Lunches and launches at Belfast 2018

Patrick Steel, 31.10.2018
Meet Department for International Trade, One by One, and Icom UK at conference
A series of lunches, launches and networking events are being held at the Museums Association (MA) Annual Conference & Exhibition 2018 in Belfast.

Delegates will get the chance to meet representatives from the One by One digital literacy project, Icom UK and the Department for International Trade. The MA is also launching Power to the People, new framework for participatory practice.

On Thursday at 1000 in the Arc, delegates can hear about the One by One project, which aims to help UK museums' staff and volunteers, in all roles and at all levels, improve their digital confidence. Attendees will learn the project’s key insights so far and how they and their museums can get involved.

At 1310 in Bar 2, delegates can attend the Icom UK lunch, which aims to expand attendees’ international networks and meet colleagues interested in international projects and partnerships.

The lunch is an opportunity for conference delegates interested in working internationally to network with colleagues from the UK, Asia and Africa. There will also be information about the 2019 ICOM Triennial Conference in Kyoto and the launch of the 2019 Working Internationally Conference in London.

At 1310 in the Arc, the MA will launch Power to the People, a new framework for participatory practice that will support museums develop their work with communities.

And on Friday at 1230 in the Arc, delegates can meet a delegation from Hong Kong at the Department for International Trade (DIT) lunch.

Hong Kong is a key market for the Department for International Trade’s Creative Industries Team. It has a vibrant museum scene, and the DIT wants to create closer links between the UK and Hong Kong museum communities. The delegation has been organised by the British Council in Hong Kong.

“Fringe events have become a really important part of the MA Annual Conference and Exhibition, and it is fantastic to see such a broad range of activities in Belfast,” says Simon Stephens, the MA’s head of publications and events.

“The Department for International Trade, Icom UK and the One by One project are all running networking events that delegates will find interesting and informative, and the launch of Power to the People will be a great help to museums looking to improve their work with communities.”

Sharon Heal, the MA’s director, said: “We are delighted to be launching the Power to the People framework at conference.

“It has been put together with a steering group of experts in participatory practice and is based on research exploring what practitioners need. We hope the framework will support and improve the work that museums are doing with their communities and look forward to seeing the development of this work over the next few years.

“It’s really encouraging that major funders have backed this work and we are hopeful that this will inspire people who work in museums to use it. Particular thanks go to the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation for their financial support and encouragement.”

Booking for conference ends on Monday 5 November 2018. Book now to ensure your place and help shape the future of the museum sector.

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