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Museums Association Conference 2022: Make Change Happen

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By Museums Association / Posted on Wednesday 28th September 2022

Thursday 3 – Saturday 5 November
Edinburgh International Conference Centre  EH3 8EE and online

With hope growing that the worst of the global pandemic is over, this year’s conference explores how museums can create better places to live and work in a post-Covid world. To do this, museums need to tackle a number of crucial issues, including the climate crisis, inequalities and racism, the legacy of empire, and wellbeing.

Conference sessions will cover:

  • How museums can become more sustainable organisations and use their collections, buildings and knowledge to support communities to make positive environmental changes
  • What systemic racism is; what an anti-racism museum looks like and what changes we need to create inclusive organisations
  • Wellbeing and how museums can support workforce wellbeing and work with their communities to recover from the pandemic
  • The legacy of empire and slavery, including how can we empower communities to help decolonise our museums in a dynamic, collaborative and inclusive way

In Edinburgh you can expect three days of interactive and topical content, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities, social events, physical tours and practice sessions. If you can’t attend in person, joining online for some or all of the event gives you the opportunity to access great content at your own convenience.

You have the chance to hear from a range of inspirational speakers. Speakers include:

  • Corinne Fowler, Director, Colonial Countryside: National Trust Houses Reinterpreted, University of Leicester
  • Graham Campbell, Political campaigner and community activist
  • Raj Pal, Freelance curator and creative producer
  • Sheila Asante, Project Manager, Empire, Slavery & Scotland’s Museums, Museums Galleries Scotland
  • Lewis Hou, Director, Science Ceilidh and Member, The Anti-Racist Educator
  • Zandra Yeaman, Curator of Discomfort, The Hunterian, University of Glasgow
  • Leonie Bell, Director, V&A Dundee
  • Ihor Poshyvailo, Co-founder, Heritage Emergency Response Initiative/ Director General, National Memorial and the Revolution of Dignity Museum (Maidan Museum), Ukraine
  • Hannah Lavery, Poet, playwright and Edinburgh Makar

In the discovery zone you will find round table discussions, drop-ins and 1:1s throughout conference in order to take the conversation further and really get into details. These sessions will include MA reps; ethics; speed mentoring; collections fund; careers; exhibition design and the learning and engagement manifesto. You will also find the MA hub in the discovery zone – a great place to meet MA staff and your colleagues.

As well as hearing from our sponsors at sessions throughout the conference, you can meet our sponsors and find out more about the latest technologies, products and services for the sector in the discovery zone.
The social events give you the opportunity to carry on networking with fellow delegates at some of Edinburgh’s cultural venues.

The third day of conference is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Edinburgh. There is a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.

Click here for more information, to view the full programme and to book your place


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