MA offers subsidised conference places

Nicola Sullivan, 26.05.2015
Discounts offered to smaller institutional member museums
The Museums Association (MA) is offering 50 subsidised places at £126 each for small and medium sized institutional member museums at its annual conference and exhibition in Birmingham.  

The places, worth £460 at full price, include all sessions, receptions, workshops, refreshments, as well as lunch and evening events on both days of the conference, which will take place at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham from 5-6 November. The offer does not include travel or accommodation.

This special offer is on a first-come-first-served basis to staff from member museums with an annual operating budget of less than £313,000. Priority will be given to organisations that have not sent delegates before and subsidised places will be available for one delegate per museum.

Unlike last year the subsidised places will not be funded by Arts Council England and the MA will be covering the full cost of the discounts.

Will Adams, the MA’s head of commerical activities, said the offer was part of efforts to ensure smaller museums had equal opportunities to get involved in the conference, which will tackle a number of issues that affect them.

“We are delighted to announce these special discounted places again this year and we hope they will really benefit staff from smaller museums, especially those that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to attend", Adams said. 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who has not previously attended the conference to meet and share ideas with their peers, learn about the latest and best practice, see recently-launched products, and hear the latest thinking from sector leaders.

"We would encourage anyone who has not been to conference before to consider this offer.”

The conference, which has the theme of Radical Futures, comes at a critical time for museums, galleries and heritage sites. The sector is being affected by changing politics, cuts, devolution and shifting public expectations.

Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss these issues with colleagues from around the UK and abroad.

Among those speaking at the event are Darren Henley, the chief executive of Arts Council England and David Fleming, the president of the MA and the director of National Museums Liverpool.  

There will also be a series of linked sessions that will challenge some of the assumptions and myths surrounding the diversity debate. These sessions will also look at how museums can diversify audiences and work with local communities to tell different stories.

To apply for a subsidised place, download a special offer booking form and send it to the MA’s events coordinator, Lorraine O’Leary:

Links and downloads

Special offer booking form (word)

Conference guide