Professional Development

A list of training courses and other professional development opportunities and events for those working within the museum and heritage sector.
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CONFERENCE: Museums Association, Future of Museums – Learning and Engagement

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When: 27 March 2019

Where: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

How Much: Museums Association members, £55.00 – £125.00, non-members, £195.00

This one-day conference will look at the latest understanding of how adults and children learn, examine historical perspectives on the pedagogical role of museums and assess how museum learning might work in the future.

Twenty years after the publication of the influential A Common Wealth: Museums in the Learning Age, how has museum learning developed and how are museums responding to demographic, economic and societal change? How can museums reach out to their communities most effectively given this context?

Speakers include:

Gordon Rintoul, Director, National Museums Scotland
Stephen Allen, Head of Learning and Programmes, National Museums Scotland
David Anderson, Director General, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museums Wales
Sharon Heal, Director, Museums Association
Dhikshana Pering, Young People’s Producer, London Borough of Culture 2020
Mark O’Neill, Museum Consultant
Colleen Watters, Head of Learning and Partnerships, Ulster Museum
Dominique Bouchard, Head of Learning and Interpretation, English Heritage
Wendy Gallagher, Head of Learning and Engagement, Manchester Museum
Siobhan McConnachie, Head of Education, National Galleries Scotland

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WORKSHOP: Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults in the Arts and Cultural Sector

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When: 13 June 2019, 10.00am – 4.15pm

Where: HOME, Manchester

How Much: £150.00 – includes lunch and a certificate of attendance

This new course from Artswork has been designed for individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of safeguarding legislation and best practice, specifically when working with vulnerable adults in the creative, cultural and heritage sectors. You will explore what is meant by the term ‘vulnerable adult’ in the context of your work and will develop approaches for recognising and responding to the different types of abuse associated with adults at risk.

This engaging course will look at sector specific case studies and examples and will offer practical advice and tools to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around issues relating to working with vulnerable adults. You will spend some focused time exploring the particular challenges facing young adults (age 18-30).

For further information or to book a place, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Northern Lights – Sparking Connections for Arts and Philanthropy in the North

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Where: The Stoller Hall, Manchester, M3 1DA


When: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 9.30am – 5.00pm

How Much: Free, registration compulsory

This one-day conference led by Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy and supported by Arts Council England, seeks to reimagine the relationship between the arts and philanthropy by providing ideas and active solutions to the central question: What does a radical future look like for Philanthropy in the Arts in the North of England?

Including an opening welcome from Sir Nicholas Serota CH, Chair of Arts Council England, Northern Lights will explore how arts organisations, funders and philanthropists can work to stimulate philanthropic giving in the North.

This ground-breaking day of learning, knowledge-sharing, practical workshops and pitches will stimulate new ideas and create a new vision for arts philanthropy in the North. The day will include talks from high-calibre speakers, panel discussions and practical workshops on topics including: how can we get donors excited about supporting the arts in the North; what can we learn from other sectors; how can we leverage our creativity and tell better stories; and how do we attract a diverse mix of donors.

This event is aimed at arts organisations in the North of England as well as philanthropists, donors, family foundations and corporate foundations with a vested interest in the region.

For further information and to register for a free place, Click Here.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Clore Leadership Programme – Spring 2019 Plus days

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Deadline for Applications: 28 February 2019, 5.00pm

Spring 2019 Clore Plus days ‘The Future of Work’ and ‘Future Capable – Dynamic Planning and Leadership’ challenge us to re-examine flexibility in the way we work and respond to change. Clore Plus is supported by Arts Council England, through a three-year grant to develop sector leaders, which means there are a number of subsidised places available for both of the workshops below.

The Future of Work

Where: 19th March 2019

When: Wellcome Collection, Euston, London

How Much: £120 +VAT for successful applicants, unsubsidised places £400 + VAT

The Future of Work opens the debate by exploring potential new approaches to work in the cultural sector in response to factors such as a 24/7 audience and longer working lives.

