Upcoming Event: GEM Conference 2019 ‘Connection, Action, Innovation’

The upcoming annual GEM (Group for Education in Museums) Conference entitled ‘Creation, Action, Innovation: Forging Dynamic and Lasting Partnerships with Communities’ for 2019 is a great opportunity for those interested in the heritage sector to attend an event aiming to inspire, provide knowledge and discussion, and opportunities for networking to a wide range of participants and delegates across the UK.

Taking place from Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2019 and in collaboration with South West Museums Development, the first version of the GEM Conference programme for the conference is now available. The event will be held at Torquay Museum, and promises a range of talks and practical interactive sessions applicable to those interested and working within the sector, whether this is a large or small organisation.

The theme for this year’s conference aims to focus on the building, fostering and maintenance of relationships with communities, including volunteering and the managing of limited resources, as well as cultivating inclusion, innovation, activism, and wellbeing. An important and interesting part of the conference theme also includes discussion of the idea of the museum as ‘neutral’, a current popular subject across the heritage sector (for instance see recent discussions online at Artstuffmatters, Art Museum Teaching and on Medium.com).

This year’s conference is also organised in collaboration with Disability Collaborative Network for Museums CIC (DCN), to ensure that the conference is organised to enable physical, sensory and cognitive access. Further information about accessibility as well as ticket prices, booking forms and updates to the programme and planned evening activities can be found on the GEM website. The deadline to book a place for the conference is 2nd September 2019!