2006 Annual Conference: Museums in the their Place: roles, regeneration and community.

Friday 24 February - Sunday 26 February 2006

This conference is the premier event in the Irish museum calendar, bringing together an outstanding collection of international and Irish speakers to address themes of crucial importance to everyone involved in museums and heritage. The full programme, with speakers, titles and timings will be issued shortly, but in the meantime early booking is recommended. The programme starts at Friday lunchtime with a session Making Space for Community, looking and discussing participative projects, issues and practice. This will be followed by ten minute members’ papers. From 6.30pm there will be a reception in the Ulster Museum – a chance to say farewell to the old building before its complete refurbishment starting later in the year. Saturday is based in the Harty Room, Queen’s University. The morning will be devoted to a series of directional presentations. After lunch, speakers will look at practice in a range of circumstances, north and south, and there will be a substantial opportunity for discussion. Queen’s University is very kindly proving the venue for the conference. Lunch is sponsored by the Naughten Gallery, as is the chance to continue our afternoon conversations over a glass of wine from 4.30pm Belfast is celebrating the centenary of the landmark City Hall with a year of cultural events, including an exhibition, and on Saturday evening the Council is sponsoring a visit and reception. Dinner will follow in the Indian Community Centre. On Sunday morning the IMA AGM will run in the Wellington Park Hotel from 10.30 until 11.30 when we will join Charlie Warmington of Lagan Legacy who will lead a boat trip looking at Belfast’s maritime heritage. After lunch there will be an opportunity to visit the freshly-opened Sentry Hill, looking at excellent solutions to a series of interpretive problems. We have negotiated a special rate at the 4 star Wellington Park Hotel. There are a number of other hotels and bread and breakfasts in the immediate area. Check with the Visitor’s and Convention Bureau at www.gotobelfast.com The fee for the conference is £40 (€60) for IMA members and _70 (€100) for non members. This includes attendance at all sessions, receptions, coffee and lunch on Saturday. Dinner is extra. Forms should be returned to IMA, Pearse Museum, St. Enda’s Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. tel +353-87-2790518 If you have any queries please contact Robert Heslip at the Ulster Museum – robert.heslip@magni.org.uk Conference Speakers: Friday: Liz Moran, Director, MacRobert Arts Centre Sarah Greenhalgh, On Common Ground Project Co-ordinator, National Museums & Galleries of Wales Marie McMahon, Education Officer, South Tipperary County Museum Lisa Kerley, Education Consultant, InspirEd Marian Ferguson, Education Officer, Ulster Museum Gemma Reid, Community Outreach Officer, Causeway Museum Service Saturday Morning: Prof. Peter van Mensch, Reinhadt Academy, Netherlands Dr. Mary-Cate Garden, Heritage Futures school, Caledonian University Prof. Hisham Elkadi, University of Ulster Prof. Jerry Steiner, University of Minnesota Saturday Afternoon: Focus on practice - facilitated by Declan McGonigal Gemma Reid, Community Outreach Officer, Causeway Museum Service Sarah O’Gorman, Ballyfermot, Dublin Kate O’Neill, RoSA Armagh Claire Leeman, Naughten Gallery, Belfast