Biggest ever fringe programme at Manchester 2017

Patrick Steel, 18.10.2017
Wide variety of events and networking opportunities on offer
Attendees at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition 2017 can access a variety of events, launches and international networking opportunities at Manchester Central on 16 and 17 November.

At 1pm on Thursday 16 November, the Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) is launching its Lending and Borrowing Experiences Report and updating attendees on its “Preparing to Borrow” programme, designed to prepare and support organisations to borrow objects and exhibitions through the provision of training, resources and mentoring, underpinned by consultation and research.

The Lending and Borrowing Experiences Report, based on wide-reaching sector research, proposes steps to encourage effective and impactful lending and borrowing. Lunch will be served, all welcome.

Speakers at the event include Liz Johnson, the senior manager for the Museums Review at Arts Council England; Suzie Tucker, the head of strategy and communications at the National Museum Directors’ Council; and Charlotte Dew, the Preparing to Borrow Programme manager at the Touring Exhibitions Group. Please book a place via

Also at 1pm on Thursday, individual and institutional ICOM UK members attending the MA Conference are invited to join an exclusive networking lunch to hear first-hand updates from ICOM international networks, on ICOM UK programmes and events, and support for UK museums working internationally. There are limited places, with priority booking for ICOM members. To book email:

At 5.30pm on Thursday, the Department for International Trade (DIT) will be hosting a networking event at which Richard Parry, the head of the DIT’s Experience Economy team, will discuss the DIT’s efforts to help our museums, museum professionals and museum supply companies to access the potentially lucrative US market. Join Richard and some guest speakers for a discussion about the US market – and an opportunity to relax over some US themed refreshments.

Then on the afternoon of Friday 17 November from 1.30pm, Volunteer Makers will be hosting the Pioneering Volunteer Makers conference. Participants will hear from the museums themselves who are pioneering Volunteer Makers and the steps they have taken to create an organisational-wide engagement culture and implement new thinking in volunteer engagement.

Speakers include Laura Kinnear, the curator of the Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham; Hannah Mather, the supervisor of culture and heritage at Jarrow Hall; Fran Riando, the volunteer Manager at the Geffrye Museum in London; Jessica Hartshorn, the learning and outreach officer at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum; and Amanda Hart, the director of the Corinium Museum in Cirencester.

Places at the Pioneering Volunteer Makers conference are limited, but you can book free online at:

Alongside these fringe events, there are a range of smaller meetings, workshops and training sessions – see the conference guide for more details.