West Midlands Museum Development Conference 2023

West Midlands Museum Development is delighted to announce details of its fifth annual conference in October.

Purpose, Practice, Pizzazz

The conference forms part of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT)’s Museum Development programme, funded by Arts Council England. It will be an opportunity for museums to consider their purpose in today’s challenging world. Workshops will reflect on and explore best practice from both within and outside of the heritage sector. You can also expect an added sprinkling of energy and pizzazz.

Our inspiring speakers will cover a wide range of topics including volunteering; young trustees; diversity, equity and inclusion; collections; environmental sustainability; museums for wellbeing and Arts Council’s Let’s Create strategy.

Workshops will include Co-production with Children and Young People; Explore Urban Nature through Museums; Museum Data Service; Working with Artists.

Join us in person for full access to our programme of speakers and workshops during the day and an optional evening networking event. Or join us online to watch the plenaries streamed live and access the Museum Data Service workshop.

The conference is free and includes lunch and refreshments for in person delegates. With plenty of opportunities to network and meet with sector partners including Arts Council England, this is a key date for your diary.

Travel Bursary

A limited number of travel bursaries are available for conference delegates. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 27 September

Delegates can apply for up to £75 towards travel costs payable after the conference. Recipients of the bursary must complete the evaluation survey about their conference experiences. The bursary is only open to delegates from non-NPO museums in the West Midlands which are Accredited or Working Towards Accreditation. Only one bursary per organisation.

Apply for a bursary

More information

Over the coming weeks we’ll introduce to our Conference host, Nigel Rothband, and tell you more about our inspiring plenaries, workshops and evening networking event on our Conference page.

To book, please select the conference option which suits you best: Conference and evening networking (finishing at 7pm), Conference (finishing around 5pm) or online (plenaries and Museum Data Service workshop only)

Bookings will close 12noon, Wednesday 11 October

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ

Registration from 9.15am

You should receive an automatic email confirmation on booking. If you don’t receive it (and it’s not in your spam folder) please email wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk and we will confirm if we have received your booking within two working days.

Recorded Events

West Midlands Museum Development has recordings of a selection of our training sessions which are available to view.

Simply click on the ‘request recording’ button and complete the details so we are to monitor who has undertaken the training. Once we have received your request we will send you the link to the session. Please allow up to 2 working days to receive the link.

Please note these recordings have been created by partners and training providers, involved in the WMMD programme.  They are for staff and volunteers of Accredited Museums and those Working Towards Accreditation within the West Midland region.  Recordings must not be shared with anyone else.

West Midlands Museum Development Conference 2019

***Booking has now closed***

We do have a waiting list should there be any cancellations.  Please email wmmd@ironbridge.org.uk to be added to the list.

All delegates should have received an email with a link to the Delegate information and conference agenda.  If you haven’t please click on the link below.

Delegate Information and Conference Agenda


West Midlands Museum Development is delighted to announce details of its fourth annual conference on 28 March.

Funded by Arts Council England (ACE), the conference brings together the region’s museums, art galleries and heritage sites to network, share news and best practice from within and outside the heritage sector.

Our host:

Sarah Bishop, broadcaster and former BBC Midlands Today presenter and reporter

Our speakers:

Breaking News:

Our workshops will explore…

‘Shropshire Pit Girls‘ – Georgina Grant, Senior Curator, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust will share the stories of the hardy women of the Shropshire mining community

This will be followed by an evening reception concluding at 6.30pm.

With plenty of opportunities to network, surgeries available with sector partners including ACE Project Grants, Culture24, Collections Trust, Accreditation, The Audience Agency, Kids in Museums and West Midlands Emerging Museum Professionals this is a key date for your 2019 diary.

The conference is FREE and includes refreshments, lunch and evening reception.

When booking, please select either the full conference option which includes the ‘Shropshire Pit Girls Talk’ and networking evening reception (finishing at 6.30pm) or the daytime option (finishing around 5pm).

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ

Registration from 9.30am

A limited number of travel bursaries are available, click here to find out more.  Applications close 5pm, Monday 25 February