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: Championing Accessible Museums

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When: 12 December 2019, 10.30am – 4.30pm

Where: Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

How Much: £55.00 – £195.00

There are nearly 14 million disabled people living in the UK, but many museums continue to struggle to welcome them as visitors, volunteers and members of the workforce. What can be done to address disabled access, participation and representation? How can individuals and organisations embed inclusive practice?

Through a series of practical talks as well as interactive discussion, debate and exchange, this one-day Museums Association conference explores how museums can become truly inclusive spaces and representational platforms, and champion equality at every level.

This event is for anyone who is working towards diversity and inclusion at a museum or relevant organisation.

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

CONFERENCE: Engage 2019

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When: 5 – 6 November 2019,

Where: Northumbria University, Newcastle and Gateshead

How Much: £175.00 – £420.00

The Engage Conference 2019, Unlocking Culture: an entitlement for children and young people, will examine the benefits and challenges of young people’s access to the arts, exploring best practice, partnerships and policies from the sector.

Key contributors at the conference will be young people, whose voices will build a UK-wide picture of their current cultural access and how culture can be delivered more on their terms. Examples of best practice will focus on innovative work that help children and young people overcome the barriers they encounter (both real and perceived) and embrace them as leaders and co-creators. Delegates will hear from organisations and individuals who are giving a voice to the marginalised. Experts will showcase programmes through which access to the arts has been created or improved for young people with special educational needs, disabilities and mental health issues, as well as those facing challenging circumstances such as rural isolation and socio-economic deprivation.

The event will be useful for anyone working in cultural education, particularly those involved in the visual arts and heritage across the UK and beyond. Delegates can expect to take away tangible ideas and actions to build into their own work. The conference is intended to be a conversation starter, to encourage educators to think differently and listen closely to youth voices.

For further details on the programme and information on how to book your place, Click Here


MDNW WORKSHOPS: Green GB Week, Carbon Literacy workshops

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When: 4 – 8 November 2019

Where: Various locations across the North West

How Much: Free

In June 2019 the UK  government set a  legally binding target to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Museums, big and small, must play their part in addressing climate change if they are to stay relevant to their visitors.

During the UK’s second Green GB Week (4-8 November), MDNW is making the pledge that there will be a Carbon Literacy workshop running within 40 miles of every Accredited museum in the North West. Each full day workshop will be delivered either by MDNW staff or a member of the Carbon Literacy trainers network. The workshops are open to any staff, volunteers or trustees in any Accredited museum (or museum working towards Accreditation) in the North West, or any staff member from a recognised organisation that supports the museums in the North West region.

To find out more about the workshop programme and/or to book onto a workshop, click on the link on your chosen date below:

CONFERENCE: Reap the Rewards, Benefiting from Rural Networks

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When: 13th November 2019

Where: Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry

How Much: Free

If you are a non-specialist working with, or looking after, rural and agricultural collections in any role, the Rural Museums Network (Specialist Subject Network) has created a practical knowledge-development seminar specifically for you.

Be inspired and acquire practical experience from our host museums across the regions on a variety of projects related to using rural collections to create better experiences for visitors, and sustainable organisations.

To find out more about the programme and to book your free ticket, Click Here.



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

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.