Conference:
Museums Matter

Museums Matter: Being more relevant, inclusive and sustainable.

Conference hosted by Wessex Museums.

Date: 20 September 2022.

Venue: Dorset Museum, Dorchester.

Now open for bookings!

Wessex Museums is hosting its first regional conference in over five years. Book your place now on Museums Matter: Being more relevant, inclusive and sustainable. To be held at Dorset Museum, Dorchester, it boasts an exciting programme including keynote lectures from leading professionals in the museum, arts and heritage sector. 

Numbers are limited so book your place now. £25 per delegate to include lunch and refreshments. 

Outline programme

9:45am: Optional tour of our Hardy’s Wessex exhibition with curator, Harriet Still (pre booking necessary).

10:00am: Arrival and networking.

10:30am: Welcome.

10:45am: Tony Butler, Director of Derby Museums, discusses the co-creation of the Museum of Making.  

11:45am: Panel Discussion: My World My Future, connecting young people, climate and museums. With Wessex Museums and Kids in Museums (KIM). 

12:45pm: Lunch.

1:10pm: Optional tour of Hardy’s Wessex exhibition with curator, Harriet Still (pre booking necessary).

1:45pm: Katherine McAlpine, Director of The Brunel Museum, discusses a community approach to being a sustainable museum. 

2:45pm: Small Budget, Big Impact case studies.

3:15pm: Break.

3:30pm: Panel Discussion: Decolonisation, where to start. With Professor Corinne Fowler, Museums Studies at University of Leicester, and Director of Colonial Countryside; Roshi Naidoo, Museums Association Decolonisation Officer and Louisa Adjoa Parker, writer,  poet, heritage and EDI consultant.

4:40pm: Conference closes.

5:00pm: Optional tour of Hardy’s Wessex exhibition with curator, Harriet Still (pre booking necessary).

5:30pm-7:30pm Optional evening reception.

Showcase your project 

We are inviting museums and culture and heritage organisations, or other groups working in the sector, to present case studies at the conference on the theme of Small Budget, Big Impact. We’ll choose up to five projects that have had a big impact on communities, collections, audiences or museum sustainability, but with a budget of less than £10k.

If you have a project that fits the bill and you’d like to showcase to your peers in a 10 minute presentation, please email your proposal or any queries to us. Please include:

  • The name of the project
  • The key project aims 
  • Why you feel it fits the theme of Small Budget, Big Impact

Proposals should be 500 words max. The deadline is 15 Aug 2022. 

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