Amazing Spaces: Designing Great Exhibitions - Museums Association

Amazing Spaces: Designing Great Exhibitions

16 September 2021, 1100-1600
Online, Zoom

From creating context to connecting audiences and objects, exhibition design has a huge job to do.

Originally planned for April 2020, we are delighted to be able to run this event online – the revised programme shares the principles of good exhibition design, explores design as an effective interpretative tool, highlights how exhibition design can create more meaningful visitor experiences, and considers the impact Covid might have on the way we approach exhibition design in the short, medium and long term.

This conference is for anyone involved in creating permanent or temporary displays and exhibitions.

The full programme is available below.

If you previously booked this event for April 2020 and have not already been contacted, please email to arrange transferring your ticket.

Event fees

Concessionary Member – £30
Member (Essential, Full, Institutional and Commercial members) – £40
Non-member – £60

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Important booking information

Online bookings for this event are now closed. If you would like to book a place please email the Events Team.


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Welcome from the Chair
Simon Stephens
Head of Publications and Events, Museums Association
What does home mean to you? Designing the Museum of the Home

Sonia Solicari, Director, Museum of the Home, and Adam Zombory-Moldovan, Director, ZMMA, share insights into the design process following its £18.1m redevelopment

Our Planet: using collections to address the climate crisis

How can design help make natural history collections relevant to audiences – especially considering the climate crisis and ecological emergency? Jan Freedman, freelance museum consultant, shares the design approach to the bold new natural history gallery he designed at The Box in Plymouth

Jan Freedman
Open Wide: a human-centred approach to medical museums

Sue Mackay, Director of Collections & Programme, Thackray Museum, discusses how community curation and a commitment to inclusion helped shape the museum’s redesign

Q&A panel discussion

With Sonia Solicari, Adam Zombory-Moldovan, Sue Mackay and Jan Freedman

Different, together: Welcome to Manchester Jewish Museum

Alexandra Cropper, Curator, Manchester Jewish Museum, welcomes delegates back from lunch with a video tour of the new museum following its £6m redevelopment

Decolonising the museum

Grant MacKenzie, Director (Interim), David Livingstone Birthplace, shares how it has approached recontextualising the story of Livingstone’s journey from Blantyre to Africa

What’s the Worst That Could Happen? Experimentation and Provocation at the National Football Museum

Jon Sutton, Exhibitions Manager, National Football Museum, and Tim Ashmore, Graphics and Interpretation Producer, National Football Museum, share their experimental approach to designing temporary exhibitions

Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place

Aleema Gray, Community History Curator, Museum of London Docklands, discusses how collaborative community collecting helped shape this temporary exhibition exploring the role food plays in Black entrepreneurship and identity in South East London

Q&A panel discussion

With Grant MacKenzie, Jon Sutton, Tim Ashmore and Aleema Gray. Natalie Milor, Curator, David Livingstone Birthplace, also joins the discussion

Event details

Date 16 September 2021
Time 1100-1600
Location Online



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