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Solve to Evolve Conference

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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Wednesday 10th January 2018

West Midlands Museum Development is delighted to announce details of its annual conference on 15 March.

Funded by Arts Council England, it will be a jam packed day focusing on overcoming challenges to make organisations more resilient and appealing to audiences. The day will be hosted by broadcaster Adam Kirtley and we are delighted to welcome Gordon Seabright, CEO, Eden Project, who will deliver the Opening Address on the journey the Eden Project has taken to become a flourishing, ethically driven, resilient organisation.


  • Graham Garnett, Senior Access Officer, Cheshire West and Chester Council.  Chester has won the award for the most accessible city in Europe.  Graham will share how historic Chester has been able to achieve this whilst balancing visitor needs, heritage assets and local authority budgets.
  • Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions, York Archaeological Trust will discuss the effectiveness of the emergency plan at the Jorvik Viking Centre in responding to the Boxing Day flood of 2015, exploring the challenges, triumphs and changes needed post recovery.

New for 2018 – The afternoon will feature ‘Solution Stations’ – bite-sized seminars linking to a broad range of topics including collections, audiences, resilience, equality and diversity, workforce development and children and young people. These will focus on overcoming challenges, finding solutions and sharing experiences in small groups. Click here to read about the 15 different Solution Stations available.

Late afternoon will see a change of venue as we head over to Blists Hill Victorian Town for a choice of exclusive after-hours tours of the site followed by dinner and a performance.  The day will conclude at 7.30pm.

With plenty of opportunities to network, surgeries available with sector partners including HLF, Collections Trust, Accreditation, Audience Agency and Kids in Museums this is a key date for your 2018 diary.

The conference is FREE and includes refreshments, lunch and dinner.  Places will be prioritised for staff, volunteers and trustees of museums and art galleries based in the West Midlands.

Bookings close 12 noon Thursday 8 March

To book your place click here.

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