Moving on Up: Making an Impact with your Career

26 February 2020, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool
Museums Association one-day Conference

Moving on Up is the essential conference for early career professionals who want to take control of their careers, develop their networks and be inspired to have an impact in the sector.

A fast-paced, interactive day, Moving on Up is an opportunity to hear from inspirational speakers, network with peers and senior museum professionals, and participate in practical workshops, discussions and speed mentoring.

This event for people working in any area of the museum the sector, and those employed in a different sector looking to bring their skills and experience to a heritage setting. It aims to give you with the confidence, contacts and ideas to think innovatively and creatively about how you can progress your career and be a changemaker in the sector.

You will discover how to:

•    Identify where your opportunities for development lie
•    Take your next career step with confidence
•    Have an influence in your organisation and the sector
•    Be a changemaker
Confirmed speakers:
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Amina Atiq, Yemeni- Scouse Writer,  Performance Artist  and Activist

Amina Atiq is the event's keynote speaker, sharing her reflections on what being an activist means to her and reading some of her work

What's the best career advice you've ever received: "Tenacity and persistence- you will get there eventually." 

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Marge Ainsley, Freelance Cultural Consultant, Professional Facilitator and Trainer
“I am a cultural freelancer working in marketing, audience development and evaluation. I help to run the Museum Freelance Network.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? “Freelance-wise I’d say ‘Think like a business’”

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Laura Pye, Director, National Museums Liverpool
“I joined National Museums Liverpool as Director in August 2018, following several years as Head of Culture for Bristol City Council, with responsibility for the five museums in the city. My early career in museums was focused mainly on museum education, and I have a wealth of experience of working in the North of England, across Liverpool, Yorkshire and Lancashire.”

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Thanh Sinden, Cultural Consultant and Chair, Museum Detox
“I am a specialist in diversity, inclusion and engagement. I work with teams and individuals to foster the conditions where inclusion and collaboration are embedded in teams.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? “Negotiate proactively for what you believe you are worth not what someone else tells you’re worth.”

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Tom Hopkins, Curator, Royal Air Force Museum, and Co-founder, Fair Museum Jobs
“With previous experience in various short-term contact collections roles, my first job in the sector was on a Heritage Lottery Fund traineeship.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? “When I was told how to actually write covering letters/ supporting statements by addressing and evidencing each point on a personal specification.”

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Sam Jenkins, Project Leader, Museum Wellness Network
“The Museum Wellness Network was founded in 2018, with the aim of promoting staff mental health and wellbeing in the sector.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? “You don’t actually have to say yes to everything – do what is in your power to do, not what everyone suggests to you.”

Hannah Hethmon use
Hannah Hethmon, Producer, Better Lemon Creative Audio
“I am a producer and consultant specialising in podcasting for museums and other cultural non-profits.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve received? “Ask for more money.”

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Tamsin Russell, Professional Development officer, Museums Association
“I have worked in the sector for more than 15 years supporting people realise their career potential.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? “Go where there is meaning for you.”

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Liam Wiseman, Relationship Manager (East), Arts Council England
"I am interested in decolonisation and transforming museums to be more inclusive."
What's the best career advice you've ever received? "You can’t always win people over by being nice to them."

Gabrielle Heffernan, Curatorial Manager, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust
“I entered the museums world through a lot of volunteering and an HLF-funded Skills for the Future traineeship. I now manage a curatorial team and support career development for staff, trainees and volunteers as well as working as MA Rep for the North West.”
What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? "It doesn’t matter if you have six months, six years or six decades of experience, your opinion is as valid as anyone else’s in the room so don’t be intimidated into keeping quiet!”

Anne Sharman
Anne Sharman, Documentation Officer, National Railway Museum
“I’m a Documentation Officer at the National Railway Museum and I am also a contributor to @Museum_Wellness, looking after the blog and encouraging conversations around mental health and wellbeing”
What’s the best piece of careers advice you’ve ever received? “It’s not just about what you do in your job, it’s about how you do what you do differently from how someone else would do it. Your perspective is unique – use it.”

Other speakers:

  • Katy Ashton, Director, People’s History Museum
  • Scott Smith, Digital Content Manager, National Museums Liverpool
  • Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
  • Pip Diment, Acting Head of Exhibitions, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

£75 MA members
£115 non members