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Last chance to book for Moving on Up 2017

Nicola Sullivan, 22.02.2017
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The Museums Association (MA) is taking final bookings for its professional development and networking event Moving on Up.

The event will take place at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh on 28 February. Chaired by the consultant, facilitator and coach Hilary Carty, Moving on Up 2017 aims to empower and inspire a proactive museum staff who challenge themselves and the sector. The day includes keynotes, practical sessions and speed mentoring.

Keynote speakers include:

The author Louise Welsh, who 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. 

Sharon Heal, the director of the MA, will deliver a participatory session demonstrating how museum professionals can create change inside and outside their institutions.  

Otegha Uwagba, a brand consultant, writer and the founder of Woman Who, will speak on how to develop a personal brand, covering issues such as making an impact face-to-face, creating a compelling online profile and effective networking.

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

Jess Turtle and Matt Turtle, the co-founders of the Museum of Homelessness, will reveal how they got an ambitious project off the ground with limited resources, as well as illustrating how to process failure and use it as a tool for empowerment.

The programme also includes a panel of high profile museum professionals discussing 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 (NMS); Jilly Burns, the head of national and international partnerships, NMS; and Sara Wajid, the head of interpretation, Birmingham Museums Trust.

Breakout activities

Dhikshana Pering, the learning officer at the London Transport Museum, will lead a workshop exploring how museum professionals can reflect on their own practice, nurture effective habits and tackle challenging situations at work.

The MA’s professional development officer Tamsin Russell will present sessions on CVs and interviewing skills. Tricia Johnstone, the MA’s head of finance, will teach delegates how to set and manage a budget, and collections development officer Sarah Briggs will lead a session on fundraising. 

Meanwhile, David McLeod, the museum marketing and visitor services officer at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, will share his top tips on using social media.


All delegates will be encouraged to post inspirational moments from the day on the MA's Twitter, Facebook or Instagram account using the hashtags #inspiration and #MOU2017.  
The author of the best post will win a free place at a one-day MP seminar of their choice or free registration for the Associateship of the Museums Association (AMA). The winner will be announced in the MA’s newsletter on 9 March.

Social events and networking

Welcome drinks will take place between 1900-2100 on 27 February at Biblos, Chambers Street for those staying in Edinburgh the night before.

A drinks and networking event will also be hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh between 1740-1830. Those with free time later on in the evening can also join the MA team for drinks from 1830-2100 at The Potting Shed, Potterrow.

Links and downloads

More information on Moving on Up 2017

Event programme

Online booking