Darren Henley to speak at Birmingham 2015

Patrick Steel, 05.05.2015
Arts council chief executive to give conference keynote
Darren Henley, the chief executive of Arts Council England (ACE), is to give a keynote speech at the Museums Association Conference & Exhibition in Birmingham.

Henley took over the post from Alan Davey last month after 22 years at Classic FM and is the author of The Henley Review of Cultural Education.

Published in 2012, the report made a number of recommendations including a broad cultural education for every child; a national plan for cultural education in England; and a Cultural Education Partnership group set up by arms-length bodies for a single strategic commissioning fund for cultural education money.

Other conference highlights include a series of debates on issues such as diversity, the future of funding, public value, ethics and developing the workforce we need; and sessions on diversifying the workforce, working in partnership with differently-abled visitors, partnering with higher education organisations, and the role of museums in conflict resolution.

There will also be a number of networking events including drinks receptions at Thinktank and Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, and the annual conference Tweetup.

Early-bird booking for Birmingham 2015 is available until 7 August.


Our accommodation provider for Birmingham 2015, JP Events Leeds Ltd, has negotiated special rates for conference delegates, which can only be accessed through JP Events' website.

MP workshops

Museums and suppliers are invited to put forward proposals to hold a Museum Practice workshop for exhibition visitors and conference delegates at the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition 2015 in Birmingham.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is 26 May.

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