4 ITP Fellows Joining Us for MA Conference, Manchester

Written by Claire Messenger, International Training Programme Manager

With our UK Partner colleagues in Newcastle and Manchester, the British Museum and International Training Programme team have invited four of the ITP alumni to come to the UK in November to join us at this year’s Museums Association Conference & Exhibition which will be held in Manchester on 16th & 17th November 2017.  The MA Conference is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals. Speakers from the UK and internationally come together to discuss the latest thinking about museums, galleries and heritage sites and this year’s themes are below:-

  • Audiences: how can museums expand and deepen their relationship with the public in the context of a growing atmosphere of intolerance, mistrust and division following last year’s Brexit vote and the resulting political turmoil.  What role can museums play in healing some of society’s divisions and how should they reflect contemporary issues such as poverty, climate change and globalisation in their programming? And how can museums reach out to those people who do not currently engage with museums?
  • Collections: how can collections be used to inspire and engage communities and make a difference to people’s lives? How can museums involve audiences in interpreting collections and sharing knowledge about them? How can digital technology help increase engagement with collections and how should the sector approach issues such as collecting, storage and disposal?
  • Workforce: what will the museum professional of the future look like and what knowledge and experience will they need? What needs to change in areas such as leadership, diversity and skills development for the sector to face the challenges ahead?

You can find out more about the Museums Association and the conference here – http://www.museumsassociation.org/home

Joining us will be:-

Joyee 2Joyee Roy, India, 2011 (Manchester)
In-charge, Documentation & Photography Unit & Nodal Officer of JATAN database, maintained by Ministry of Culture, the Government of India, Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, India

Waed 2Waed Awesat, Palestine, 2014 (Lincoln)
First year Doctoral student, University of Paris 1 Sorbonne

Rika 2Rika Nortje (nee Stockenstrom), South Africa, 2007 (Cardiff)
Art Collections Management Specialist (contract), freelance curator, University of Johannesburg Gallery

Saadu 2Saadu Rashid, Kenya, 2012 (Birmingham)
Acting Principal Curator, Fort Jesus WHS, National Museums of Kenya

As well as attending the conference, with Jackie Bland, Training and Governance Officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, we’ll be welcome by colleagues Ronan Brindley, Head of Learning to Manchester Art Gallery; Adam Jaffer, Collections Officer to the Peoples History Museum and Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and Sudan to Manchester Museum.

It should be a wonderful opportunity to see ITP fellows again and support them while they network and engage with museums and culture around the UK.