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West Midlands Museum Development Conference 2023

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Date: Wednesday 25th October 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 and we will confirm if we have received your booking within two working days.

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