Future of Museums: Disposal - Museums Association

Future of Museums: Disposal

28 June 2023, 1100-1600
Online, Zoom

Image: Visitors at Great North Museum Hancock

Disposal is an important part of good collections management and is becoming more urgent than ever.  

Full stores can create significant barriers to contemporary collecting, put pressure on finite environmental and financial resources – and prevent our collections from being relevant to audiences.   

The Museums Association’s review of the disposal toolkit offers an opportunity for the sector to embrace the benefits that come with this work and ensure that disposal becomes a more accepted part of curatorial practice – while continuing to ensure that the Code of Ethics is upheld.  

This event explores how museums can have a positive and proactive attitude towards ethical disposal of collections. A wide variety of speakers examines approaches and impacts of different methods of disposal and share how public and community engagement can support decision-making.  

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

A full programme will be available in due course.

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

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Inclusive event places 

The Benevolent Fund will provide 10 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 14 June. 

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Event details

Date 28 June 2023
Time 1100-1600
Location Online



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