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Covid and Other Disasters: Conservation Matters in the Northwest

Saturday, November 6th, 2021

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Book now for this one-day in-person conference to share experiences, network and enjoy some cake together. #CMNW21

Open to all with an interest in conservation in the region, including curators, conservators, students, volunteers and interns.

What are your experiences of this extraordinary year? Are you coming up for air, or still picking up the pieces?
Have you been dealing with water ingress and pest outbreaks during lockdown?

The global pandemic has been hard on many of us personally and professionally. We have been forced to think again about our support networks and our mental health, and about the sustainability of our practices.
Some things may never be the same again.

The conference is organised by the Northwest Conservators Group with support from
North West Museums Federation and Museums Development Northwest

Kindly sponsored by Historyonics

Sessions include:

Rachel Swift: A specialist’s journey into the land of transferable skills
Ann French: Moth Infestations can have silver linings!
Abby Stevens: Biscuit beetles in Botany
Claire Dean: Pandemic learning, lipreading and concentration fatigue
Round Table Discussion: Experience of working with Covid
In addition to the talks there will be a behind-the-scenes tour of the People’s History Museum conservation studios.

Venue:                 The People’s History Museum, Manchester

Date:                   Friday 10th December, 2021, 10.00am – 3.00pm


Lunch, tea and cakes will be provided by Open Kitchen, PHM’s on-site café. The lunch option will be a selection of vegetarian sandwiches with salad an

Conference Bursaries

Museum Development Northwest (MDNW) are kindly providing bursaries to cover the cost of the conference fee for some eligible delegates.

To apply for a bursary, please email, stating ‘#CMNW21 Bursary‘ in the subject line. Please tell us in fewer than two lines of text why you are applying for a bursary and confirm that the eligibility criteria apply to you.

Once you have sent your bursary application please DO NOT register through Eventbrite; instead, your application will count as your conference registration. We cannot refund any Eventbrite registrations being made erroneously.

Eligibility for bursaries: Volunteers and professionals from Accredited museums (excluding National Portfolio Organisations and National Museums) based in the North West. These criteria are determined by MDNW’s own funding.

Travel Bursaries

Museum Development Northwest are pleased to be providing a number of travel bursaries; further details will be announced when the conference invitation is sent out.

This conference is organised by Northwest Conservators in partnership with Northwest Museums Federation and Museum Development North West

Conference fees

Students and volunteers: £5
Professionals: £20

Thanks to some kind sponsorship by Historyonics the conference fee only covers room hire, as Historyonics are paying for the catering.

Important information:

Numbers of attendees are limited for this in-person event. Please undertake a lateral flow test before attending.
Mask wearing is encouraged during the conference and studio tour.

How to book

Tickets are available on Eventbrite here.

Deadline for booking: Friday 3 December 2021 at 12:00 noon.

Accessibility Information

Sessions will be short with plenty of breaks, fully accessible to all. For details of access to the venue (People’s History Museum) please visit The room we have booked is the Coal Store, which is a small conference room of 13 metres by 6 metres with a double height vaulted ceiling. The seating arrangement will be theatre seating placed at a distance from each other. Lights will be off for the presentations, but there are high windows that provide moderate daylight. Getting to the room from reception: walk up the stairs or take the lift to the first floor, walk across the walkway to the right of Gallery One.

Carbon Literate museums are the future: ‘Roots and Branches’ project receives public funding

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021



Manchester Museum, part of The University of Manchester, Museum Development North West and the Carbon Literacy Trust are delighted to announce that they have been awarded £136,750 of Arts Council England National Lottery Project Grant funding for an ambitious two-year partnership project, ‘Roots & Branches’, which aims to accelerate the museum sector’s ability to respond to the climate crisis.

The launch of ‘Roots & Branches’ will coincide with the COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference in November 2021. Over the next two years, this project will enable us to scale up the roll-out of Carbon Literacy training across museums in England. 

The ‘branches’ of the project will create an environmentally aware and active sector, giving museums the tools to respond to ‘Let’s Create’, Art Council England’s new 10-year strategy in which environmental responsibility is at the core. 

Manchester Museum will host the ’roots’, creating a nationally significant co-working hub of cultural environmental action that will bring together museum staff, educators, environmentalists, artists, researchers, third sector organisations and students. This will be coordinated by an innovative new post shared between Manchester Museum and the Carbon Literacy Trust. 

