Museums United: How to be resilient and have an impact will be hosted by the Museum Of Science And Industry in Manchester

Robinson: resilience event is a chance to share best practice

Patrick Steel, 17.11.2014
Subsidised places still available for Museums United
The Museums Association’s (MA) event Museums United: How to be resilient and have an impact is an opportunity to share best practice, said Mark Robinson, the director of consultancy Thinking Practice and author of the arts council’s paper Making Adaptive Resilience Real.

"It is an opportunity for people to talk to each other about how the museum sector can carry on doing what it does best, while also responding to the world around them," said Robinson, who will be speaking at the event, adding: "There is no one size fits all option, no magic formula.

"My key message will be that shared purpose is at the heart of resilience, whether it is working together or picking each others’ brains to share best practice."

The one-day seminar in Manchester next week will cover topics such as developing a meaningful mission statement; the relationship between governance and resilience; organisational change; using museum assets to develop income; and developing community advocates.

The day will end with a group workshop giving delegates the chance to start developing their own action plan for resilience.

A wide range of experienced museum and culture professionals will be speaking at the event, including Robinson, Stephen Feber, a cultural consultant and the director of the Museums and Resilient Leadership programme, and Simon Cane, the incoming deputy director of public and cultural engagement at University College London.

The MA has received support from Arts Council England to offer 120 subsidised delegate places at the seminar for small to medium organisations seeking to develop the skills, capacity and confidence to become more resilient and increase their impact. This has enabled the MA to reduce the delegate fee to just £50, compared to standard rates of £125 and over.

A number of these subsidised places are still available on a first-come-first-served basis.

The MA’s director, Sharon Heal, said: “Many museums face a challenging funding environment. One way of dealing with the cuts is to create resilient museums that have a clear purpose.

"I'm delighted that we have been able to work with Arts Council England on this event and hope that people from small- and medium-sized museums that will really benefit from the content and discussion will be able to attend."

The one-day seminar takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 25 November 2014.


Museums United: How to be resilient and have an impact