Last chance for Manchester 2017 Early Bird booking

Patrick Steel, 09.08.2017
Offer ends on 16 August
Book now to secure your Museums Association (MA) Conference ticket before the early-bird offer ends on 16 August.

Booking now as an MA member will save you £95, or as a non-member £125.

This year’s event in Manchester features an exciting range of keynote speakers, including poet Lemn Sissay, comedian Francesca Martinez and artist Jeremy Deller, and three days of informative and practical sessions, tours and events.

You can meet and network with others in the sector at social events at the Whitworth art gallery, the Museum of Science and Industry and the People’s History Museum (PHM).

The conference themes are audiences, collections and workforce.

There will be training sessions for work related to Museums Change Lives, the MA’s flagship policy for how museums can have a real impact on the communities that they serve.

New for this year’s conference is the Festival of Change, which will provide a playful and creative presence throughout the event. It will embody the spirit of Transformers, the MA’s programme to help museum professionals lead radical change in the sector.

The Festival of Change programme includes protest banner-making workshops at PHM; a nail bar run by Charlie Craggs, a Transactivist; and the Homeless Library, which will give delegates an insight into the lives of people experiencing homelessness.

This year’s event in Manchester also offers a series of 28 Museum Practice and Career Hub Workshops, the chance to meet a world-class range of suppliers on the exhibition floor and a busy programme of fringe events.

"I would strongly encourage people to take advantage of the great discount offer on conference delegate booking before the Early Bird expires,” says Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA.

“I'm really looking forward to the sector coming together in Manchester to discuss how we can rise to the challenges we face and make a real difference to people's lives. We've got a great programme this year that is designed to provoke, inspire and challenge delegates."

The conference will be held at Manchester Central from 16-18 November 2017.

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Conference & Exhibition 2017