Author Louise Welsh will speak at career development event

Nicola Sullivan, 11.01.2016
Moving on Up will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Award-winning author Louise Welsh will kick off the Museums Association’s (MA) annual career development and networking conference.

Welsh, who has written a number of popular crime novels and teaches creative writing at the University of Glasgow, will present the first keynote session at Moving on Up, which will take place on 28 February at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.The session will explore the future role of arts and culture, as well as shed light on her career journey and her efforts to help Glasgow recognise its links to the slave trade.


Chaired by consultant, facilitator and coach Hilary Carty, the event aims to empower and inspire a proactive museum staff who challenge themselves and the sector, and includes keynotes, practical sessions and speed mentoring. It is targeted at museum professionals in the first five years of their career.

Otegha Uwagba, brand consultant, writer and founder of Women Who, will speak on how to develop a personal brand. Making an impact face-to-face, creating a compelling online profile and effective networking are among the issues that will be covered.   

Sharon Heal, the director of the MA, will deliver a participatory session demonstrating how museum professionals can create change inside and outside their institutions. And Jess Turtle, Transformers project coordinator at the MA and the co-founder of the Museum of Homelessness, will lead a discussion on how to process failure and use it as a tool for empowerment.

Meanwhile, Sebastian Deterding, the founder of design agency Coding Conduct and senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York, will talk about how new technology and gaming is influencing exhibition design, audiences and interpretation.

Delegates will also have the chance to quiz a panel of high profile museum professionals on their careers. On the panel are: Sarah Munro, the director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art; Stephen Allen, the head of learning and programmes, National Museums Scotland; Jilly Burns, the head of national and international partnerships, National Museums Scotland; and Sara Wajid, the head of interpretation, Birmingham Museums Trust.


Delegates will also hear from Peju Oshin, a freelance educator at London Transport Museum, who will reveal how addressing diversity in the cultural sector at grassroots level raised her profile and resulted in an unexpected television appearance.


Nicola Sullivan, the MA’s online publications editor, said: “Moving on Up 2017 is going to be an exciting event jam-packed with inspiring keynote speakers and breakout activities designed to improve delegates’ core skills.

“Everyone has the power to be an agent for change and this event will help those in the first five years of a museum job to realise their potential, take control of their own career and create change in their own organisations and the wider sector.”


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