National Programmes
Conference and Seminars

Over the last six years the British Museum has held an annual conference focused on partnerships in the museum sector.

The British Museum regularly hosts lectures, seminars and conferences, but the National Programmes is sector-facing, with a focus of working across the UK.

The annual conference is designed to be a networking opportunity and a chance to inspire new partnership activity. We want to make sure that the conference is relevant and useful to the museum representatives who attend.

We are open to ideas and suggestions for the annual conference. For more information contact Georgia Mallin, UK Partnerships Coordinator:

Lecture theatre

31 August 2017

Get what you give? The value and benefits of proactively lending collections

The British Museum’s National Programmes team, with the generous support of the Vivmar Foundation, is hosting a free one-day conference on Thursday 31 August 2017, exploring the subject of lending museum collections.

Conference Scope

Lending is a vibrant part of our sector, and museums’ capacity to borrow from each other is being substantially increased thanks to recent initiatives such as Arts Council England’s ‘Ready to Borrow’ grants programme, the Touring Exhibitions Group’s 'Preparing to Borrow' initiative, and the Art Fund Weston Loans Programme.

How we can make the most of these opportunities and get more collections on the move? This conference aims to explore how UK museums of every size, as well as non-museum spaces with collections, can be encouraged and supported to proactively lend to each other and to borrow from wider sources.

Conference Programme

The programme for the day is currently in development, but will include a range of sessions exploring the following themes though presentations, workshops, discussion and debate:

  • · Inspiration & strategy
  • · Skills & people
  • · Practice & logistics

A finalised schedule will be released in the coming weeks, with contributions from UK museum partners as well as national organisations including Arts Council England, the Art Fund, and the Touring Exhibitions Group. There will also be time to share ideas through Q&A sessions and networking opportunities.

Information for delegates

This event is free to attend and open to anyone working in or with UK Museums. Tickets can be reserved via Eventbrite

The day will be suitable for delegates who are museum professionals and volunteers, especially those working in exhibitions, loans, collections management, partnerships, sector development and curation; cultural sector body representatives; academics; freelance practitioners; and people working in the creative and digital industries with a relevance to the museum sector.

The day will include a lively programme of workshops, discussion and debate, which we hope will be shaped by contributions from colleagues across the UK.

Study Day
20 June 2017

Exploring drawings in UK Museums

The British Museum, with the generous support of the Vivmar Foundation, is hosting a free Study Day on 20 June 2017 for curators and museum staff working with drawings collections in the UK.

Using the rich graphic holdings of the British Museum and the current project, Lines of thought, the day will explore how drawings collections can be opened up to artists and art students, used to complement curricula at art schools and to generate audience and community engagement around the UK

For more information on the day and how to apply for a place, please see the Information for Applicants document. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 May 2017.

For any enquiries please contact:

Georgia Mallin

UK Partnerships Co-ordinator