Archive for February, 2016

NEWS: Museum Association publish new Code of Ethics

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

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Many of you may already be aware that the Museums Association has recently conducted a review of the Code of Ethics for Museums which led to the adoption of a new Code of Ethics by unanimous vote at the MA’s AGM in Birmingham in November 2015. Designed to be shorter and more user-friendly than the previous code, the latest version can be found here:

Museums Association – Code of Ethics

The Code of Ethics is a vitally important document for the museums sector. It sets out the key principles which should underpin ethical behaviour in all aspects of museum activity – working for public benefit and engagement, the ethical stewardship of museum collections and maintains integrity in individual and institutional behaviour.

The new code reaffirms some of the traditional ethics of the museums sector, such as the presumption against unethical sale from museum collections and the suppression of the illicit trade in cultural and scientific items. It also sets new expectations for museums as guardians of free speech and editorial integrity and the pursuit of ethical sponsorship arrangements.

The Code of Ethics applies to all museums and those who work in, with or for museums. It is upheld by the Museums Association Ethics Committee which meets regularly to provide expert guidance to the sector on ethical best practice, and, where necessary, can also intervene in instances of unethical museum practice.

To find out more or to download the latest version of the Code of Ethics, Click Here.

 

NEWS: Introducing New NWFed Board Member Rachel Mulhearn

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

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During the last North West Federation of Museum’s board meeting, held on 15 January 2016 (full meeting minutes available here), we welcomed some new Board members including Rachel Mulhearn who is the Director of Rachel Mulhearn Associates, a cultural heritage consultancy which works across the UK.

Previous to setting up Mulhearn Associates in 2012, Rachel was Director of Merseyside Maritime Museum for 24 years. Also a board member of the Daniel Adamson Preservation Society, Rachel brings extensive experience of working in the North West arts and heritage sector to the Board.  On being appointed Rachel explained:

“My role as a NWFED board member allows me the opportunity to work with colleagues across the region. We have serious challenges, but we also have great talent and skills. I want to bring along my experience of working in museums and use the creativity and innovation out there to work through difficulties, and go from strength to strength as a sector.”

When appointing board members, it is important to us that those appointed are  prepared to oversee and support the work of the NWFED while acting as ambassadors for the organisation.  We are excited to be working with Rachel and feel her experience and expertise will make a great edition to organisation.

NEWS: Introducing New NWFED Board Member, Meg McHugh

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

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During the last North West Federation of Museum’s board meeting, held on 15 January 2016 (full meeting minutes available here), we welcomed some new Board members including Meg McHugh who is currently Senior Curator at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. 

With over 15 years of experience in the sector, Meg worked at the Salford Museum and Art Gallery and Tyne and Wear Museums before joining MoSI.  Delighted at having been appointed to the NWFED’s board Meg explained: 

“I have always been motivated by the desire to create accessible and engaging experiences for diverse audiences.  I am currently playing a key role in developing MSI’s masterplan and I constantly find inspiration in the exceptional site, collections and people that I work with.  As a board member of NWFED, I will aim to help develop the skills and knowledge of colleagues in the sector.  I look forward to bringing people together to share their ideas and expertise.”

When appointing board members, it is important to us that those appointed are  prepared to oversee and support the work of the NWFED while acting as ambassadors for the organisation.  We are excited to be working with Meg and feel her experience and expertise will make a great edition to organisation.