You will hear from speakers who have embraced new working practices such as flexible working in their organisations and portfolio careers. We will end the day with a spotlight on how leaders can respond to a complex and changing world with keynote speaker Dr Sharon Varney, Director of the Henley Forum.

Future Capable – Dynamic Planning and Leadership

Where: 1 April 2019

When: Wallacespace Spitalfields, London

How Much: £200 + VAT for successful applicants, unsubsidised places £400 + VAT

In this increasingly uncertain world a business plan needs to allow for flexibility and agility.

Ellen O’ Hara will explore why it is important to incorporate flexibility in business planning, what stays flexible and changes, and the implications of business planning in this way. There will also be the opportunity for the participants to work through case studies.

For more information and to apply for a subsidised place or to book, Click Here.

CONFERENCE: Boosting Resilience Forum – Maximising Creative Assets and IP

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When: Thursday 14 March 2019, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Where: The Bluecoat, Liverpool

How Much: Early bird rate until 14 February 2019 £120, normal rate £160.

Boosting Resilience has announced its final showcase event, the Boosting Resilience Forum: Maximising Creative Assets and IP. With a focus on developing effective strategies for better understanding and maximising the potential of arts and cultural sector creative assets and intellectual property, the forum will be a highly participative day of creative workshops, panel discussions and peer-to-peer sessions.

Who is it for:

This forum is for artists and senior leaders in the arts and cultural sector, and all those invested and engaged in the development and growth of the sector, and the value it delivers to society. Participants should be willing to share their thoughts, expertise and challenges in an generous and proactive way.

What is on offer:

The Forum will use a variety of active and creative formats, blending the expertise of contributors and attendees to develop skills and take away practical tools on:

  • Intellectual Property in Practice Workshop – how to develop your understanding of IP in an action oriented, sector relevant session
  • Successful strategies for personal resilience
  • How to use Creative Journaling to enhance leadership and personal resilience
  • Identifying and mapping your personal or organisational Creative Assets
  • Developing a Theory of Change for your organisation to assist decision making and governance
  • Generating and testing ideas for new projects, products or services based on your Creative Assets and IP
  • Action Learning Sets taster sessions
  • Developing Effective Collaborations

Workshop leaders and presenters include: Nicola Saunders (Director, Business Improvement and Innovation, Arts Council England) Patrick Towell (The Audiences Agency and Golant Media Ventures), Professor Ruth Soetendorp (Cass Business School, City, University of London), Professor Clive Holtham (Cass Business School), Isla Wilson (CEO, Ruby Star Associates), Evelyn Wilson and Suzie Leighton, Directors of The Culture Capital Exchange, members from the Boosting Resilience cohort and team and many others.

For further information and to book a place, Click Here

The deadline is approaching for applications to the Transformers training scheme for mid-career professionals looking to develop new ways of thinking, influence more effectively, and create change for themselves, their colleagues and their organisations.

Museum professionals from anywhere in the UK can subscribe to the Innovate and Influence programmes, while the Diversify programme is open to applications from England, Wales, and Scotland.

In all around 170 trainees will be supported across the three programmes in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Katy Swift, the MA’s project coordinator, Transformers, says: “The Transformers programme is an exciting opportunity for people working in and with museums to proactively meet the opportunities and challenges the sector is facing.

“The MA has built on the success of Transformers by expanding the programme to include three strands: Innovate, Influence and Diversify.

“As the programme coordinator, I passionately believe that it is the people working in museums who change lives.

“Transformers creates a timely opportunity to support and develop museum professionals and I am looking forward to building a cohort of people across the UK who are committed to building a radical and thriving sector.”

Applications to Innovate close on 27 January 2017, and applications to Influence and Diversify close on 28 February 2017.

Before submitting an application to any of the programmes, please ensure you have read the guidance notes to check that the programme is suitable for you.

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