Annual Conference

The Irish Museums Association (IMA) annual conference 2019 is being held in Cork on 1 and 2 March, under the title 'We are all engagers'.

The IMA's annual spring themed conference is the main conference of the year in the Irish museum sector, giving museum professionals, academics, and practitioners from the wider cultural landscape the opportunity to meet and exchange views.

The IMA would like to thank Crawford Art Gallery, The Glucksman, Cork Public Museum, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and the Heritage Council for their input and support.

CLICK HERE to visit the dedicated conference website.


CONFERENCE THEME:

Museums are rising to the challenge of increasing and diversifying their audiences and are enthusiastic in their commitment to playing an active role in improving lives and creating a better society. However the 'relevance' of the museum is still mostly discussed in relation to sustaining and increasing audiences and social contribution, yet not posing the question of how we can ensure these changing values and aims are embedded in the core of the museum.

This conference will consider how museums can imbue audience-centred thinking within their organisational culture, in particular how we can develop and reimagine collections in ways which will actively engage the public. How can we unlock our full potential by becoming more dynamic, agile, and responsive to issues of contemporary relevance?

SCHEDULE

The programme will be announced in early 2019.

SPEAKERS

Speakers are invited and/or selected through an open call for papers.

BOOKINGS

Bookings will open early 2019.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Isaacs Cork & Greenes Restaurant
48 MacCurtain Street, Cork City, T23 F6EK
www.hotelisaacscork.com

Discounted rates for bookings made before the 31 January 2019: Friday 1 March 2019, Single Occupancy €119.00 per room B&B or Double occupancy €129.00 per room B&B. To make a booking, contact reservations@hotelisaacscork.com quoting booking code 31025. All bookings must be guaranteed with a credit card number with expiry date. Cancellation policy is 24 hours prior to arrival.

The Metropole Hotel
MacCurtain Street
Cork
www.themetropolehotel.ie

Discounted rates for bookings made before the 18 January 2019: Friday 1 March 2019, Single Occupancy per room B&B or Double Occupancey €129 BB per twin/double room B&B. To make a booking, contact reservations@themetropolehotel.ie quoting booking code 868255. All bookings must be guaranteed with a credit card number with expiry date.

TRAVEL

By air:

The nearest airport is Cork Airport, located approximately 8km south of Cork City Centre. The airport is serviced by bus route 226 to Parnell Place Bus Station, the main bus station for Cork city.

Dublin Airport is located approximately 10km north of Dublin City Centre, 267km north of Cork City Centre. There are public bus transport links to/from the airport directly to Cork.

By bus:

Bus Eireann run regular services between Dublin and Cork. Approx. time: 3 hours, 45 mins. See also GoBus (3 hours) and Dublin Coach (4 hours, 15 mins)
Citylink operate regular services between Cork and Limerick (travel time: 1 hour, 20 mins) or Galway (travel time: 2 hours, 50 mins)

By train:

For information on train timetables and ticketing information visit the Iarnrod Eireann (ROI) and Translink websites. Approximate travel time between Cork and Dublin: 3 hours. Approximate travel time between Cork and Belfast (connecting trains):5 hours, 30 mins - 6 hours.

By car:

Approximate travel time from Dublin or Galway is 2 hours, 45 mins. From Belfast: 4 hours, 10 mins. From Limerick: 1 hour, 30 mins.

 

For further information, please contact:

Gina O'Kelly | Irish Museums Association |11 Parnell Square East, Dublin D01 ND60
Tel: + 353 (0)1 412 0939 Mobile: + 353 (0)87 279 0518
Website: www.irishmuseums.org Email: office@irishmuseums.org