Free exhibition seminars - Thursday

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
 
Thursday 3 October

0930 - 1000

Sustainability at Royal Museums Greenwich
Seminar Room 1

Sustainable issues - and recognising, in particular, the effects of plastic pollution on the oceans - are high on the agenda at Royal Museums Greenwich. This session looks at how they are tackling the environmental agenda on-site, in their galleries and through their programming. It calls for open discussion on how we, in the sector, can support each other to tackle these issues.

Speakers:

  • Joanna Salter, Senior Manager, Participation, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Polly Mee, Senior Marketing Officer, Royal Museums Greenwich

Thinking outside the box: sustainability at the Hill House  

Seminar Room 2

  

After decades of water ingress to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece the Hill House, the National Trust for Scotland has invested £4.5 million in a giant box to shelter the building from the elements while a conservation solution is discussed and developed. This interactive session asks questions about how sustainable this approach to conservation is, and what we can learn from it – culminating in a vote from the floor. Follow the debate and ask questions on #TheBigBoxMA2019  


Speakers:


  • Bryan Dickson, Head of Buildings Conservation Policy, National Trust for Scotland 
  • Ewan Hyslop, Head of Science and Technical Research, Historic Environment Scotland 

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

Weaning ourselves off fossil fuels: clean energy for museums
Seminar Room 2

Energy use is by far a museum’s biggest source of direct emissions. Using less energy and reducing dependence on fossil-fuel based energy sources are among the most important steps a museum can take to reducing its carbon footprint. This session looks at how the museum sector can make this shift – from natural or passive means of heating and cooling, to low and zero carbon technologies to switching to clean energy sources – looking at both challenges and solutions specific to the museum sector.

Speakers:

  • Graciela Melitsko Thornton, Creative Green Programme Lead at Julie's Bicycle
  • Helen Franks, Partnership and Business Development Manager, Good Energy

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

Inheriting climate change
Seminar Room 1

What is the role for museums in mobilising young people and supporting them to take action on climate change? Manchester Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History are currently grappling with this question. By sharing their experiences, this seminar offers a rich set of insights, in particular for those who are interested in working with young people, engaging with research and researchers, co-producing programmes or using collections to explore environmental issues.

Speakers:

  • Hannah-Lee Chalk, Learning Manager, Manchester Museum
  • Sarah Lloyd, Head of Education and Learning, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Giving up the power: producing community-driven content
Seminar Room 2

The Bristol Black History project tells community-generated, user-focused stories. It aims to tackle lack of diversity through using digital and community engagement practices - an external steering group decide which stories need to be told and local Black writers produce them. By giving up the power, they aim to make their content representative, accessible and excellent. This session explores how digital platforms, fresh perspectives, and strong partnerships can make this model work for you too.

Speakers:

  • Fay Curtis, Audience Development Assistant, Bristol Culture
  • Finn White, Engagement Officer – Communities, Bristol Culture

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

Spring Bulbs for Schools: engaging audiences on climate change
Seminar Room 1

How can museums utilise digital platforms to extend their reach and impact? This seminar explores Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s digital project Spring Bulbs for Schools. Each year this project engages more than 7,000 learners from schools across the UK in an investigation into how climate change affects the flowering dates of spring bulbs. The session explores the development of the project, the engagement methods it adopts and its overall impact.

Speakers:

  • Danielle Cowell, Learning, Participation and Interpretation Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
  • Penny Tomkins, Spring Bulb Project Coordinator, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Harnessing the power of search engines

Seminar Room 2

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is not just a marketing tool – it’s a way for museums to make what’s important to them more visible and provide people from all over the world with information and stories they can trust. Using examples of pages on topics from Victorian drug habits to astronomy, this session shows how well-optimised digital content can reach new audiences, demonstrate relevance and reputation on difficult issues, and combat inaccuracies spread online.

Speaker:

  • Kate Wilkinson, Digital Editor, Wellcome Collection

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

1330 - 1400

Sustainability at Royal Museums Greenwich
Seminar Room 1

Sustainable issues - and recognising, in particular, the effects of plastic pollution on the oceans - are high on the agenda at Royal Museums Greenwich. This session looks at how they are tackling the environmental agenda on-site, in their galleries and through their programming. It calls for open discussion on how we, in the sector, can support each other to tackle these issues.

