Free exhibition seminars - Friday

Explore our free sessions and events for visitors to Brighton 2019
Exhibition 2019 will take place in the exhibition space of the Museums
Association Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Brighton
Conference Centre on 3-5 October 2019.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and you can register for the day(s) you wish to attend. Conference delegates are automatically registered.

Register now for your free place at Exhibition 2019
Friday 4 October

0930 - 1000


Conserving and curating the Whitechapel Fatberg
Seminar Room 1

Find out how the Museum of London took a toxic lump of sewage and turned it into Fatberg! – the most talked about display the museum has ever done. This session outlines the ground-breaking conservation work, the curatorial approach, and wider reflections on what the museum has learnt from the runaway success of the project.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Robinson-Calver, Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Museum of London
  • Vyki Sparkes, Curator, Social and Working History, Museum of London


Accessible acoustics for museums

Seminar Room 2

People with hearing loss and other hearing difficulties have a diverse listening experience and can face barriers when visiting museums. This seminar shows how simple changes can help make your organisation more accessible for visitors. These can include improving the acoustic design of the venue, running deaf awareness training for staff, providing assistive communication systems, and using accreditation schemes which help organisations ensure that they are compliant with the Equality Act to promote a more equal and inclusive society.

Speakers:

  • Emma Greenland, Principal Consultant (Acoustics), Anderson Acoustics
  • Tom Tlalim, Artist, Composer, Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester


Networking naturally
Meeting Room 2

This workshop provides hints and tips to help you network out of your comfort zone: support your career aspirations and your professional development needs by developing relationships inside and outside the sector.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1030 – 1100


Rewriting the rules: sustainable museum learning
Seminar Room 1

At this seminar find out how ten museums in Pennine Lancashire worked collaboratively with teachers to rewrite the rules of school and museum engagement, in order to create a financially sustainable museums’ education programme for years to come. This session provides statistics, insights and real examples from a six-year Department for Education supported Museums and Schools programme that has surpassed targets for pupils and schools visiting.

Speakers:

  • Elaine Lees, Museums and Schools Coordinator, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Rebecca Johnson, Arts & Heritage Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Sustainable exhibitions: a practical guide
Seminar Room 2

Making exhibitions involves using lots of stuff – but how can we start to change our practice and prompt our visitors to think differently? This session looks at Leeds City Museum’s 2018 exhibition ‘Beavers to Weavers’ which was delivered using a new set of sustainability principles, and shares some of the lessons learned along the way. The Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums Group also introduce more real-life examples of how the sector is making exhibition programming more sustainable.

Speakers:

  • Nadine Loach, Registrar, Science Museum Group
  • Ruth Martin, Exhibitions Curator, Leeds Museums & Galleries


Successful CVs

Meeting Room 2

This workshop provides a masterclass in CV or application development: whether you are pre-entry or just starting out; transferring in from freelancing; or someone with a portfolio career. By the end of the session you will know what you can do to get your foot through the door.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1130 – 1200
Engaging audiences with global environmental challenges
Seminar Room 1

Details to follow

The Mummy Returns? Exhibiting ancient Egyptian human remains
Seminar Room 2

The session explores the ethics of exhibiting and interpreting ancient Egyptian human remains, drawing on the 2018 exhibition ‘Ta-Kheru: Discovering the Life of an Ancient Egyptian Woman’ at the University of Aberdeen. How can an exhibition of a mummified person respect the dignity of the individual displayed, and how do audiences respond to a more emotive, ‘novelistic’ tone in museum interpretation?

Speakers:

  • Neil Curtis, Head of Museums, University of Aberdeen
  • Jennifer Downes, Exhibitions and Public Programming Manager, University of Aberdeen

Impactful interviews
Meeting Room 2

With supply outweighing demand in the museum workforce, you need to ensure that once through the door you are able to shine. This workshop looks at hints and tips for effective interviews as well as looking at other selection techniques – and how to nail them too.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1230 - 1300

Can travelling exhibitions be part of a sustainable museum policy?
Seminar Room 1

By questioning how travelling exhibition producers – private companies and institutions – are trying to integrate notions of ethics and sustainability policies in their projects, this seminar looks at the impact of travelling exhibitions on a global level, not only for the museum, but also for the city and tourism. How can temporary exhibitions be part of a sustainable economic and cultural development?

Speakers:

  • Agnes Ruiz, Director of Sales, Europe and Middle East, Imagine Exhibitions
  • Emily Cronin, Partnerships Manager, Cultural and Commercial Partnerships, Science Museum Group

Delivering digital literacy
Seminar Room 2

The One by One project, let by Culture24 and the University of Leicester, aims to help UK museums to better define, improve, measure and embed the digital literacy of their staff and volunteers in all roles and at all levels. Come and hear how a digital literacy framework can help you develop a new organisational mindset that will support your digital transformation needs.

