Introduction by Sharon Heal

Sharon Heal, 07.03.2019
Sharon Heal is the director of the Museums Association, a membership organisation for everyone in museums, galleries and heritage
This supplement is published on the eve of Brexit, amid all the uncertainty that it will inevitably bring.

The museum sector faces ongoing challenges on several fronts, including how to cope with reductions in funding, how to be relevant to diverse audiences and how to provide space for reflection and debate on the pressing issues that our communities face.

The Museums Association (MA) is campaigning for museums to be more socially engaged, ethical and sustainable, and we realise that the people who work in these institutions need the right mixture of support, development and inspiration to do their jobs effectively.

Over the next few years people who work in, and with, museums will need a broad range of skills and knowledge in order to build partnerships, engage new communities and develop sustainable organisations.

We know that it is not only going to be a challenging period ahead, but also that it’s a difficult time to break into the sector, develop your career and reach your potential.

This is why we are committed to delivering professional development, whether you are beginning your career in museums, at mid-career stage or moving into a leadership role.

This year we will launch our new membership offer, which includes professional development as part of your membership and exciting new elements such as the Museum Essentials online learning module.

At the MA, we believe in the power of museums to change lives, and the people in the sector have the power to make that happen.