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The Museums Association members meeting comes to Brighton

On Thursday 14th January 2016, Museum Association members were invited to join MA colleagues at the Royal Pavilion in Brighton.

Simon Stephens, the MA's Head of Publications and Events, welcomed members before President of the MA, David Fleming (Director of the National Museums Liverpool) outlined the MA and its policy priorities.

Headlines from David Fleming:

  • Role ofthe MA is to put pressure on politicians, letting public know about the damage of museum cuts;
  • It is a responsibility of the MA to never be accused of cowardess;
  • The MA needs to become a better champion of museums to the public;
  • It is time for museums to find our voice to the people who support us;
  • MA need to advocate how museums change lives and that no matter what their size, all museums can have social impact;
  • David Fleming asks whether we have developed a diverse workforce yet? And is it well equipped to address issues? 

MA Director, Sharon Heal, then introduced the new Code of Ethics.  The three key principles of the new Code of Ethics are:

  • public engagement & benefit;
  • stewardship of collections;
  • individual & institutional integrity.  

The members were then tasked with working through case studies using the Code to address the conflicts and issues.  What was clear in all of the case studies was the need for museums to be transparent about their decisions and ethics.

Charlotte Holmes, museum development officer for the MA, then shared the values they want to foster in workforce: integrity, collaboration, courage and equality.

Janita Bagshawe, MA rep for South-East England (and Director, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton), gave a brief overview of the role of an MA rep, and was followed by a short presentation from the South East Museum Development Programme.

The evening ended with drinks and nibbles and the opportunity to network with peers and MA staff. It included a chance to see 'Pierdom', a temporary exhibition at Brighton Museum featuring photographs of Britain’s piers by artist Simon Roberts.

More news from the MA:


  • Conference Proposals

Applications for proposals for the 2016 conference will launch next week.

  • MA Board 

There are three places for the board up for nominations. More details here.

  • Code of Ethics

The formal launch is in Scotland on 20 January, followed by an online lauch w/c 25th Jan and will be sent to all members with the copy of the February Journal.


  • Museum Services Directory

January and February are the major data collection periods for the Museums Service Directory.


  • Find-a-Museum

Spring is also the major data collection for Find-a-Museum – the online directory of museums and organisations in the sector.


  • Cuts Survey

View the Cuts Survey report here

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