Museums Association conference debates future of collections

Patrick Steel, 06.11.2018
Delegates take part in session focused on Collections 2030
Delegates at the Museums Association's Annual Conference and Exhibition in Belfast debated the future of collections at a session which will feed into the MA’s thinking for its Collections 2030 campaign.

Chaired by Iain Watson, the session focused on the MA’s Collections 2030 discussion paper, with speakers including Paolo Viscardi, the curator of Zoology and Entomology at the National Museum of Ireland, Subhadra Das, the curator of UCL Collections, and Hannah Fox, the director of projects and programmes at Derby Museums Trust.

Fox discussed Derby Museums’ work on human centred design, which has led the museum to engage closely with its local community; Das detailed how UCL has taken a critical approach to its collections around the historical promotion of eugenics; and Viscardi talked about using the national museum’s to promote understanding of environmental issues.

“It was great to hear from these three inspirational speakers, who are all innovative thinkers on what collections are for and how they can be used,” says Alistair Brown, the MA’s policy officer. “I hope delegates will be able to take this debate back to their museums so that Collections 2030 will be a powerful advocacy document and a fair reflection of the museum sectors’ ambitions.”

Links and downloads

Collections 2030: Discussion Paper

Collections 2030: Research Questions

Belfast 2018