Skill up at the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition

Patrick Steel, 24.10.2017
Series of free practical workshops for delegates and visitors
Visitors and delegates at the Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition in Manchester will be able to attend a series of free practical workshops, meet over 80 museum suppliers and consultants, and find out more about the MA’s work.

The Museum Practice and Careers Hub Workshops are 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.

Topics include how to improve access to heritage on a (very) tight budget; using social media to maximise impact; how to write a successful CV; how to win at interviews; and tips and techniques for interpretive text.

Exhibitors include 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.

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 visitors to the MA Hub will be able to meet MA staff and board members responsible for the Transformers programme, the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund, policy, ethics, and representatives from the nations and regions.

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.”

Links and downloads

Register for Exhibition 2017 (delegates are automatically registered)

Museum Practice and Careers Hub Workshops