Last chance for early bird discount at Belfast 2018

Patrick Steel, 13.08.2018
Save up to £130 before 20 August
Early bird booking for delegate places at the Museums Association (MA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Belfast will end on 20 August.

Early bird booking is 20% cheaper than the standard price, which in some cases is a saving of £130 on a delegate place.

The conference takes place at the Belfast Waterfront on 8-10 November, and there is a packed programme of keynote speakers, sessions, seminars and after-hours events.

Our conference host is Roisín Higgins, senior lecturer in history at Teesside University and expert in Irish history. Keynote speakers include Irish poet and playwright Rita Anne Higgins and Laura Raicovich, writer and former president and executive director of Queens Museum, New York.

The conference theme is dissent, and having the courage to challenge traditional thinking to transform museums and society. The conference showcases inspiring work from across the world, highlighting the role museums of all sizes and types can play as dissenting organisations, standing with their communities as they encourage activism and promote positive social change.

Other highlights include Dissenters, session featuring museum consultant Elaine Gurian, who has previously worked at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian, both in Washington, DC; Paddy Gilmore, the head of programmes at National Museums Northern Ireland; and Sara Wajid, the head of engagement at Museum of London and founder of Museum Detox, the network for black and Asian minority ethnic museum workers; and Directors in Conversation, which includes Lynn Scarff, the director of National Museum of Ireland.

The Festival of Change, which embodies the mission of Transformers, the MA’s initiative to encourage radical change in museums, will create spaces at the conference to encourage debate, explore your creativity, and make change happen.

And delegates can choose from a series of free tours around Belfast, Derry/Londonderry, Dublin, and Downpatrick, taking in museums and local history and culture.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone from across the sector and beyond to Belfast in November for what promises to be a fantastic programme of talks, social events and tours that will inspire people to move museums and their own practice to the next level,” says Simon Stephens, the MA’s head of publications and events. “The dissent theme gives a great platform for the radical, innovative and ambitious ideas that are changing the face of museums across the world.”

Subsidised places are available for delegates from smaller museums that are members of the MA – these are limited to 50 places so early booking is advised.

The MA is also partnering with Flybe to offer discounted air fares to Belfast, with flights at 20% off until 20 August.

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