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Conference 2017: Resilience and Community Partnerships

Yorkshire and Humberside Federation of Museums and Galleries

This year we will be looking at practical ways that museums can change and adapt to put themselves at the forefront of their local community and build resilience in a climate of austerity. Our aim is that by the end of the conference you will leave brimming with ideas and advice relevant to your museum or institution.

The themes we will cover include:

  • Working with Volunteers. Advice will be available on where to start, how to better utilise existing groups, and how to provide effective management.

  • Diversifying Collections. Making collections more reflective and inclusive of, and building investment from, the local community.

  • Building Partnerships. How to develop and reinforce effective partnerships with a range of stakeholders as well as other institutions such as libraries and archives.

  • Streamlining. Rationalising collections to make them more accessible, relevant and cost effective, and providing access to collections outside of a ‘normal’ museum environment.

  • Finding funding. What grants are available and how they can work for you.

To give a wider view of what is happening across the sector we have several speakers. They will include:

Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Dr David Fleming, President of the Museums Association

Gillian Greaves, Museums Relationship Manager, Arts Council England

For those of you that prefer a less structured conference there will be opportunity to discuss current projects at our Information & Advice Tables. Here you will be able to find out how projects have worked in practice, ask questions and pick up tips and ideas.

If you are looking for relevant training then we are running a workshop/taster session on Working with Volunteers. Further information on our full training list will be available and you will have a chance to sign up for updates or provide feedback on training that you would like to see us provide.

Also don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a tour of Ferens Art Gallery to see how building partnerships with external institutions has allowed them to temporarily expand their collection and exhibitions through the use of loaned works.


09:45-10:15 Coffee, Registration and sign up to PM Break Out Sessions

10:15-10:30 Welcome Hull City of Culture – Kirsten Simister Curator of Art (Ferens Art Gallery)

10:30-11:00 SPEAKER Hull UK City of Culture 2017 – Martin Green CEO & director of Hull 2017

11:00-11.45 SPEAKER DR David Fleming MA President.

11:45-12:00 Annual General meeting – Michael Pye Federation President.

12:00-12:30 Questions/Overrun/Opportunity to visit practical advice stands.

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Break out session: Introduction to working with volunteers - Various

14:30-15:00 Tour of the Ferens focusing on how partnerships have allowed them to loan or acquire new works.

15:00-15:30 Secondary Tour as above (in case there is large take up for this).

15:30-15:45 Feedback from Break Out Sessions

15:45-16:30 SPEAKER - Gillian Greaves (ACE) to outline their museum plans and policies and how they can help with forming Partnerships etc

(30 mins with 15 mins questions).

16:30-16:40 End of Conference. Thanks for coming and goodbye

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