Last chance to book Brighton 2019 conference

Yosola Olorunshola, 25.09.2019
An unmissable line-up of keynotes, debates and free seminars and workshops
With a week to go until this year’s Museums Association (MA) Conference & Exhibition in Brighton, there's still time to book your place at Europe’s largest event for museums and galleries. 

Taking place from 3-5 October, this year’s conference will be hosted by curator and comedian Subhadra Das and features two days of inspirational keynotes and dynamic sessions, social events at Brighton’s museums and a day of tours to fascinating venues across south east England. 

Addressing the theme of Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World, the programme will explore major global questions that have a ripple effect beyond our sector, from responding to the climate crisis to decolonising collections and the role of museums in communities. 

On Thursday, environmental and indigenous rights activist Clayton Thomas-Müller and climate activist and lawyer Farhana Yamin – who was arrested earlier this year for gluing herself to the London headquarters of Shell as part of Extinction Rebellion – will deliver keynotes. British-Egyptian writer and political commentator Ahdaf Soueif, who recently resigned as a trustee of the British Museum, will give the closing keynote on Friday. 

MA president Maggie Appleton will open our annual general meeting, which will be followed by the awards ceremony for the Museums Change Lives Awards - celebrating museums making a social impact around the UK. 

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Alongside the main sessions, Festival of Change will be led by Culture Declares Emergency, showcasing a series of creative interventions to explore the planetary crisis. 

The programme also features an extensive range of free events and activities to offer practical skills for your professional development. Open to delegates and non-paying visitors, our free exhibition features 30 free seminars, including digital workshops, CV and freelance advice, a first look at our online learning platform and much more. 

This year’s exhibition is an ideal chance to meet more than 80 of the sector’s leading suppliers, see the latest products on the market and take advantage of special offers and on-stand demos. In addition, Microsoft will host a session on empowering museums and galleries through digital transformation, and delegates will have the chance to meet representatives from the UK’s Department for International Trade.


There’ll be no shortage of opportunities to network with colleagues after a busy day of talks and workshops. The Booth Museum and the Hove Museum will be open for Museum Lates on Wednesday, while the conference party will take place on Thursday at the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Museum and Gallery. On Saturday, delegates are invited to take part in a number of tours to venues across south-east England. 

And if you are unable to attend in person, the main keynotes and sessions will be livestreamed via the MA’s website and social channels to allow you to tune in remotely at no cost.

A chance to be inspired by activists taking a stand, challenged by contemporary debate, or simply gain new skills and meet people from across the sector and beyond, this year’s MA conference is an unmissable date for your calendar.

The MA Conference & Exhibition 2019 takes place at the Brighton Centre on 3-5 October. To avoid queues on the day, book online for conference tickets or to 

Conference tickets and exhibition registration will also be available at the reception desk during the event.