How museums can survive and thrive in challenging times
22 Oct 2014
With museums of all sizes facing an uncertain future due to funding cuts, the Museums Association (MA) is running Museums united, a one-day seminar in Manchester next month to look at how organisations can survive and thrive by adapting to changing circumstances.
The MA has received support from Arts Council England to offer 120 subsidised delegate places at the seminar for small to medium organisations seeking to develop the skills, capacity and confidence to become more resilient and increase their impact. This has enabled the MA to reduce the delegate fee to just £50, compared to standard rates of £125 and over.
The developmental seminar will address individual and organisational resilience, giving delegates the opportunity to take part in facilitated conversations and hear how other organisations are looking at resilience.
It will cover topics such as developing a meaningful mission statement; the relationship between governance and resilience; organisational change; using museum assets to develop income; and developing resilient community advocates.
The day will end with a group workshop giving delegates the chance to start developing their own action plan for resilience.
The MA’s head of publications and events, Sharon Heal, said: “Many museums face a challenging funding environment. One way of dealing with the cuts is to create resilient museums that have a clear purpose.
"I'm delighted that we have been able to work with Arts Council England on this event and hope that people from small- and medium-sized museums that will really benefit from the content and discussion will be able to attend."
John Orna-Ornstein, the arts council's director of museums, said: "This is going to be a practical seminar that provides really useful advice on resilience that will be relevant to a wide range of museums. It’s part a whole suite of advice and support from the MA, the Association of Independent Museums and others that should make a significant difference in the coming months and years."
The one-day seminar takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on 25 November 2014.
A wide range of experienced museum and culture professionals will be speaking at the event, including Stephen Feber, a cultural consultant and the director of the Museums and Resilient Leadership programme, and Mark Robinson, the author of the arts council’s Making Adaptive Resilience Real paper and the director of Thinking Practice.