Join the Museums Association Ethics Committee

Geraldine Kendall Adams, 08.08.2019
Committee offers guidance on ethical practice in museum sector
The Museums Association (MA) is looking for a new member to join the Ethics Committee.

The committee is responsible for upholding the principles of the Code of Ethics for Museums and overseeing the effective and consistent operation of the code.

The aim of the Ethics Committee is to develop and champion the application of sound ethical principles and behaviours within the museum community; give advice and guidance on ethical matters to the museum community, including MA board and staff; and review the code and recommend to the MA board amendments to the Code of Ethics, where necessary.

The role involves attending approximately four meetings per year at the MA’s offices in London and liaising as a committee via email and telephone. The role is not remunerated but expenses are reimbursed.

We are particularly looking for a committee member with experience in any of the following areas: sponsorship and international work; community engagement; data use and digital engagement.

“The Ethics Committee plays a really important role in the sector, proactively engaging with the major ethical issues of the day – from collections rationalisation to sponsorship to decolonisation – and offering advice to museums on difficult ethical issues," said Alistair Brown, MA policy manager.

"We’re currently looking to recruit a new member of the committee to help advise on these and other issues in the future. We would welcome applications from people who work for a museum or from someone outside the sector who takes a keen academic or personal interest in museum ethics.

"We’re particularly interested in hearing from under-represented groups within the sector and from museum users. I’d really encourage people to consider applying," he said.

If you are interested in joining the committee, please send a one-page CV and a statement of up to 200 words explaining what you can offer the Ethics Committee by 18th September 2019 to:

Carmen Harrington
The Museums Association
42 Clerkenwell Close