Delegates at Birmingham 2015

Propose a session for Glasgow 2016

Patrick Steel, 19.01.2016
Share your ideas with the sector at the MA’s annual conference
The Museums Association (MA) is calling for session proposals for its annual conference, which takes place this year at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow on 7-8 November.

Themes and topics being considered this year are a sense of place: telling the stories of people, communities and collections; and being brave: taking risks and being courageous, ambitious, innovative, outspoken and creative.

The MA would also welcome proposals that involve speakers from outside the sector and, reflecting the increasing number of international delegates at conference, those that have an international dimension.

Simon Stephens, the MA’s head of publications and events, said: “The MA annual conference has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and we want to build on that success for Glasgow 2016.

“The conference panel, which is made up of museum professionals and MA staff, has been discussing themes and topics for this year’s event and emerging themes include a sense of place, which will look at how museums help to tell the stories of people, communities and collections. The other theme centres on being brave and the need to take risks and be ambitious, innovative and creative, particularly in these challenging times.

“We had a record number of delegates and visitors in Birmingham last year, including high numbers of international delegates, and we are seeking proposals on sessions of interest and relevant to both UK and international delegates.

“Last year we had some challenging and stimulating speakers, in particular from outside the sector, and we are looking to continue that tradition this year. We want to hear different voices that will inspire, provoke and challenge us.”

The deadline for session proposals is 26 February 2016.

Links and downloads

Session proposal form

Session proposal guidance notes (pdf)