Submit a session proposal for MA’s diversity conference

Rebecca Atkinson, 30.08.2017
Call for papers closes 27 September
The Museums Association (MA) is holding an open call for session proposals for its forthcoming one-day conference on diversity, equality and inclusion.
All Inclusive: Championing Diversity in Museums takes place on 24 January 2018 at Thinktank in Birmingham, and aims to empower people to continue challenging the status quo and championing a diverse approach, while providing ideas as to how diversity can move from the margins to mainstream museum practice.

As part of the MA’s vision for "inclusive, participatory and socially engaged museums at the heart of their communities" and its Museums Change Lives policy document, the event will be programmed through an open call for papers. We particularly welcome ideas for workshops and interactive sessions, standalone presentations, panel discussions and other interventions.

Proposals will be considered by an advisory committee made up of diversity champions from across the UK museum sector and members of MA staff. If successful, the MA will work with you to shape up a session that fits within with overall programme for the day.

Our definition of diversity includes the protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act 2010 but also includes socio-economic background and status, and diversity of perspectives and life experience.

The deadline for proposals is 27 September. A form for submissions, and guidelines to putting forward a proposal, are available on the MA’s website.

“This is a great opportunity to help shape discussion and debate around creating a more diverse, equal and inclusive museum sector,” said Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA.

“This is the first time we have programmed one of our one-day conferences in this way, and I would encourage anyone interested in diversity to put forward their ideas for the event – or book on to attend in January.”

If you have any questions about the event or submitting a proposal, please contact in the first instance.

Advisory committee:

  • Sacha Coward, community participation producer, Royal Museums Greenwich
  • Charlotte Holmes, community engagement officer, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Thanh Sinden, strategic audience development manager, Culture Coventry Trust
  • Diana Morton, outreach and access manager, Edinburgh Museums
  • Heather Smith, equality specialist, National Trust
  • Michael McHugh, outreach officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
  • Anna Liesching, assistant art curator, National Museums Northern Ireland
  • Rebecca Atkinson, online publications editor, Museums Association
  • Jess Turtle, programme manager, Transformers, Museums Association
  • Simon Stephens, head of publications and events, Museums Association


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