ITP Legacy Project: The MA Conference

We have invited five ITP Fellows to join us in November at the Museums Association (MA) conference and exhibition in Gateshead. We are delighted to say that this year we will be welcoming back:

Aprille Tijam (Philippines, ITP Fellow 2019), Senior Manager, Exhibitions and Collections, Ayala Museum

Beatrice Adeola Bamigbade (Nigeria, ITP Fellow 2022), Assistant Chief Conservator, Unity Museum, National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM)

Fatma Sezin Dogruer (Turkey, ITP Fellow 2009), Culture and Tourism Expert (Architect), Ministry of Culture and Tourism

Sanjeewani Widyarathne (Sri Lanka, ITP Fellow 2019), Education Promoting Officer, Colombo National Museum

Yanoa Pomalima Carrasco (Peru, ITP Fellow 2022), Museum and Heritage Consultant, Ministry of Peru

ITP fellows standing together at the 2022 MA conference.

The fellows will be arriving in Newcastle on Saturday 4th November, with the MA Conference taking place from 7th – 8th November. You can read the group’s biographies by clicking here.

We are also excited that three more ITP fellows will be attending the two days at the MA conference:

Beimote Ngozi Etim (Nigeria, ITP Fellow 2017), Principal Policy Officer, Currency Museum, Central Bank of Nigeria

Cynthia Iroube (Nigeria, ITP Fellow 2010), Chief Curator, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM)

Ma. Yohana Frias (Philippines, ITP Fellow 2018), Exhibition Designer, National Museum of the Philippines, Philippines

This year’s MA conference will focus on The Power of Museums and will ask the question, how can we create a new vision for the sector? Sessions and workshops will explore how museums can help their communities flourish by having a positive impact on health and wellbeing, placemaking, economic regeneration and by providing space to reflect on the pressing issues that we face. The cost-of-living crisis, discrimination and climate change are all having an impact on our communities, so the conference will consider what do people need from museums in times of upheaval and change?

You can read more about this year’s conference on the Museums Association website:

Exterior of the Discovery Museum in Newcastle

There will also be the opportunity to spend time at museums, galleries and heritage sites in and around Gateshead and Newcastle. We’re looking forward to connecting with some of our of ITP UK partner colleagues while in Newcastle and at the MA Conference.

Within the ITP network, the MA conference provides an excellent opportunity to reaffirm existing relationships made during the summer programme and externally, and it also hopes to increase the potential of the programme. It offers further opportunities to exchange knowledge, skills and experiences and will support fellows to continue to develop both professionally and personally. We also hope it will create networking opportunities with the hope of stimulating potential future collaborations.