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West Midlands Museum Development Conference 2019

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Date: Thursday 28th March 2019

***Booking has now closed***

We do have a waiting list should there be any cancellations.  Please email 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:

  • Tony Berry, Visitor Experience Director, National Trust.  ‘Growing the Love’ Tony will share what the National Trust has learned about building support for properties both large and small.
  • Samuel Kasumu, Managing Director, Inclusive Boards.  Samuel will discuss the strong business case for diversity; how understanding your baseline and collecting meaningful data enables you to plan for success.

Breaking News:

  • New five year framework for the National Lottery Heritage Fund – Peter Morgan, National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Revised Accreditation Standard and what it means for you – Annette French, ACE Accreditation
  • Funding stream for museum projects – Wendy Parry, ACE

Our workshops will explore…

  • Mental Health in Museums – Debbie Shipton and Cara Sutherland, HSG
    • HSG will discuss the relationship between museums and mental health and reflect upon the lessons learnt from their recent Mental Health Access Audits of West Midlands museums
  • Communicating Untold Stories through Engaging Young People – Anna Chrystal and Aerona Moore, Lapworth Museum of Geology and Jen Ridding, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
    • Discover how museums can use objects and works of art to reveal hidden histories and to engage young people in questioning museum narratives
  • Cutting Energy Costs – An Energy Efficiency Workshop – Sam Lloyd, Carbon Trust
    • Looking at zero and low cost energy efficiency improvements that can be applied within most businesses in order to reduce annual energy spend
  • Commissioning Contemporary Artists – Stephanie Allen, Arts&Heritage
    • Find out how to apply for Meeting Point, a fully funded opportunity to commission artwork based on your site or collection

‘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

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