Moving on Up takes place in Edinburgh on 28 February

Breakout sessions confirmed for MA's early careers conference

Nicola Sullivan, 08.02.2017
Writing CVs and fundraising to be tackled
The Museums Association’s (MA) professional development and networking event Moving on Up will offer breakout activities covering writing CVs and interviewing skills, fundraising, self-reflection and budget management.  

The event, chaired by consultant, facilitator and coach, Hilary Carty, will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 28 February.

Dhikshana Pering, the learning officer at the London Transport Museum, will lead a workshop exploring how museum professionals can reflect on their own practice, nurture effective habits and tackle challenging situations at work. This session will be linked a keynote session on using failure as a tool for empowerment presented by Matt Turtle and Jess Turtle, co-founders of the Museum of Homelessness.

The MA’s professional development officer Tamsin Russell will present sessions on CVs and interviewing skills. Tricia Johnstone, the MA’s head of finance, will teach delegates how to set and manage a budget, and collections development officer Sarah Briggs will lead a session on fundraising.

Meanwhile, David McLeod, the museum marketing and visitor services officer at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, will share his top tips on using social media.

Keynote speakers include:

Author Louise Welsh will explore the future role of arts and culture, as well as shed light on her career journey and her efforts to help Glasgow recognise its links to the slave trade.

Sharon Heal, the director of the MA, will deliver a participatory session demonstrating how museum professionals can create change inside and outside their institutions.  

Sebastian Deterding, the founder of design agency Coding Conduct and senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, will talk about how new technology and gaming is influencing exhibition design, audiences and interpretation. 

The programme also includes a panel of high profile museum professionals discussing their careers. On the panel are: Sarah Munro, the director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Stephen Allen, the head of learning and programmes, National Museums Scotland (NMS); Jilly Burns, the head of national and international partnerships, NMS; and Sara Wajid, the head of interpretation, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Early-career museum professionals attending the event will also get to find out about other MA initiatives such as Transformers, which includes a strand called Influence aimed at those who are new to the sector and who want to learn more about developing active partnerships within their communities, with the ambition of affecting the museum sector more widely.

All delegates will be encouraged to post inspirational moments from the day on the MA's Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account using the hashtags #inspiration and #MOU2017. 
The author of the best post will win a free place at a one-day MP seminar of their choice or free registration for the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA). The winner will be announced in the MA’s newsletter on 9 March.

Nicola Sullivan, who organised the programme for Moving on Up, said: “Moving on Up 2017 is going to be an exciting event jam-packed with inspiring keynote speakers and breakout activities designed to improve delegates’ core skills.

“Everyone has the power to be an agent for change and this event will help those in the first five years of a museum job to realise their potential, take control of their own career and create change in their own organisations and the wider sector.”

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