Conferences and Lectures

A list of forthcoming museum and heritage conferences, lectures, seminars and discussions taking place across the North West and beyond.
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CONFERENCE: Sporting Heritage Summit 2019

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When: Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 October 2019

Where: CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket, Cardiff

How Much: £20.00 – £105.00

Sporting Heritage’s annual conference brings together key members form the heritage and sport sectors, along with sharing best practice case studies, providing hands on advice and guidance, and increasing the confidence and knowledge of those wishing to develop sporting heritage activity. This year’s summit will aim to explore the key issues effecting the sector and work together to draw conclusions about how to ensure sporting heritage in the UK is able to grow and thrive.

To view the full programme and book a place, Click Here

CONFERENCE: Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2019

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When: 3 – 5 October 2019

Where: Brighton Conference Centre

How Much: £130.00 – £650.00

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  The theme of Brighton 2019 is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The conference looks at how the sector can help to create a more sustainable world, how it can communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to audiences, and how museums can support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society.

The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world and what of kind leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

TKeynote speakers include Clayton Thomas-Müller, campaigner for indigenous rights and environmental and economic justice. He is based in Winnipeg, Canada, and is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan, in Northern Manitoba. He is a senior campaign specialist with, an international movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

Other sessions throughout the conference cover topics such as decolonisation, repatriation, sponsorship, curation, health and wellbeing, biodiversity, leadership, gender, workforce and diversity. There are also a host of seminars and training – all developed to facilitate fresh thinking.


Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

For further information and details on how to book your ticket, visit the conference’s website, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Connection, Action, Innovation: Forging dynamic and lasting partnerships with communities

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When: Wednesday 11 – Friday 13 September 2019

Where: Torquay Museum, Devon

How Much: £185.00 – £365.00

This year’s annual GEM conference is a great opportunity to connect with the fantastic heritage learning community, sharing our challenges and celebrating our innovations. For this edition, GEM are collaborating with South West Museum Development to learn about the huge achievements in community relationship-building, volunteering and managing limited resources in this area. The GEM conference is always a friendly, supportive and positive environment where delegates can create a buzz and leave with renewed passion and concrete next steps, striking a balance between reconnecting with the philosophy of what we do and generating practical takeaways.  This year’s keynote speakers will include: David Anderson, National Museums Wales, Ali Bennett, Qatar Museums, and Piotr Bienkowski, Consultant.

For more information and details on how to book your place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Bright Ideas – New Perspectives on Museum Lighting

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When: 11 September 2019

Where: Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

Hosted by the Museums Association, this one-day conference will explore the current opportunities that lighting innovation offers, examining the benefits as well as the challenges for those working in displays, exhibitions, conservation, design and interpretation, bringing you up to date with innovations in museum lighting.

Lighting designers will share some of the most recent and exciting technological developments, and explain how these might be used in museums to create atmosphere and show off objects without compromising conservation and environmental standards.

Delegates will have the opportunity to talk to designers over an extended lunch period, visit tabletop stands and enjoy specially commissioned demos.

To find out more and to book places, Click Here.


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Cumbria Consortium’s Contemporary Collecting Workshop

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When: Friday 6 September 2019, 10.45am – 3.00pm

Where: Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle

How Much: FREE

Open to all heritage professionals and volunteers who are interested in developing their own practice around contemporary collecting, or who would simply like to learn a bit more about what it actually is, this workshop will uncover current museum thinking about how we collect contemporary culture, by asking and answering the question: how do we better reflect current events and issues, and how do we represent our own communities within our collections?

Hosted by Tullie House in partnership with the Contemporary Collecting Group, the workshop will focus on some key themes relating to contemporary collecting, as well as looking at examples of best practice and the challenges that museums all face in developing contemporary collecting practice.

Places are free, but limited so please contact if you would like to attend, or need further information.

Museums Association Conference
16 – 18 November 2017

This year the conference moves to Manchester with three key themes: audiences, collections and workforce. For full details of the conference, programme and booking details click here.
Alongside the main conference visit the free exhibition of industry suppliers, network and make new contacts and access 30 free Museum Practice and Careers Hub workshops covering a range of topics including digital, audiences, collections and careers.