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: 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


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SMILE’s Creative Science Engagement Day

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When: Wednesday 20 November, 10.00am – 4.00pm

Where: Bolton Museum, Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, BL1 1SE

How Much: Free

Supported by the North West Federation of Museums as part of our ongoing events programme, we welcome all of our members to join us for the day at Bolton Museum for an opportunity to network and share expertise and science learning ideas with SMILE (Science in Museums Inspiring Learning & Engagement).

Organised by Alex McLeman from Bolton Library and Museum Services, you’ll find out about Bolton Museum’s science learning programmes and how the Arts have been used to inspire science engagement with people of all ages. You’ll learn about initiatives including Strong Women of Science, explore a new interactive Elements exhibition marking the 250th anniversary of the periodic table, journey into the Aquarium and Nature Gallery, discover the science within Bolton Museum’s amazing Ancient Egypt Galleries, delve into exquisitely created bags of beasts and discover how you can use them at your venue.

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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.



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.

Transformers 2016-18