Kathryn Thomson, chief executive of National Museums Northern Ireland

Museum directors to debate the future of the sector

Nicola Sullivan, 27.05.2016
Panellists at MA conference will shed light on the development of their institutions
Museum directors will debate the future of the cultural sector at the Museums Association’s (MA) annual conference, which will take place at the SECC in Glasgow from 7-9 November.
Tonya Nelson, head of UCL Museums and Collections; Kathryn Thomson, chief executive of National Museums Northern Ireland; and Gordon Rintoul, director of National Museums Scotland will also reveal how they see their own organisations developing and contributing to change.
Chaired by Lucy Harland, the director of Lucidity Media, the session 'In Conversation' will take place on 7 November.
“Delegates can look forward to an energetic and honest discussion about the future of the sector from the directors that are playing a key role in shaping it,” says Simon Stephens, head of publications and events at the Museums Association (MA).

“The panel will shed light on how technology, funding cuts, a changing audience demographic, and societal and environmental challenges, will affect how museums function.”
The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals. The event is made up of a paid for conference and a free-to-attend exhibition. Speakers from the UK and abroad will discuss the latest thinking about museums, galleries and heritage sites.

This year's themes are: people and places, being brave and health and wellbeing: impact, evidence and delivery.

Among the keynote speakers are: Jackie Kay, the national poet for Scotland; Oonagh Aitken, the chief executive of Volunteering Matters; and Alexandre Fernandes and Luiz Alberto Oliveira from the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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