Free exhibition seminars - Friday

Explore our free sessions and events for visitors to Brighton 2019
Exhibition 2019 will take place in the exhibition space of the Museums
Association Annual Conference & Exhibition at the Brighton
Conference Centre on 3-5 October 2019.

Entrance to the exhibition is free and you can register for the day(s) you wish to attend. Conference delegates are automatically registered.

Register now for your free place at Exhibition 2019
Friday 4 October

0930 - 1000


Conserving and curating the Whitechapel Fatberg
Seminar Room 1

Find out how the Museum of London took a toxic lump of sewage and turned it into Fatberg! – the most talked about display the museum has ever done. This session outlines the ground-breaking conservation work, the curatorial approach, and wider reflections on what the museum has learnt from the runaway success of the project.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Robinson-Calver, Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Museum of London
  • Vyki Sparkes, Curator, Social and Working History, Museum of London


Accessible acoustics for museums

Seminar Room 2

People with hearing loss and other hearing difficulties have a diverse listening experience and can face barriers when visiting museums. This seminar shows how simple changes can help make your organisation more accessible for visitors. These can include improving the acoustic design of the venue, running deaf awareness training for staff, providing assistive communication systems, and using accreditation schemes which help organisations ensure that they are compliant with the Equality Act to promote a more equal and inclusive society.

Speakers:

  • Emma Greenland, Principal Consultant (Acoustics), Anderson Acoustics
  • Tom Tlalim, Artist, Composer, Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester


Networking naturally
Meeting Room 2

This workshop provides hints and tips to help you network out of your comfort zone: support your career aspirations and your professional development needs by developing relationships inside and outside the sector.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1030 – 1100


Storage solutions: where next for collections?
Seminar Room 1

In light of the Mendoza review and Collections 2030, museums need to face up to the storage crisis and find solutions that are sustainable in the current climate. This session explores different thinking around stored collections.

Speaker:

  • Gael Dundas, Assistant Director, Collections Management, Imperial War Museums
  • Helen Lindsay, Collections Care Specialist, Imperial War Museums
Sustainable exhibitions: a practical guide
Seminar Room 2

Making exhibitions involves using lots of stuff – but how can we start to change our practice and prompt our visitors to think differently? This session looks at Leeds City Museum’s 2018 exhibition ‘Beavers to Weavers’ which was delivered using a new set of sustainability principles, and shares some of the lessons learned along the way. The Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums Group also introduce more real-life examples of how the sector is making exhibition programming more sustainable.

Speakers:

  • Nadine Loach, Registrar, Science Museum Group
  • Ruth Martin, Exhibitions Curator, Leeds Museums & Galleries


Successful CVs

Meeting Room 2

This workshop provides a masterclass in CV or application development: whether you are pre-entry or just starting out; transferring in from freelancing; or someone with a portfolio career. By the end of the session you will know what you can do to get your foot through the door.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1130 – 1200
Engaging audiences with global environmental challenges
Seminar Room 1

The University of Cambridge Museums consortium explains how it has been engaging audiences with global environmental challenges using two projects - Pacific Currents, a re-display of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Oceania collections developed in partnership with source communities, and Operation Survival, a live-action digital scavenger game.

Speakers:
  • Jenny Williams, Education and Outreach Assistant, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Sofia Romualdo, Junior Project Manager, Fire Hazard Games
The Mummy Returns? Exhibiting ancient Egyptian human remains
Seminar Room 2

The session explores the ethics of exhibiting and interpreting ancient Egyptian human remains, drawing on the 2018 exhibition ‘Ta-Kheru: Discovering the Life of an Ancient Egyptian Woman’ at the University of Aberdeen. How can an exhibition of a mummified person respect the dignity of the individual displayed, and how do audiences respond to a more emotive, ‘novelistic’ tone in museum interpretation?

Speakers:

  • Neil Curtis, Head of Museums, University of Aberdeen
  • Jennifer Downes, Exhibitions and Public Programming Manager, University of Aberdeen

Ethics 101
Meeting Room 2

Come along to this interactive session to find out more about the Museums Association's Code of Ethics for Museums and the work of the Ethics Committee. Rowan Brown, former Chair of the Ethics Committee, will guide you through the key elements of the code and answer your questions about museum ethics.

Speaker:

  • Rowan Brown, former Chair, Museums Association's Ethics Committee, and Chief Executive, Woodhorn Charitable Trust
1230 - 1300

Can travelling exhibitions be part of a sustainable museum policy?
Seminar Room 1

By questioning how travelling exhibition producers – private companies and institutions – are trying to integrate notions of ethics and sustainability policies in their projects, this seminar looks at the impact of travelling exhibitions on a global level, not only for the museum, but also for the city and tourism. How can temporary exhibitions be part of a sustainable economic and cultural development?

Speakers:

  • Agnes Ruiz, Director of Sales, Europe and Middle East, Imagine Exhibitions
  • Emily Cronin, Partnerships Manager, Cultural and Commercial Partnerships, Science Museum Group

Delivering digital literacy
Seminar Room 2

The One by One project, let by Culture24 and the University of Leicester, aims to help UK museums to better define, improve, measure and embed the digital literacy of their staff and volunteers in all roles and at all levels. Come and hear how a digital literacy framework can help you develop a new organisational mindset that will support your digital transformation needs.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Bacon, Digital Manager, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
  • Sophie Frost, Digital Fellow, One by One

Impactful interviews
Meeting Room 2

With supply outweighing demand in the museum workforce, you need to ensure that once through the door you are able to shine. This workshop looks at hints and tips for effective interviews as well as looking at other selection techniques – and how to nail them too.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1330 – 1400

Conserving and curating the Whitechapel Fatberg
Seminar Room 1

Find out how the Museum of London took a toxic lump of sewage and turned it into Fatberg! – the most talked about display the museum has ever done. This session outlines the ground-breaking conservation work, the curatorial approach, and wider reflections on what the museum has learnt from the runaway success of the project.

