Playscapes – Lunch and Learn

In this session, Sarah Shaw (Director of Museum Tales Ltd and museum family champion), will provide top tips on producing playscapes for your museum, gallery, heritage site or cultural venue.

From outdoor playgrounds to loose parts play, she’ll be covering it all in just 30 minutes.

Book Playscapes Lunch and Learn

Playscapes – Lunch and Learn
Thursday 3 March, 12noon-12.30pm

Family Friendly Reopening

Do you want to understand how families feel about returning to museums and explore ways to create family-friendly approaches in your museum to encourage this audience to visit?

Join us on 12 August for this webinar presented by Kids in Museums which is aimed at staff who work in museums, art galleries and heritage sites who are keen to welcome families back in a safe and positive way.

During this interactive virtual training session Kids in Museums will:

This webinar will be live subtitled and is limited to a maximum two delegates per organisation.

All participants who book on to the webinar will receive an email containing a Zoom link to access the training at least one hour prior to the event.  If you have not received an email by this time please contact us.  Don’t worry you do not need a Zoom account, simply follow the link provided and enter the password.

Priority will be given to delegates from non-NPO and non-National museums in the West Midlands which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.  

If you can’t see the booking button it means we are fully booked.  If you want to go on the waiting list please email

12 August – Family Friendly Reopening
10.30am-12noon, Webinar

Conference 2020 Postponed!

Event Postponed

Updated Friday 13 March

We have been following official government advice surrounding COVID-19 but with a rapidly evolving situation we have taken the decision to postpone the onsite event. Although this is disappointing we hope you’ll agree it is the right thing to do to safeguard you and others.

We will look to reschedule the event in the future or alternatively make the plenaries available online for you to share watching them with colleagues.

If you have any questions please get in touch.

Tel: 01952 435 900

How to use Drama to invigorate your Education Offer, through the Narrative Immersion approach

Empowering workshop facilitators to use drama processes in their sessions and deliver the Narrative Immersion approach.

By the end of the day delegates will have:

Teas and coffees will be provided, delegates are asked to bring their own lunch.

Priority will be given to staff/volunteers from non-NPO West Midlands museums which are Accredited or officially Working Towards Accreditation.

Click on the button below to book your place, if there is no button this event is fully booked. If you wish to be added to the waiting list please email with the name of the event.

12 February 2020 – Learning through Drama: The Narrative Immersion Approach
10am-4pm Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, Little Elborow Street, Rugby CV21 3BZ

Awards ceremony countdown is on!

With just weeks to go before we host the West Midlands Volunteer Awards we are putting the final touches to plans for the glittering celebration.

Representatives and volunteers from museums across the West Midlands will attend the ceremony, which is being held in Birmingham Hippodrome’s Patrick Centre, on Wednesday, September 11th, from 4pm – 8pm.

Our awards, now in their fourth year, have become a key fixture in the volunteer calendar and we are very much looking forward to welcoming all of our 2019 finalists.

The awards were launched in 2016 to recognise the critical role volunteers play in keeping museums running throughout the West Midlands. Since then, more than 400 guests have attended the annual ceremonies and from 90 nominated finalists, 28 individuals and groups have been chosen as overall winners.

Nominations were welcomed from across the region and the scale and quality of entries has been fantastic.

The judges will decide winners in four categories – individual, group, young person (25 and under), and project. And the winner of the prestigious Judge’s Award for Excellence, chosen from finalists in all four categories, will also receive £500 to spend on the museum, heritage site, or art gallery project of their choice.

Guests will be treated to an evening of entertainment that is sure to make it an unforgettable event. In previous years we have invited travelling musicians, hip hop crews, and opera improvisation troupes to take to the stage and keep attendees happy.

We’re not giving anything away just yet but we guarantee an evening unlike any other.

You can see our 2019 finalists here:

We look forward to meeting our wonderful finalists soon.

Bright Ideas: New Perspectives on Museum Lighting  

What are the latest innovations and trends in lighting? And how can museums use lighting to maximum effect as part of their exhibition design?

This one day Museums Association conference will explore the current opportunities that lighting innovation offers, examining the benefits as well as the challenges.

Lighting designers will share some of the most recent and exciting technological developments, and explain how these might be used in museums to create atmosphere and show off objects without compromising conservation and environmental standards.

There will also be a range of case studies delivered by a range of museums with different budgets, sharing how they are using lighting in their exhibition design.

Delegates will have the opportunity to talk to designers over an extended lunch period, visit tabletop stands and enjoy specially commissioned demos.

If you work in displays, exhibitions, conservation, design and interpretation, this seminar brings you up to date with innovations in museum lighting.

Click here for more information and to book.

11 September 9.30am-4.30pm

Science and Industry Museum, Manchester M3 4FP