Subhadra Das, curator at UCL Culture, will discuss eugenics and expertise as a bridge to agency at the event on 20 March. Photo © Alex Lacey

Programme announced for future of collections seminar

Rebecca Atkinson, 07.02.2018
Take part in the discussions on 20 March
The Museums Association (MA) is holding a far-reaching conference exploring what the future holds for museum collections and how they can be used to engage audiences and change people’s lives.

The Future of Museums: Collections seminar takes place on 20 March at the Wellcome Collection in London. Through a diverse range of speakers, the event will present bold views on the future of collections and collection management, as well as innovative ways that museums can work with communities and other partners to unlock the potential of the objects they hold.

Delegates will also have the chance to hear about the MA’s new policy work on collections, including the launch of a sector-wide survey, and the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, which is run by the MA to fund projects that develop collections to achieve social impact.

Speakers on the day include Neil Curtis, the head of museums and special collections at Aberdeen University; Sara Wajid, the head of engagement at the Museum of London; Mark Carnall, the collections manager at Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History; and Subhadra Das, a curator at UCL Culture.

Topics that will be discussed include include repatriation, rationalisation, decolonising museums and conflict resolution. The talks will be split across three themes - Being Brave, Social Impact and Expertise.

Sharon Heal, the director of the MA, will facilitate the Social Impact theme at the Future of Museums: Collections event.

She said: “Collections are at the heart of museums but it is the connection that we make between collections and communities that can be life-changing and transformative.

"The MA has long campaigned for the effective use of collections and we are now encouraging museums to become more socially engaged and to work with their communities to explore the stories their collections can tell.

"This conference will form part of the important debate and discussion about the future of collections that we are kicking off in 2018.”


Programme and booking information for Future of Museums: Collections