Future of Museums: Collections

20 March 2018, Wellcome Collection
Museums Association MP Seminar

A series of MP seminars that will explore how museum practice will change in the future.

Collections lie at the heart of museums, and provide a unique opportunity to engage, inform and inspire audiences in a way that can have a positive impact on society as a whole.

The potential to use collections in exciting and socially-impactful ways is huge, but museums continue to be held back by several long-standing challenges including a lack of space to store material and a lack of skills, funds and resources to manage, care and interpret artefacts.

How can museum use programmes such as the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund to ensure their collections are accessible and inclusive of a wide range of people? How can new approaches to acquisitions, storage, documentation, interpretation, rationalisation and disposal help achieve these aims? And what role can collections play in securing the long-term sustainability of the sector?

This conference, part of the Museums Association’s Future of Museum’s series, will offer an opportunity to debate these issues and discuss what the future holds for our collections and how they can be used to engage audiences and change people’s lives.

Through a diverse range of speakers, the event will present bold views on the future of collections and collection management, as well as innovative ways that museums can work with communities and other partners to unlock the potential of the objects they hold.

The programme features presentations and facilitated discussion on three themes – Being Brave; Social Impact; and Expertise. There will also be the opportunity to hear about the Museums Association’s forthcoming collections work, Collections Now, including the launch of a sector-wide survey.

The day will run from approximately 1030-1700 (registration from 0930).

Confirmed speakers

Sally Colvin, Programmes Manager, Museums Association (chair)
Gillian Findlay, Curatorial and Engagement Manager, Edinburgh Museums
Neil Curtis, Head of Museums, Aberdeen University
Barbara Rodriqrez Munoz, Curator, Wellcome Collection
Beverly Cook, Curator, Social & Working History, Museum of London
Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
Sara Wajid, Head of Engagement, Museum of London
Emma McGarrity, Learning and Engagement Officer, Tower Museum Derry
James Peto, Head of Programmes, Wellcome Collection
Mark Carnall, Collections Manager (Life Collections), Oxford University Museum of Natural History
Andrea Hadley-Johnson, Co-production and Engagement Manager, Derby Museums
Sue McAlpine, Curator, Migration Museum
Subhadra Das, Curator, UCL Culture - Collections

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