Visit over 80 suppliers at Manchester 2017

Patrick Steel, 20.09.2017
Exhibition to feature networks hub and on-stand demos
Visitors to the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition in Manchester will be able to meet over 80 museum suppliers and consultants.

These include exhibition consultants, storage specialists, lighting companies, software developers, app designers, and digitisation experts.

The exhibition will feature on-stand demonstrations and special offers to help you and your museum stay on top of the latest technology.

Visitors can also attend the Museum Practice and Careers Hub Workshops, a series of half-hour long workshops around the themes of careers; collections, interpretation and exhibition design; learning and engagement; and technology and digital.

Speakers at the workshops include Alice Payne, the head of content at Art UK; Elise Naish, the collections manager at Luton Culture; Antonio Benitez, the director of the Manchester Science Festival; and John Sear, a game designer of museum games.

Also at the exhibition, the Networks Hub is a chance for visitors to meet some of the specialist museum organisations that support the sector, while MA staff and regional and national MA representatives will be at the MA Hub to tell you more about our programmes, events, professional development, and funds.

And the Festival of Change offers a fringe programme that aims to surprise visitors with opportunities to explore, create and debate.

Zoe Spencer, the MA’s marketing and membership manager, says: “We are very excited about the exhibition and programme of events at this year's annual conference.

“The range of topics covered in the Museum Practice Workshops means there is something for anyone who wants to attend on either or both days. For those who feel they need some professional development guidance, the Careers Hub sessions are an excellent way to get reinvigorated and boost your career. 


“And I personally can't wait to experience the Festival of Change - a new addition this year. This series of surprising interventions and activities will encourage radical change, inspire activism and create debate. It is an opportunity for visitors to the exhibition to get involved, have some fun and discover new ways to challenge norms. 


“It is fantastic to continue building on the exhibition each year, and to be able to offer visitors such a great range of free content, excellent learning opportunities and the chance to meet the best companies working with museums today.”

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