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Conference 2020

Conference 2020 will be taking place on Thursday 19 March at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coach Road, Coalbrookdale TF8 7DQ.

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

Dr Annie Gray, food historian and broadcaster

Our speakers:

Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology
​’Zero Carbon Britain’ Paul will explain that technologies already exist to meet zero carbon targets

Carl Bell, Whitaker Museum
​’Necessity is the Mother of Invention’​

Chris Copp, Rural Museums Network
‘Reap the Rewards’

Zelina Garland-Rowan, ACE
​Zelina will give a snapshot of ACE’s new 10 year strategy

Annie Gray
‘Interpretation with Food’

Henrietta Lockhart, Winterbourne House and Garden
‘Exhibitions on a Shoestring’ Henrietta will discuss the challenges and achievements of putting on exhibitions with a small budget.​

Sarah Scarlet-Farr, George Marshall Medical Museum
‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ In a short talk Sarah will highlight the medical collections have been used to benefit the health and wellbeing of the public, volunteers and staff.

Our workshops:

Money Isn’t a Dirty Word: Creating Profitable Events Programmes – Abi Betteridge and Ella Hewitt, RAF Museum
Museum Explorers – Matt Johnson, Nuneaton Museum and Art Gallery
Escape Games in Museums – John Sear, Museum Games
Confident Bid Writing Skills – Jenni Waugh, Independent Consultancy

With plenty of opportunities to network, meetings available with sector partners including AIM, Accreditation, Arts Connect, Collections Trust, Heritage Volunteer Group, Kids in Museums, National Lottery Heritage Fund and The Audience Agency this is a key date for your 2020 diary.

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Since 2016 we have welcomed over 550 delegates from local, regional and national organisations to four jam-packed conferences. The day will be filled with inspirational speakers and thought provoking workshops.

Conference forms part of Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s National Portfolio Organisation and Museum Development programmes and is now a key date for our network.

There was a really great range of inspiring speakers and workshops covering such important and current matters. It was especially good to hear from leaders at ACE and the NLHF explaining processes and being clear about their objectives, making themselves very accessible.Conference delegate 2019

[As a result of attending conference I will] “Try and experience the organisation with more awareness of how it might present to a wide range of potential users – how might we be unattractive to certain groups – what can we do to be more relevant to a wider audienceConference delegate 2019

The WMMD conference was so well run, with great speakers and a lot of very interesting conversationsConference delegate 2019

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