Museum Conflict – Excursion to Belfast

Murals in shankill.

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!