The MA's plans for the year ahead

Geraldine Kendall, 05.01.2011
2011 will bring the launch of Yearbook online, more advocacy and increased dialogue with members

The Museums Association (MA) has a range of new developments in the pipeline for 2011. On 31 January the Museums and Galleries Yearbook online edition will go live on our website, allowing users to easily search through over 3,000 entries by collection type, attendance figures, staff lists, and much more. Yearbook online will be an invaluable resource for everyone working in the sector.

Effective Collections is also due to launch a new grant scheme this month. The Esmée Fairbairne Collection Fund focuses on collections work outside the scope of an organisation’s core resources, and will make £800,000 available per year over two grant rounds. The first round runs until 31 May – see our website next week for further details.

The MA is keen to build a strong dialogue with our members. We will be introducing a number of new initiatives in 2011, including members’ meetings at least four times a year, the appointment of 12 member correspondents across the UK and separate pages on our website where each region can exchange news and information. A review will also take place later in the year to establish a fairer membership structure.

Following on from MA director Mark Taylor’s recent meetings with culture secretary Jeremy Hunt and Alan Davey, director of Arts Council England, the MA will continue lobbying the government, the media and key organisations on behalf of the museum sector. We will also build on last year’s …Love Museums campaign, offering further resources for museums to advocate at a local level.

This year’s Annual Conference and Exhibition takes place in Brighton from 3-4 October. Entry prices will be reduced, making the event more accessible to all our members. The MA is accepting session proposals until 18 February, and anyone with an interesting subject to discuss can apply - click here to find out more.

The MA’s head of sales and marketing Will Adams said: “2011 promises to be a dynamic year for the MA. As well as introducing a range of new benefits and resources for our members, the MA is doing everything possible to campaign for museums at the highest level.

“We aim to continue building a greater dialogue with our members, both online and through regional spokespeople, ensuring everyone in the sector has a chance to make their voice heard through the MA.”