Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2019

3-5 October, Brighton

The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition is the largest event of its kind in Europe for museums and heritage professionals.  Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.

The theme of Brighton 2019 is Sustainable and Ethical Museums in a Globalised World. The conference looks at how the sector can help to create a more sustainable world, how it can communicate challenges such as poverty and climate change to audiences, and how museums can support campaigns that are working for a fairer and more sustainable society. The conference will explore what the environmentally, financially and socially sustainable museum of the future might look like. How can institutions adapt to a rapidly changing world and what of kind leadership is needed in the sector to make change possible?

This year's event is packed with content and delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. Subhadra Das, comedian and curator will host this year's conference. Subhadra who will open and close the conference each day and introduce keynote speakers, is a curator of science and medicine – as well as a writer and comedian.

Keynote speakers include Clayton Thomas-Müller, campaigner for indigenous rights and environmental and economic justice. He is based in Winnipeg, Canada, and is a member of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation, also known as Pukatawagan, in Northern Manitoba. He is a senior campaign specialist with, an international movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

Other sessions throughout the conference cover topics such as decolonisation, repatriation, sponsorship, curation, health and wellbeing, biodiversity, leadership, gender, workforce and diversity. There are also a host of seminars and training - all developed to facilitate fresh thinking. The social events give you the opportunity to carry on networking with fellow delegates at some of Brighton's cultural venues.

Festival of Change is back for its third year and promises to deliver more thought-provoking, yet fun creative interventions that explore the serious issues and challenges we all have to deal with. An altogether different view of conference helping to make change happen.

The third day of conference this year is a chance to visit a range of museums and galleries in Brighton. There is a programme of special events, exhibition tours, expert talks and behind-the-scenes visits to museums, galleries and cultural venues in the area, all included in the price.  

Conference is a vital forum for debate, exchange and networking – join us for the biggest event of its kind in Europe and help shape the future of museums.

Early bird booking ends on 31 July 2019. For more information and to book your place go to