One of the free tours is to the newly reopened Hastings Contemporary

Free museum tours for Conference delegates

Eleanor Mills, 29.08.2019
A host of visits to venues across the south east on Saturday 5 October
Delegates to this year’s Museums Association Conference and Exhibition in Brighton can take advantage of free museum tours on Saturday 5 October.

There are plenty of options for those who want to stay in central Brighton, with a morning tour offered at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, with a particular focus on the rich range of projects the museum has celebrating and connecting with LGBTQ lives.

The other morning option in Brighton is a tour of the Booth Museum of Natural History, picking up on the sustainable conference theme and looking at the museum’s changing role in wildlife conservation.

There are afternoon tours of the Climate Museum UK at ONCA Gallery, a behind-the-scenes tour of the ongoing restoration of Brighton Dome, or a local geology beach walk looking at a period of climate change 200,000 years ago during an ice age.

For delegates who want to take advantage of options further afield, there are three coach tours to choose from.

A tour to Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne takes in the newly-opened exhibitions at the iconic modernist De La Warr Pavilion, followed by lunch in the cafe there.

The coach will then take delegates to the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne for a tour around the exhibition of David Nash’s sculpture. An hour-long journey back will deliver delegates back in Brighton around 5pm.

Another day trip takes delegates out to Hastings to visit the newly reopened Hastings Contemporary in the morning to catch the inaugural exhibitions of work by the contemporary artists Tal R and Roy Oxlade, as well as displays of the illustrator Quentin Blake and the 20th-century modernist painter David Bomberg. A review of Hastings Contemporary will be published in the October edition of Museums Journal.

In the afternoon, the team at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery will talk about upcoming projects and guide delegates around the Art and Life on the Stade exhibition.

Chiming with the conference theme, the show focuses on sustainable fishing and the local fleet of boats that have been launched there for more than 1,000 years. The coach should deliver delegates back in Brighton for 5.30pm.
The final tour option for delegates is ride out to Charleston near Lewes, the former home of the Bloomsbury Group of artists, where small groups will be guided around the house, followed by a leisurely wander around the artists’ garden and a talk from the museum team.

In the afternoon, delegates will catch the coach to Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft where Fun Palaces will be doing a pop up intervention. Arrival back in Brighton should be around 4pm.

All guided tours must be pre-booked, which delegates can do once they book their place at Conference.

All delegates will be required to pay for their own lunch on all tours offered. The tours themselves are free.