Art Fund Museum of The Year 2018 Finalist. Glasgow Women's Library. Photo Marc Atkins.

MA reveals programme for members’ meeting in Glasgow

Simon Stephens, 25.07.2018
Free event takes place on 11 September at Glasgow Women’s Library
The Scottish Government’s draft cultural strategy and Collections 2030 will be among the subjects covered at a Museums Association (MA) members’ meeting to be held at Glasgow Women’s Library on 11 September.

MA board member Gillian Findlay, who is the head of museums and collections at Culture Perth and Kinross, will lead a discussion on the draft cultural strategy. The consultation on the strategy is open until 19 September and the meeting will give members a chance to feed into the MA’s response.

MA director Sharon Heal will introduce a discussion on Collections 2030, a major research project looking at the long-term purpose, use and management of museum collections.

Other speakers at the event include Rachel Thain-Gray, the project coordinator for Glasgow Women's Library’s Equality in Progress project, which is helping museums gain a better understanding of equality, with the aim of widening access, representation and inclusion.

Delegates will also hear from Stephen Allen, the head of learning and programmes at National Museums Scotland, who will discuss the success of Rip it Up, an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland that tells the story of Scottish pop.

The members’ meeting will include information about the MA’s workforce offer as well as the funding it offers, including the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund. This is run by the MA and gives £1.2m a year for projects that develop collections to achieve social impact.

Glasgow Women’s Library was one of five venue shortlisted for this year’s Art Fund Museum of the Year.

The meeting will be followed by People Power: Embedding Community Participation, a MA one-day conference on that is being held in Glasgow on 12 July.

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Members' Meeting - Scotland