Free workshops to discuss MA Code of Ethics

Patrick Steel, 10.03.2015
Events in Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds and Cardiff
The Museums Association (MA) is holding a series of free events across the UK, in Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds and Cardiff, to consult on changes to its Code of Ethics.

The events will be an opportunity for museum professionals and stakeholders to hear about the ongoing review of the Code of Ethics and to discuss key ethical issues that require further examination, following the online consultation, which closed last month with over 100 responses from individuals, museums and organisations across the sector.

The consultation workshops will consist of a series of short sessions looking at the ethics of issues such as collections care and disposal, public engagement, social impact, digital collections, and partnership working. They will also look at the over-arching values that define the sector.

They will run from 1pm to 5pm, and take place on 1 April at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow; 21 May at the Ulster Museum in Belfast; 4 June at Leeds Art Gallery; and 5 June at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales in Cardiff.

Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer, said: “Our online consultation has shown that there is a real appetite for a Code of Ethics that reflects the core principles and values of museums, as well as providing guidance on key ethical dilemmas that museums face.

“These workshops are a continuation of the conversation with the sector about how we can make the Code of Ethics a more useful, more user-friendly document.

“We’re really pleased to be able to invite people to attend these free events, which are a one-off chance to speak up about the future of museums and the common rules that should apply to the whole sector.”

The MA plans to put changes to the code to its members at its AGM, which takes place at its annual conference in Birmingham in November.


1 April, Glasgow

21 May, Belfast

4 June, Leeds

5 June, Cardiff