Disposal Bootcamp: Putting it into Practice - Museums Association

Conference 2024: The Joy of Museums booking open now – Book before 31 March 2024 for a 10% discount

Conference 2024: The Joy of Museums booking open now – Book before 31 March 2024 for a 10% discount

Disposal Bootcamp: Putting it into Practice

19 June 2024, 1100-1600
Online, Zoom

Image: Science Museum Group staff assessing collections. ©Science Museum Group

A year after the Museums Association launched Off the Shelf: a toolkit for ethical transfer, reuse and disposal, this one-day conference digs deeper into the issues surrounding collection rationalisations – and offers practical advice on how museums can go through the process of disposal.

Delegates will hear a range of case studies demonstrating different approaches to disposal. The day includes a look at different collections, including archaeological objects, as well as related activities such as disposal within communities.

Delegates also have the opportunity to take part in discussions around language, ethics and the future for our collections.

Programme highlights:

  • A range of practical case studies highlighting different approaches and learning from different stages of the process
  • An interactive workshop on how to advocate for this work with colleagues, senior leaders, trustees, funders and other stakeholders
  • An opportunity to ask your disposal questions to sector support bodies and museums who are doing the work

A full programme will be available in due course.


Sarah Briggs, Disposal Lead, Museums Association
India Divers, Policy Officer, Museums Association
Jenny Durrant, Museum Consultant
Rainey Tisdale, US Museum Consultant

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Please note that this event will be recorded and available exclusively to delegates for three months. After that time, it will be made available to members on the Museums Association website.

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Event fees

Concessionary Member – £35
Member (Essential, Full, Institutional and Commercial members) – £45
Non-member – £65

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Inclusive event places

The Benevolent Fund will provide five free places to this event to individual members who face barriers due to ethnicity, disability, socio-economic background, and gender identity or sexual orientation (LGBTQ).

These free places are part of our wider work towards creating a more inclusive sector. We will also support any accessibility requests such as provision of British Sign Language (BSL), audio description or closed captioning. The deadline to apply for an Inclusive Place is 12 noon on 5 June 2024.

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Event details
Date 19 June 2024
Time 1100-1600
Location Online



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