Speakers:

  • Joanna Salter, Senior Manager, Participation, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Polly Mee, Senior Marketing Officer, Royal Museums Greenwich

Thinking outside the box: sustainability at the Hill House  

Seminar Room 2

  

After decades of water ingress to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s domestic masterpiece the Hill House, the National Trust for Scotland has invested £4.5 million in a giant box to shelter the building from the elements while a conservation solution is discussed and developed. This interactive session asks questions about how sustainable this approach to conservation is, and what we can learn from it – culminating in a vote from the floor. Follow the debate and ask questions on #TheBigBoxMA2019  


Speakers:


  • Bryan Dickson, Head of Buildings Conservation Policy, National Trust for Scotland 
  • Ewan Hyslop, Head of Science and Technical Research, Historic Environment Scotland 

Career crossroads
Meeting Room 2

Don't know what to do next? Feel stuck? This seminar explores your motivations and drivers to help you take a step back before you take your next career step forward.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

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

Weaning ourselves off fossil fuels: clean energy for museums
Seminar Room 2

Energy use is by far a museum’s biggest source of direct emissions. Using less energy and reducing dependence on fossil-fuel based energy sources are among the most important steps a museum can take to reducing its carbon footprint. This session looks at how the museum sector can make this shift – from natural or passive means of heating and cooling, to low and zero carbon technologies to switching to clean energy sources – looking at both challenges and solutions specific to the museum sector.

Speakers:

  • Graciela Melitsko Thornton, Creative Green Programme Lead at Julie's Bicycle
  • Helen Franks, Partnership and Business Development Manager, Good Energy

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 Consultant and co-founder of the Museum Freelance Network

1530 – 1600

Inheriting climate change

Seminar Room 1

What is the role for museums in mobilising young people and supporting them to take action on climate change? Manchester Museum and Oxford University Museum of Natural History are currently grappling with this question. By sharing their experiences, this seminar offers a rich set of insights, in particular for those who are interested in working with young people, engaging with research and researchers, co-producing programmes or using collections to explore environmental issues.

Speakers:

  • Hannah-Lee Chalk, Learning Manager, Manchester Museum
  • Sarah Lloyd, Head of Education and Learning, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Giving up the power: producing community-driven content
Seminar Room 2

The Bristol Black History project tells community-generated, user-focused stories. It aims to tackle lack of diversity through using digital and community engagement practices - an external steering group decide which stories need to be told and local Black writers produce them. By giving up the power, they aim to make their content representative, accessible and excellent. This session explores how digital platforms, fresh perspectives, and strong partnerships can make this model work for you too.

Speakers:

  • Fay Curtis, Audience Development Assistant, Bristol Culture
  • Finn White, Engagement Officer – Communities, Bristol Culture

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

1630 - 1700

Spring Bulbs for Schools: engaging audiences on climate change
Seminar Room 1

How can museums utilise digital platforms to extend their reach and impact? This seminar explores Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales’s digital project Spring Bulbs for Schools. Each year this project engages more than 7,000 learners from schools across the UK in an investigation into how climate change affects the flowering dates of spring bulbs. The session explores the development of the project, the engagement methods it adopts and its overall impact.

Speakers:

  • Danielle Cowell, Learning, Participation and Interpretation Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
  • Penny Tomkins, Spring Bulb Project Coordinator, Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales

Harnessing the power of search engines
Seminar Room 2

Search engine optimisation (SEO) is not just a marketing tool – it’s a way for museums to make what’s important to them more visible and provide people from all over the world with information and stories they can trust. Using examples of pages on topics from Victorian drug habits to astronomy, this session shows how well-optimised digital content can reach new audiences, demonstrate relevance and reputation on difficult issues, and combat inaccuracies spread online.

Speaker:

  • Kate Wilkinson, Digital Editor, Wellcome Collection
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 Consultant and co-founder of the Museum Freelance Network