Museums Association Conference, 3-5 October 2019

Every year museums and heritage professionals flock to join the Museums Association Conference and Exhibition – the biggest event of its kind in Europe. It’s a chance for the sector to come together, discuss the latest issues, discover new practices and meet the world’s leading suppliers.

Cartoon of rainbow and museum building on the beach next to the sea. Reads Brighton 2019

This year, the theme is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. Expect to consider questions such as what kind of leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

Subhadra Das, comedian and curator will host this year’s conference and will open and close the conference each day and introduce keynote speakers including Clayton Thomas-Müller, campaigner for indigenous rights and environmental and economic justice. 

Other sessions throughout the conference cover topics such as decolonisation, repatriation, sponsorship, curation, health and wellbeing, biodiversity, leadership, gender, workforce and diversity.  

Back for its third year is Festival of Change which promises to deliver thought-provoking, yet fun creative interventions that explore the serious issues and challenges we all have to deal with.

If that wasn’t enough, the location of this year’s conference is somewhere very close to home for us – Brighton! Packed in either side of the conference is a whole host of socials including our very own on Wednesday 2 October on digital innovation at Brighton Museum. 

A couple of us will also be attending the conference and we are looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones. See you soon!

To find out more about the conference and book tickets, visit the MA website.