Training sessions organised by Museums Essex will be advertised here when they occur.

Museum Ethics
Wednesday 21 September, 10:30 – 12:00 (Zoom)  

Speaker: Philip Wise, Heritage Manager, Colchester + Ipswich Museums and member of the Society of Antiquaries of London Ethical Conduct Body.

Museums are public-facing, collections-based institutions that preserve and transmit knowledge, culture and history for past, present and future generations. This places museums in an important position of trust in relation to their audiences, local communities, donors, source communities, partner organisations, sponsors and funders. Museums must make sound ethical judgements in all areas of their work in order to maintain this trust.

In this session you will learn:

  • An understanding of what we mean by the study of ethics
  • What the Museums Association Code of Ethics is and how to apply it in practice
  • Areas of museum work where ethical decisions may arise
  • How to carry out an ethical disposal procedure
  • Where to seek external support and guidance for ethical concerns.

Ethical dilemmas using real case studies will be presented and discussed. We also answer the question what links Indiana Jones, Lord St John of Fawsley, Lyra Belacqua and the Dambusters Raid?

Book your place here on Eventbrite:

If you are not a member and would like to join to access member benefits like training and access to the small grants scheme, please contact Gordon Cummings, treasurer:

Free training on topics related to audience engagement & learning is also delivered via the Essex Heritage Engagement & Learning group.

SHARE Museums East

All SHARE training can be booked via their online training calendar.

SHARE training is usually open to museums in the Accreditation scheme (including officially working towards) though they often have some free places or places with a small charge for non-Accredited museums.

Sessions currently available to book via the training calendar:

14 September – The Art of Giving P1: removing the barriers that stop people donating 
15 September – Getting your house in order: location and movement control 
19 September – Connecting with families 
20 September – Mobilising museums for climate action 
28 September – The Art of Giving P2: removing the barriers that stop people donating 
29 September – Collections Review and Rationalisation 
3 October – Understanding Audience Engagement 
11 October – Managing Museum and Archive Collections Together 
14 October – Collections Management for trustees 
19 October – The Art of Giving P3: preparing for a cash free world 
20 October – Getting your house in order: inventory 
25 October – Accreditation Action Plans 

Disability access training

If you are looking for training in this area, Jo Gillam has worked with lots of Essex museums and delivered training locally and regionally. Jo’s training offer includes online and in person delivery and covers general disability access, autism, neurodiversity, dementia, learning disabilities and sensory needs. Some more details are in this PDF.

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