For a long time Northern Ireland has not been on the radar much for its museums and cultural scene. This was certainly largely due to the on-going political conflict which overshadowed cultural development. With the Northern Ireland Peace Treaty in place things have changed massively and substantial funding has gone into a regeneration process that was largely driven by culture. Not only is its capital city Belfast a lively community where culture and museums seem to have invented themselves anew also Belfast is the location for the next MA Conference which we thought is a good opportunity to yet again offer this excursion to interested folks.
We want to explore the role of museums in the peace process, want to examine how the conflict is interpreted in exhibitions and programmes and whether this is reflected in the work museums do with and for their communities.
The main objectives of this excursion are to get an insight into the Northern Ireland museum and cultural scene, its challenges and opportunities, talk and connect to colleagues, exchange experiences and ideas and promote future collaboration in a wider European context.
The excursion is planned to take place 3 days before the UK Museums Association Conference in Belfast.
Dates: Monday to Wednesday, November 5-7, 2018
(dates for the MA conference are: November 8-10)
If you are interested in taking part, please submit your email address!
The Connected Audience Seminar – Visitor Experience LAB is an interactive seminar designed to introduce museum professionals from across disciplines to new tools and frameworks for evaluating and enhancing the visitor experience.
We’ll explore what ‘visitor experience’ is and the value of creating an Experience Framework in achieving your strategic goals.
We’ll delve into the need states of different kinds of visitors to discover the importance of empathy in shaping meaningful and enjoyable experiences.
We’ll focus on the power of the carefully managed touchpoint in shaping how visitors connect physically, mentally and emotionally with your museum, and develop an infographic of a visitor journey by ‘walking in their shoes’.
We’ll look at how, as part of a Visitor Experience Design Framework, these tools can significantly raise your game in delivering truly excellent visitor experiences.
You will learn how to:
Adopt the visitor perspective through the creation of personas
Get involved in identifying and evaluating touchpoints through customer journey mapping
Visually describe what the visitor journey looks like as an infographic
Use mapping as a catalyst to improve experiential performance
All of this within the walls of the Salzburg Museum where you can put theory into practice in a real Museum environment, as well as meet like-minded people and grow your professional network.
Where? Salzburg Museum, Neue Residenz, Mozartplatz
When? Friday, 27. April, 2018
Who?Lisa Baxter, founder, The Experience Business, UK
A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and Associate of the Market Research Society (AMRS) Lisa is known as an inspiring and creative thinker. A pioneer in bringing the practice of Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving to the arts and cultural sector, she works with forward-thinking organisations here and abroad to re-imagine the arts experience offer for 21st century audiences (Lisa Baxter CV).
Time: 09:30 – 17:00
Language:English (mit Übersetzung, dort wo notwendig)
Workshop Fee:100 EUR incl. lunch (80 EUR concession for participants who have also booked the ‘Besucher-Schwarzmarkt’ the day before – which you can book using this link – please inform us by using the ‘other adress’ field below)
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Sunday evening November 25th to Friday November 30th, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Call for Applications
In a series of sessions this programme will introduce young European museums and cultural heritage professionals to the complex concept of self-, team- and institutional leadership helping them to explore their own competencies and leadership skills through self-reflection, discussions and group activities.
Aims and Objectives
The main aim of this introductory training programme is to broaden the way we think about leading an institution and to explore our own leadership potential in all its facets, with the notion that we have to share responsibilities to be able to best co-create robust and flexible cultural organisations that meet the needs of a changing society.
Main objectives are to:
Build trust (in yourself) and strengthen confidence
Share values, believes and passion
Discuss with you leadership challenges in your cultural institutions
Explore with you your leadership capacity and what it needs to develop this further
Offer professional networking opportunities and friendship
Further objectives are to:
Explore one’s own leadership competencies and skills as a means of developing a personalized professional learning agenda
Strengthen leadership and management skills
Exchange experiences and lessons learnt
Develop new ways of thinking and provide a direction for the future
The Young Leaders programme is not about offering a hand book of how to become a successful leader it is rather a professional development initiative (also with much fun) that allows for personal growth and reflection of your own leadership potential together with international peers.
International guest speakers and the leadership programme team will present best practice models and case studies. During the sessions participants will also have the opportunity to discuss major challenges in their own organisations.
Who is it for?
This training programme is for young museums and cultural professionals who have either recently been appointed to a management post (director or head of a department) of a museum or a cultural institution or who are aspiring to become leaders in their institutions.
Applicants should have already staff responsibility and should be under the age of 45 (exceptions are possible).
We are happy to accept also applications from outside of Europe.
Intensive 5 day programme
Small team of international experts
Mix of experts’ inputs, discussions and workshops
Evening after-dinner talks
Starts on Sunday evening and finishes on Friday 2pm (arrival on Sunday evening necessary)
Interested candidates should send
A letter of intent (1-2 pages only) outlining why you want to participate in the programme
A short CV (max. 2 pages) and
a brief description of your current role and responsibilities in the organisation you work for
DEADLINE is May 15
All applications are reviewed by the leadership selection committee and a short list of 18 to 20 candidates will be announced at the beginning of June.