Advocate for your museum on Museums Day

Patrick Steel, 08.03.2017
Event to promote museums’ work planned for 15 May
A series of activities designed to promote the work of UK museums to stakeholders and politicians will take place on 15 May as part of Museums Day.

The day of nationwide political advocacy, organised by the Museums Association (MA) and National Museum Directors Council (NMDC), will be a focal point for all museums to engage with local and national politicians to promote the impact that museums have across social, cultural, economic, scientific and educational spheres.

Museum leaders across the UK will be encouraged to step up their advocacy activity through a range of different activities including writing to key stakeholders, inviting local politicians to visit museums and using social media to promote museums’ work. The Museums Association and NMDC will provide guidance, facts and figures for museums participating in Museums Day prior to the event.

Museums Day

An event in Westminster will provide an opportunity to show MPs and Lords from  across the UK what museums do and why they matter, and to discuss the challenges and opportunities that museums face as the Department for Culture, Media and Sport undertakes its Museums Review.

This event will include a keynote address from Maria Balshaw, the current director of Manchester City Galleries and the future director of Tate, and will showcase a set of innovative museum projects from across the sector.

Further events in the parliaments of the UK’s devolved nations are also being planned for later in the year.

Museums Day follows similar successful events in the US, where the American Alliance for Museums’ Museums Advocacy Day has run for several years.

NMDC chair, Diane Lees, says: “Museums Day will provide a great opportunity for the whole sector to come together to celebrate and promote what museums do and why they matter.

“It will be a chance for us to highlight the unique quality and value of UK museums’ collections and expertise, and to build support for museums from national, regional and local politicians.”

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, says: “Museums Day is a brilliant opportunity for museums of all types and sizes across the UK to make the case for the value of museums to stakeholders and politicians.

“We know that museums are delivering real change for communities as well as social and economic impact. The day will be an opportunity for people who work in museums to meet Westminster politicians and let them know about the life-changing work that they are involved in.”

Further details about Museums Day will be announced soon. Follow us on Twitter @MuseumsAssoc and on the hashtag #museumsdayuk


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06.04.2017, 10:23
So, which genius decided to make Museums Day a Monday?! Come on MA...take a moment and think about how many smaller, regional and local museums who could really benefit from the exposure and advocacy are actually open on Mondays. Not many in my experience...