Museums Association conference 2016

I’m back in the office after a very interesting couple of days at the Museums Association conference 2016 in Glasgow.

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Amongst many fascinating sessions, the keynote by Scots Makar Jackie Kay was a highlight. I also enjoyed ‘Getting to grips with gender and using the F word in museums’ led by Glasgow Women’s Library and  ‘Seeking refuge’ which featured case studies by Jamtli Open Air Museum and Museum Friedland on how museums can support refugees.

I spoke at a  session called ‘Whose stories? Has anything changed?’ The session was chaired by Jo Sohn-Rethel from the Heritage Lottery Fund with Laura Bennison from National Museums Scotland  and Basharat Khan from Bash Art Creative. I spoke about Proud City and we discussed cultural ownership, labelling and whether short term project work can stifle community engagement.

It isn’t the best quality image, but I did like this action shot of the last minute preparation meeting we had at the conference.

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The following day I ran a workshop with Hazel Marzetti (Proud City project volunteer) on ‘Engaging with LGBTQIA Audiences’. We discussed Proud City in more depth and showed the project film.

About edinburghmuseumsoutreach

I'm the Outreach & Access Manager at Edinburgh Museums & Galleries (the museums service of the City of Edinburgh Council). I take the museums out to community groups and schools. I really enjoy meeting lots of people of different ages and backgrounds and helping them connect with our collections. I love showing people some of the amazing objects that we hold and I like helping them to remember the past or to create something amazing.
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