We’ve been busy over the last year with helping museums with advocacy: you may have already seen our Advocacy Guidelines for Scotland’s Museums and Galleries, and hopefully have found it useful. We’ve been highlighting how museums can effectively frame their work in terms that are important to political decision-makers: reducing inequalities, contributing to local and national placemaking and bringing a positive economic impact.
Continuing on from this work, we’ve decided to make the overarching theme of our biennial Museums Galleries Scotland conference this first advocacy theme: the reduction of inequalities. Inequalities: Bridging the Gap will focus on the work that museums are doing to address inequalities, with the day being organised around three sub-themes:
- Education: how do museums reduce inequalities in both formal and informal learning?;
- Health: how do museums bring positive impacts to health and well-being?;
- Widening access: how do museums work to widen access, including involving and engaging communities?
The conference will take place on Thursday 12 October 2017 and the day will consist of a mix of presentations, keynote and parallel sessions, so if you have a brilliant project you’d like to talk about, we’d love to hear from you.
Our call for papers is now open and will close on 17 February at 5pm. The conference will create opportunities for knowledge exchange between museums and galleries and other sectors, so we would welcome submissions from people outwith the museum sector, keen to share knowledge relevant to the conference themes, as well as from those within the sector. All sessions should showcase creative and efficient approaches or solutions to challenges faced, around the topic of reducing inequalities.
Proposals should be submitted on the offer of papers form which you can find on our website at https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/projects/mgs-conference-2017/ and sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Friday 17 February 2017. Further information about the conference theme and what we expect of our speakers can also be found on the link above. All contributions will be acknowledged and then evaluated by a panel. If you would like to discuss anything prior to submission please contact Heather Doherty, our Research and Evaluation Manager on 0131 550 4127.
If you offer services that help with reducing inequalities, offer insights into these, or just a service that will benefit the museums sector, there will also be a marketplace at the conference. If you’d be interested in taking part in the marketplace rather than presenting a paper, please get in touch with Devon McHugh on email@example.com and she’ll help you out.
We hope to hear what you’ve been up to on the very important theme of reducing inequalities.