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Birmingham 2015 conference guide published

Patrick Steel, 01.06.2015
Details of sessions, themes and social events
The full guide for the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham has now been published, with details of sessions, themes and social events on 5-6 November at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

Highlights include keynote speeches by David Fleming, the MA’s president, on Thursday morning, and Darren Henley, the chief executive of Arts Council England, on Friday afternoon, and a conversation between Fleming, Martin Roth, the director of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Diane Lees, the director general of Imperial War Museums, on Friday morning.

The central theme of the conference is radical futures and sessions under this theme include saving the museum, looking at what can be done to keep the doors open in the face of funding cuts, the magic business model, exploring the idea of museums transitioning from cultural services to cultural businesses, and renew your vows, examining the civic contract between museums and the public.

There will also be a series of linked sessions exploring the issue of diversity and challenging some of the assumptions and myths around the diversity debate, including Muslim communities in Britain, which looks at the creative case for diversity, and LGBTQ history, which explores new strategies for curation and engagement.

Diversity will also be the focus of a big debate on Thursday morning, which asks the question: why does the museum workforce lack diversity and what can be done to change this?

Other big debate sessions across both days aim to provoke discussion around the future of funding, public value, ethics and developing the workforce that we need.

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Conference guide

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