “What would a classless museum look like?”
The ethics of contemporary collecting
This workshop gives delegates the chance to get to grips with some of the major ethical issues of contemporary collecting, including collecting trauma; collecting safely from social justice movements and more.
Museums Save Lives
A panel drawn from medical museums who have risen to the challenge of the Covid crisis delves into how we can transform from Museums that Change Lives to Museums that Save Lives.
In + Visible
This session brings together a panel of experts to explore what needs to be done to create genuine and lasting equity for disabled museum staff and audiences.
Covid-19 as a catalyst for change
This session brings together a mix of public and independent funders to explore their responses to funding museums and cultural institutions during the Covid‐19 pandemic.
Disposal is not a dirty word
This session explores some of the psychological and practical barriers to disposal and provides solutions for dealing with the D word.
Museum ethics in a changing world
In this session, members of the MA Ethics Committee consider if and how our sector’s approach to ethics needs to change in light of major current ethical issues such as restitution, disposal, and independent decision making.
Queering the museum: Celebrating LGBTQ+ at RAMM
This session examines what it means to queer museum collections, how to ensure this work is embedded and visible, and how to engage with different audiences to improve understanding of gender and sexual diversity.
Career interruptions
This session shares practical ways you can get back to museums and resume your career, whatever the reason for your career interruption.
Curating conflict
Hannah Crowdy explains how National Museums NI has approached curating conflict through an ethical lens and offers advice on how your museum can approach similar issues.
Museum Ethics 101
Find out how to navigate the rights and wrongs of museum practice and learn how you can use the Code of Ethics for Museums and the Ethics Committee to support ethical decision-making in your museum.
Career crossroads
Thinking about your future during times of uncertainty can be hard. This session explores your wants, needs and next steps by showcasing 10 self-directed exercises to help you refine your thinking.
Decolonising museums
We share the steps we can take as practitioners and organisations in decolonising museum practice, and how we can make use of the Supporting Decolonisation in Museums guidance.
Workforce wellbeing
Wellbeing can be both individual and collective. This session explores key triggers that may affect wellbeing and shares some of the ways to take control or minimise the impacts.
The Liminal Space – Mindsets + Missions
Interested in taking part in conversations that will direct the future of the museum sector? Join The Liminal Space as they outline the Mindsets + Missions programme, and find out how you can input and take part.
Art That Made Us Festival
In February 2022 the BBC, along with museums, galleries, archives and libraries, is holding a 10-day festival to celebrate the amazing creativity housed in our cultural organisations throughout the country.