Moving on Up will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Take control of your career at the MA's professional development conference

Nicola Sullivan, 13.12.2016
Moving on Up will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Activism in museums, diversity, new technology and embracing failure are just some of the topics tackled by speakers at Moving on Up – the Museums Association’s (MA) one-day career development conference.

The next Moving on Up will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 28 February. Chaired by consultant, facilitator and coach Hilary Carty, the event aims to empower and inspire a proactive museum staff who challenge themselves and the sector, and includes keynotes, practical sessions and speed mentoring.

Otegha Uwagba, brand consultant, writer and founder of Woman Who, will speak on how to develop a personal brand. Making an impact face-to-face, creating a compelling online profile and effective networking are among the issues that will be covered.   

Sharon Heal, director of the MA, will deliver a participatory session demonstrating how museum professionals can create change inside and outside their institutions. And Jess Turtle, Transformers project coordinator at the MA and co-founder of the Museum of Homelessness, will lead a discussion on how use process failure and use it as a tool for empowerment.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Deterding, founder of design agency Coding Conduct and senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, will talk about how new technology is influencing exhibition design, audiences and interpretation.

Delegates will also have the chance to quiz a panel of high profile museum professionals on their careers. On the panel are: Sarah Munro, director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Stephen Allen, the head of learning and programmes, National Museums Scotland; Jilly Burns, head of national and international partnerships, National Museums Scotland; and Sara Wajid, the head of interpretation, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Jagoda Olender, who attended Moving on Up in 2016, said: “It was a fantastic experience which gave me an opportunity to gain more insight into the sector, connect with other museum professionals and people with similar interests and boost my confidence. I learned a great deal from the speakers and I implement this knowledge in my museum work.”

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