Speakers:

TBC

1330 – 1400

Conserving and curating the Whitechapel Fatberg
Seminar Room 1

Find out how the Museum of London took a toxic lump of sewage and turned it into Fatberg! – the most talked about display the museum has ever done. This session outlines the ground-breaking conservation work, the curatorial approach, and wider reflections on what the museum has learnt from the runaway success of the project.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Robinson-Calver, Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Museum of London
  • Vyki Sparkes, Curator, Social and Working History, Museum of London


Accessible acoustics for museums
Seminar Room 2

People with hearing loss and other hearing difficulties have a diverse listening experience and can face barriers when visiting museums. This seminar shows how simple changes can help make your organisation more accessible for visitors. These can include improving the acoustic design of the venue, running deaf awareness training for staff, providing assistive communication systems, and using accreditation schemes which help organisations ensure that they are compliant with the Equality Act to promote a more equal and inclusive society.

Speakers:

  • Emma Greenland, Principal Consultant (Acoustics), Anderson Acoustics
  • Tom Tlalim, Artist, Composer, Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester

First steps to freelancing
Meeting Room 2

This session will deliver top tips on how to prepare for and kick off a successful freelancing career in the museums sector. It’s aimed at people thinking about freelancing or in the very early stages of freelancing.


Speaker:


  • Christina Lister, Marketing and Audience Development Consultant and Facilitator

1430 - 1500


Rewriting the rules: sustainable museum learning
Seminar Room 1

At this seminar find out how ten museums in Pennine Lancashire worked collaboratively with teachers to rewrite the rules of school and museum engagement, in order to create a financially sustainable museums’ education programme for years to come. This session provides statistics, insights and real examples from a six-year Department for Education supported Museums and Schools programme that has surpassed targets for pupils and schools visiting.

Speakers:

  • Elaine Lees, Museums and Schools Coordinator, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council
  • Rebecca Johnson, Arts & Heritage Manager, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Sustainable exhibitions: a practical guide
Seminar Room 2

Making exhibitions involves using lots of stuff – but how can we start to change our practice and prompt our visitors to think differently? This session looks at Leeds City Museum’s 2018 exhibition ‘Beavers to Weavers’ which was delivered using a new set of sustainability principles, and shares some of the lessons learned along the way. The Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums Group also introduce more real-life examples of how the sector is making exhibition programming more sustainable.

Speakers:

  • Nadine Loach, Registrar, Science Museum Group
  • Ruth Martin, Exhibitions Curator, Leeds Museums & Galleries

Discovering the AMA
Meeting Room 2

Have you ever considered signing up for the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA), but weren't quite sure what's involved, how long it will take, and what you get out of it? This session presents an overview of the AMA programme and gives participants the opportunity to ask questions about the benefits, support and content of this professional development scheme.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1530 – 1600


Engaging audiences with global environmental challenges
Seminar Room 1

Details to follow

The Mummy Returns? Exhibiting ancient Egyptian human remains
Seminar Room 2

The session explores the ethics of exhibiting and interpreting ancient Egyptian human remains, drawing on the 2018 exhibition ‘Ta-Kheru: Discovering the Life of an Ancient Egyptian Woman’ at the University of Aberdeen. How can an exhibition of a mummified person respect the dignity of the individual displayed, and how do audiences respond to a more emotive, ‘novelistic’ tone in museum interpretation?

Speakers:

  • Neil Curtis, Head of Museums, University of Aberdeen
  • Jennifer Downes, Exhibitions and Public Programming Manager, University of Aberdeen

First steps to freelancing
Meeting Room 2

This session will deliver top tips on how to prepare for and kick off a successful freelancing career in the museums sector. It’s aimed at people thinking about freelancing or in the very early stages of freelancing.


Speaker:


  • Christina Lister, Marketing and Audience Development Consultant and Facilitator


1630 – 1700

Can travelling exhibitions be part of a sustainable museum policy?
Seminar Room 1


By questioning how travelling exhibition producers – private companies and institutions – are trying to integrate notions of ethics and sustainability policies in their projects, this seminar looks at the impact of travelling exhibitions on a global level, not only for the museum, but also for the city and tourism. How can temporary exhibitions be part of a sustainable economic and cultural development?

Speakers:

  • Agnes Ruiz, Director of Sales, Europe and Middle East, Imagine Exhibitions
  • Emily Cronin, Partnerships Manager, Cultural and Commercial Partnerships, Science Museum Group

Delivering digital literacy
Seminar Room 2

The One by One project, led by Culture24 and the University of Leicester, aims to help UK museums to better define, improve, measure and embed the digital literacy of their staff and volunteers in all roles and at all levels. Come and hear how a digital literacy framework can help you develop a new organisational mindset that will support your digital transformation needs.

Speakers:

TBC

Planning your professional development

Meeting Room 2

With many roles being fixed-term, casual, zero-hours (or if you are a freelancer), museum workers sometimes need to take an even more proactive approach to their professional development. In this seminar we focus on what you can do to prioritise your professional development and create a plan that works to your budget, your commitments and your interests.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

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