In collaboration with Museum Development England and supported by a new Environmental Sustainability Museum Development Officer post, ‘Roots and Branches’ aims to train and certify as Carbon Literate 1,500 museum professionals and volunteers. It will also see 300 museums developing organisational pledges to take action against climate change. The training will start on 1 November 2021, the first day of COP26, as part of the Carbon Literacy Trust’s ‘Carbon Literacy Action Day’ – an attempt to stage the largest ever low-carbon education event globally and set a record for the number of people completing their Carbon Literacy training in a single day.

Opportunities for museums to get involved will include:

  • Taking part in a social media campaign to promote what museums can and are doing to address climate change in the run up to and during the COP26 conference 
  • Attending museum-focused online Carbon Literacy workshops for people who govern, work and volunteer in museums 
  • Using the free sector-specific Carbon Literacy Toolkit to roll out the training within your own museum
  • Taking your commitment further by becoming a Carbon Literate Organisation 

Kaye Hardyman of Museum Development North West will be dropping by for our first In Conversation event on 7th July to introduce the project. Get your tickets here.

NWFed: In Conversation

Monday, June 21st, 2021

The North West museum and heritage sector is bursting with new ideas. From making our sector more equitable to helping museums reduce their carbon footprint, our venues and institutions are leading the way in doing things differently. With so much going on, it can be confusing to know how you can get involved. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew an expert in the field who could point you in the right direction?

That’s the idea behind our new In Conversation events. Over the series, we’ll host exciting speakers giving you the opportunity to find out what they think the future holds. Each session will include a relaxed interview hosted by one of our board members before breaking out into a round table session so you can ask questions and dive deeper into some of the ideas shared.

Our first guest will be Jo Robinson-Cheale. Jo is Climate Change Manager for the National Lottery Heritage Fund and is a leading voice in championing sustainability in the region. We’ll be talking to her about sustainability, her route into the sector, the current funding landscape and what she’s excited about for the future. We’ll also be talking to Museum Development Officer, Kaye Hardyman, about her latest carbon literacy project and how you can get involved.

Join us on 7th July at 1 – 2pm. The event is free to all individual and institutional members. Book your place for this virtual session via our Eventbrite page here.

For our second session we will welcome Dr Richard Benjamin, Head of the International Slavery Museum, National Museums Liverpool and co-founder of NML’s BME staff group, and Jean-Francois Manicom, Curator of Transatlantic Slavery and Legacies, National Museums Liverpool. Both Richard and Jean-Francois have been contributing to NML’s response to the issues raised by the Black Lives Matters movement and are at the forefront of enacting real change to make our sector more equitable. They’ll be sharing what they’ve learned along the way and what work they think is still to be done.

Join us on 20th July at 12 – 1pm. The event is free to all individual and institutional members. Book your place for this virtual session via our Eventbrite page here.

New ‘Museum Basics’ events launched at National Museums Liverpool, 22 January 2020

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Following feedback from our members the Fed introduced the first of our new ‘Museum Basics’ training events with a session on object marking and labelling aimed at volunteers and professionals new to the sector, as well as anyone who needed a refresher. Hosted by National Museum Liverpool and run by Tracey Seddon – Conservator Organics and Gemma Dolan – Stores Co-ordinator, the course provided a solid theoretical introduction to the subject followed by a fascinating practical workshop which allowed us all to have a go for ourselves.

This combination of experiential leaning alongside examples of good (and sometimes bad!) practice, expertly presented by Tracey and Gemma, made for a very successful session appreciated by all attendees from students to more experienced staff. The day concluded with a Q&A and discussion allowing everyone to share any issues they faced in this area of collections management and seek advice from the group. A great example of Fed members in action working together and supporting each other!

Andy Pearce

NW Fed Board Member

Museum Basics Course – professional, informative and valuable.

Siobahn Wordingham, Volunteer, West Kirkby Museum

Participating in this  training was a great way to gain expert advice and hands-on experience for advancing my career – what set this course  apart from some other training opportunities was connecting with emerging talent and industry leading professionals who share my passion for championing North West Heritage and culture.

Adam Duckworth, Demonstrator, National Museums Liverpool

Image: Museum Basics event in action at National Museums Liverpool