MA to launch Code of Ethics in England

Patrick Steel, 21.03.2016
IWM and Wellcome Trust directors on panel at free event
The Museums Association (MA) will launch its revised Code of Ethics in England at a free event on 22 April, with a panel discussion chaired by MA director Sharon Heal.

The panel will feature Simon Chaplin, the director of culture and society at the Wellcome Collection, Di Lees, the director of the Imperial War Museum, Maev Kennedy, a journalist at The Guardian, and Rowan Brown, the chair of the MA’s Ethics Committee.

Those attending the event at the Wellcome Collection in London will also have a chance to take part in a training and discussion session, run by the MA’s policy officer Alistair Brown, which will examine real-life ethical dilemmas.

“The new Code of Ethics is a living breathing document that should enable us all to deal with the challenging everyday ethical dilemmas that we face,” said Heal. “The launch is a chance to debate ideas and get to grips with the pressing issues that we face as a sector.

“We are wrestling with huge issues in society and they are reflected in our museums and galleries. Let's embrace the debate with colleagues and the public.”

The Code of Ethics launch will take place on 22 April at the Wellcome Collection in London, from 1.30pm to 4.30pm, and is free to attend.

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