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Don't miss MA members' meetings in your area

Geraldine Kendall, 12.03.2014
Re-energised format will offer new networking opportunities
The Museums Association (MA) is planning a series of free members’ meetings over the next few months to connect with members in the South East, Yorkshire and the East of England.

The first meeting, for individual and institutional MA members based in the South East, takes place at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge in Canterbury on 21 March.

The jam-packed timetable includes an interactive session on MA policy with the MA director Mark Taylor and a Q&A with MA president David Anderson.

Anderson said: “The museum sector is experiencing rapid change and the most significant budget cuts in a generation. The MA needs to support its members through this challenging period and I will invite suggestions from members how it can best do this.”

Other sessions will examine what museums in the region need and discuss the actions and activities taking place under the MA’s centrepiece campaign, Museum Change Lives.

Participants will have plenty of opportunities to network over lunch and will also have a chance to tour the Beaney.

The next two meetings are at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery on 29 April, for members in Yorkshire, and at Colchester Castle on 13 May, for members in the East of England.

The MA has decided to rejig the format of these meetings in order to give participants more chances to network and explore new spaces and museum exhibitions.

Meetings will start at 4pm and go on into the early evening, with drinks, nibbles and a chance to chat to museum colleagues and MA staff.

Sharon Heal, head of publications and events, said: “The MA has rolled out a nationwide series of members' meetings and now we're going to try something a bit different.

“The new style members' meetings will be held in the late afternoon to early evening. The emphasis is on three things: MA policy, networking and seeing something new.

“We all know how difficult it is to get away from our desks – especially at the moment – these meetings will hopefully give members a chance to chat with colleagues and MA staff as well as exploring new spaces and exhibitions.

“They are open to all individual and institutional members and are an excellent way of connecting with people and places.”

Book your place now:

South East member’s meeting

Yorkshire members’ meeting

East of England members’ meeting