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West Midlands Museum Development Conference 2019

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By West Midlands Museum Development / Posted on Thursday 17th January 2019

West Midlands Museum Development is delighted to announce details of its fourth annual conference  taking place on 28 March at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coalbrookdale.

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.

Book now!

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 starting point and collecting meaningful data enables you to plan development and measure 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
  • Engaging with Young People – Anna Chrystal, Lapworth Museum of Geology and Jen Ridding, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
  • Energy Efficiency – Carbon Trust
  • Commissioning Contemporary Artists – Stephanie Allen, Arts and Heritage

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 networking evening reception (finishing at 6.30pm) or the daytime option (finishing around 5pm).

Book now!


28 March 2019 – Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DQ

Registration from 9.30am

Book now!

A limited number of travel bursaries are available, click here to find out more.

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