The MA Conference and Exhibition will take place in Brighton, 3-5 October 2019

Last chance to book early bird rates for Brighton 2019

Yosola Olorunshola, 24.07.2019
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Early bird rates for this year's Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition in Brighton are available until 31 July.

Speakers and delegates from museums across the UK and around the world will come together on 3-5 October to discuss the theme of sustainable and ethical museums in a globalised world. 

Keynotes from Farhana Yamin, a climate crisis activist and lawyer, and Clayton Thomas-Müller, an indigenous rights and environmental justice campaigner, have been announced so far. Alongside this year's Festival of Change led by Culture Declares Emergency, their insights will highlight the potential of activism to inspire our sector’s response to the global climate crisis.

Heledd Fychan, the chair of the MA’s Ethics Committee, will address some of the pressing ethical issues museums are grappling with – including sponsorship, decolonisation and the disposal of collections.

Decolonisation is a central theme of this year’s programme, reflecting the increased urgency of calls for repatriation, restitution and the need to challenge the dominant European narratives of history.

The 2019 conference will also give space to discuss the varied experiences of the museum workforce, with sessions on gender, bullying in museums, and ethical jobs policies.

At the heart of our vision is the role of museums in communities. The programme features sessions on food poverty, museum toilets and gardens as well as insights on grassroots museums and museum-led social prescription – exploring the nuts and bolts of building museums for all.

Conference tickets also includes a day trip to a choice of museums in Brighton and Sussex on Saturday 5 October, with guided tours to museums and galleries in Brighton, Bexhill-on-Sea and Eastbourne, Hastings or Charleston and the Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft.

The annual exhibition will also run alongside the Conference, featuring practical seminars and a showcase of leading suppliers and businesses who work with

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The winners of the Museums Change Lives awards will be announced at this year's conference. Don't miss out on your chance to win - enter the MCL awards here.