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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WORKSHOP: Collections Trust – Collections Management Standard

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When: Friday 14 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

The collections management standard (Spectrum 5.0) was launched in September 2017 following extensive consultation with the museum sector. This session, led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), will focus on the documentation and information required for accountability and the Museum Accreditation standard requirement 5.2.

Together, participants will review the latest Spectrum 5.0 primary procedures, with opportunities to reflect on how they are approached by your organisation and develop actions for improvement. Sarah will also highlight the key changes to the standard. Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions and activities, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout.

For further details, and information on how to book, Click Here.

WORKSHOP: Collections Trust – Documentation Procedural Manuals

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When: 25 April 2019, 10.00 – 1.00pm

Where: Lancashire Conservation Studios, Preston

How Much: Free

A documentation procedural manual is an evolving series of clear instructions to standardise the capture, recording, safekeeping and use of information about museum collections. Part of the Collections Trust’s work to support the Accredited Museums scheme in the North West, this workshop will describe the documentation system used in a particular museum and communicate that system to all staff and volunteers. It is a requirement of the Museum Accreditation Scheme that Accredited museums have a documentation procedural manual in place.

This workshop will be led by Sarah Brown (Collections Trust), and will explore what makes a good manual, putting participant’s manuals to the test and identifying how they might be improved.

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CONFERENCE: Rewire – Culture, Audiences and You

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When: 9 – 11 July 2019

Where: Sage Gateshead, Newcastle

How Much: £418.00 – £608.00

Join the Arts Marketing Association for the 2019 Conference and be inspired, share challenges, create new connections and learn new ways of doing things. Delve deep into what it means to connect and realise stronger relationships with audiences, exploring what connection really means for audiences, partners and colleagues to ensure your organisation thrives.

AMA understand that the world is changing quickly, so now’s your chance to step away from the day-to-day and rewire your thinking about your relationships with audiences. What does the future hold for society, our sector, our audiences and our organisations? How can we make the  most of these opportunities? If there are challenges ahead, what tools do we need in order to be resilient?

Join hundreds of other cultural professionals over two and half days of keynotes, breakout sessions, socials and plenty of networking opportunities.

For details of the full programme and how to book your place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Amazing Spaces – New Thinking on Exhibition Design

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When: 30 April, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Wellcome Collection, London

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

With fast advances in technology approaches to exhibition design are changing. A Museums Association’s one-day conference, Amazing Spaces will examine the ever-increasing focus on visitor experience, and the rise of co-curation and co-design. But how can we make use of these advances to tell the best stories possible? The conference will bring together designers, curators and engagement facilitators to discuss how exhibition design is developing, and hear how those behind current design projects have made the most of these opportunities.

Aimed at anyone involved in creating permanent or temporary displays and exhibitions, the day presents new ideas, provoke discussion, and allow delegates to build new relationships.

For further details on speakers, and how to book your place, Click Here

SEMINAR: Touring Exhibition Group’s Annual Marketplace Seminar

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Where: Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum

When: Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May

How Much: £35.00 – £45.00

Join colleagues nationwide at the TEG Marketplace and Pre-Marketplace Seminar for one or two days of networking and inspiration at the UK’s principal touring and partnership exhibitions networking event.

Day One

The first day of this year’s seminar will explore how to commission creative content, graphic design and exhibition build and infrastructure to tour. It will look at the imaginative, practical and contractual steps involved in commissioning artists, writers, poets and other creatives, as well as graphic and exhibition designers, to help you get the most out of these relationships. Speakers will include: Brian Cass, Senior Curator Hayward Touring, Matt Windle, Poetry with a Punch (Birmingham Poet Laureate), Jessica Litherland, Visual Arts and Media Producer, MAC, Emma Daker, Exhibitions and Project Development Manager, Craftspace, and Juneau Projects.

Day Two

TEG’s annual Marketplace is a unique opportunity for organisations developing or supporting the development of touring and partnership exhibitions to network, discuss projects and exchange ideas.

For details of the full programme and how to book your place, Click Here

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.