How can museums help create a fairer society?

Geraldine Kendall, 26.06.2012
Join in the debate on social justice at Conference 2012
A key strand of this year’s Museums Association Conference & Exhibition in Edinburgh will look at how museums are incorporating social justice ideals into the core of their work.

The social justice theme will form the backdrop of several conference sessions and workshops, giving delegates a chance to debate how the sector can develop its role in creating a just society in the face of budget cuts – or question whether promoting social justice is a luxury museums can no longer afford.

The Just Museum takes a look at how different museums define the term “social justice”, whether it should be at the heart of every museum’s thinking and what it takes to deliver a unified agenda.

Delegates at the Save the Children session will have an opportunity to learn about the ways in which museums and galleries across the UK are making a real difference in tackling child poverty.

A further workshop, Participation: Upping the Ante, will look at how participation and engagement are vulnerable to short-term funding cuts and how, in the face of organisational change, some museums are embedding this thinking at the core of their work through a programme run by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

A final debate, Cultural Rights – Irrelevance or Priority?, will invite delegates to join in what promises to be a lively discussion about whether the right to culture – one of the five inalienable rights outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - is taken seriously enough in the UK.

The MA Conference & Exhibition 2012 takes place on Thursday 8 November and Friday 9 November at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre. An early-bird discount is available to everyone booking before 30 August.

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