Speakers:

  • Sharon Robinson-Calver, Head of Conservation and Collection Care, Museum of London
  • Vyki Sparkes, Curator, Social and Working History, Museum of London


Accessible acoustics for museums
Seminar Room 2

People with hearing loss and other hearing difficulties have a diverse listening experience and can face barriers when visiting museums. This seminar shows how simple changes can help make your organisation more accessible for visitors. These can include improving the acoustic design of the venue, running deaf awareness training for staff, providing assistive communication systems, and using accreditation schemes which help organisations ensure that they are compliant with the Equality Act to promote a more equal and inclusive society.

Speakers:

  • Emma Greenland, Principal Consultant (Acoustics), Anderson Acoustics
  • Tom Tlalim, Artist, Composer, Senior Lecturer, University of Winchester

Career crossroads
Meeting Room 2

Don't know what to do next? Feel stuck? This seminar explores your motivations and drivers to help you take a step back before you take your next career step forward.

Speaker:

  •     Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1430 - 1500


Storage solutions: where next for collections?
Seminar Room 1

In light of the Mendoza review and Collections 2030, museums need to face up to the storage crisis and find solutions that are sustainable in the current climate. This session explores different thinking around stored collections.

Speaker:

  • Gael Dundas, Assistant Director, Collections Management, Imperial War Museums
  • Helen Lindsay, Collections Care Specialist, Imperial War Museums

Sustainable exhibitions: a practical guide
Seminar Room 2

Making exhibitions involves using lots of stuff – but how can we start to change our practice and prompt our visitors to think differently? This session looks at Leeds City Museum’s 2018 exhibition ‘Beavers to Weavers’ which was delivered using a new set of sustainability principles, and shares some of the lessons learned along the way. The Sustainable Exhibitions for Museums Group also introduce more real-life examples of how the sector is making exhibition programming more sustainable.

Speakers:

  • Nadine Loach, Registrar, Science Museum Group
  • Ruth Martin, Exhibitions Curator, Leeds Museums & Galleries

Discovering the AMA
Meeting Room 2

Have you ever considered signing up for the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA), but weren't quite sure what's involved, how long it will take, and what you get out of it? This session presents an overview of the AMA programme and gives participants the opportunity to ask questions about the benefits, support and content of this professional development scheme.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

1530 – 1600


Engaging audiences with global environmental challenges
Seminar Room 1

The University of Cambridge Museums consortium explains how it has been engaging audiences with global environmental challenges using two projects - Pacific Currents, a re-display of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology’s Oceania collections developed in partnership with source communities, and Operation Survival, a live-action digital scavenger game.

Speakers:
  • Jenny Williams, Education and Outreach Assistant, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Sofia Romualdo, Junior Project Manager, Fire Hazard Games

The Mummy Returns? Exhibiting ancient Egyptian human remains
Seminar Room 2

The session explores the ethics of exhibiting and interpreting ancient Egyptian human remains, drawing on the 2018 exhibition ‘Ta-Kheru: Discovering the Life of an Ancient Egyptian Woman’ at the University of Aberdeen. How can an exhibition of a mummified person respect the dignity of the individual displayed, and how do audiences respond to a more emotive, ‘novelistic’ tone in museum interpretation?

Speakers:

  • Neil Curtis, Head of Museums, University of Aberdeen
  • Jennifer Downes, Exhibitions and Public Programming Manager, University of Aberdeen

Museum Essentials online learning
Meeting Room 2

Find out more about the Museums Association's new online learning offer and how you can develop your skills and knowledge. Our online courses take you through a combination of content and exercises to build competence and confidence in key museum practice areas. They are free (available to MA members only) and completed at your own pace, at a time and place that suits you. We are launching the pilot programme with two courses: Working Ethically and Collections Practice.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1630 – 1700

Can travelling exhibitions be part of a sustainable museum policy?
Seminar Room 1


By questioning how travelling exhibition producers – private companies and institutions – are trying to integrate notions of ethics and sustainability policies in their projects, this seminar looks at the impact of travelling exhibitions on a global level, not only for the museum, but also for the city and tourism. How can temporary exhibitions be part of a sustainable economic and cultural development?

Speakers:

  • Agnes Ruiz, Director of Sales, Europe and Middle East, Imagine Exhibitions
  • Emily Cronin, Partnerships Manager, Cultural and Commercial Partnerships, Science Museum Group

Delivering digital literacy
Seminar Room 2

The One by One project, led by Culture24 and the University of Leicester, aims to help UK museums to better define, improve, measure and embed the digital literacy of their staff and volunteers in all roles and at all levels. Come and hear how a digital literacy framework can help you develop a new organisational mindset that will support your digital transformation needs.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Bacon, Digital Manager, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
  • Sophie Frost, Digital Fellow, One by One


Planning your professional development

Meeting Room 2

With many roles being fixed-term, casual, zero-hours (or if you are a freelancer), museum workers sometimes need to take an even more proactive approach to their professional development. In this seminar we focus on what you can do to prioritise your professional development and create a plan that works to your budget, your commitments and your interests.

Speaker:

  • Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

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