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Date: 29 April

Time: 09:00 – 17:00

Organiser: Scottish Museum Federation

Venue: Linlithgow Burgh Halls & Online

Scottish Museums Federation Conference 2024: A Little Help from the Sector

Join SMF for their 2024 Conference where museum workers from across Scotland will gather to share ideas, insights, and experiences. The in-person event will take place at the historic Linlithgow Burgh Halls.

Discover innovative approaches, network with industry experts, and gain valuable knowledge to enhance your museum’s impact. Engage in lively discussions, attend thought-provoking presentations, and participate in interactive workshops.

Whether you’re a curator, educator, or simply passionate about museums, this conference offers a unique opportunity to collaborate and learn from your peers. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that promises to provide a little help from the sector in navigating the challenges and opportunities facing Scottish museums today.


09:00 Registration

10:00 Welcome Address

10:10 First Session: Learning and Education
Working with schools: Where do we go next?
Workforce for the Future – Marseum

10:55 Quick Comfort Break

11:00 Second Session: Collections and Loans
Historic Environment Scotland’s Collections Inventory Project: Consistency and Collaboration
The RSAs Bicentenary in 2026: A National Celebration
Accreditation Mentors: a CPD opportunity

11:35 Break

11:50 Third Session: Intangible Heritage and Interpretation
Collaboration to tell the stories of Living Links
Heritage Reeks: Analysing the Malodour of the Dune Stinkhorn as a Case Study for Communicating Heritage Smells at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
Creating Family Friendly Museum

13:00 Lunch and Engagement Tables
Emerging Museum Professionals
National International Partnerships team at National Museums Scotland
RSAs Bicentenary in 2026
Museum Galleries Scotland

14:00 Social Activities
Linlithgow Canal Museum
Linlithgow Museum

15:30 Breakouts
Panel Discussion – Queering House Museums
Workshop – The Sensational Museum: Changing Mindsets

16:20 Break

16:30 AGM

17:00 Conference Closes

17:15 After Conference Social at Café Bar 1807

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