MA announces full Cardiff 2014 programme

Patrick Steel, 08.07.2014
Early-bird discount ends 31 July
The full programme for the Museums Association’s (MA) Conference & Exhibition 2014, which takes place in Cardiff from 9-10 October, has been announced today.

The theme of conference is Museums Change Lives, the MA’s vision for the impact of museums, and sessions will explore both the top-level policy debate and ways in which organisations can make a difference on the ground.

A feature of Cardiff 2014 will be the Resilience room, where delegates can discuss how best to face the challenges of day-to-day survival, with sessions on partnerships, funding and the workforce.

Delegates can meet peers and colleagues at behind-the-scenes breakfast tours, evening networking events, a tweet-up, and drinks receptions, and can sign up for a dinner date with MA staff members or a leading sector figure in a revival of last year’s popular Come Dine With Me event.

Sessions include a look at the MA’s proposals to change its code of ethics, future-proofing your museum, the role of museums in helping people explore their identity, and developing front-of-house to transform your museum.

Keynotes include António Vieira, founder and director of Museu da Maré, an innovative community museum in one of the largest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, actor Mat Fraser, and MA president David Anderson.

Fraser, who performed in the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics, will give a keynote performance of his acclaimed show Cabinet of Curiosities: How Disability Was Kept In A Box, which explores the history of disability in museum collections.

Anderson’s keynote will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the MA, looking back to the early pioneers of museums and forward to the future of the sector.

This year’s conference will also feature a number of off-site sessions, including With New Eyes I See, an immersive documentary/exhibition created by yello brick and Cardiff University using archival materials from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales; and Coal Not Dole: Women Against Pit Closures, a pop-up museum, crowdsourced via social media in the run up to the conference.

Delegates can also debate the position and future of maritime museums in the UK at a session at World of Boats in Cardiff Bay, chaired by Richard James, the chairman of Maritime Heritage Trust Wales.

Will Adams, the MA’s head of sales and marketing, said: “Now we have the full programme and the speakers in place, this is looking to be one of the most exciting conferences we’ve run. Cardiff is going to be a fantastic host city and we have some great speakers, sessions and networking events, with something for everyone in the museum, gallery and heritage sector.

“Don’t forget to book before the end of 31 July to make sure you get the benefit of the discount for your place at Cardiff 2014.”

The MA’s conference and exhibition takes place at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on Thursday 9 October and Friday 10 October 2014.

Discounted places are available at the MA’s early bird rate until Thursday 31 July.

MA members booking before the deadline will receive up to £90 off the price of attending both days.


Cardiff 2014 full programme

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