2010 Annual Conference: Museum Exhibitions - from ideas to opening

Killarney, Co. Kerry
Friday 26 February - Sunday 28 February 2010

In 2010 The Annual Conference took place in Killarney on the theme of 'Museum Exhibitions - from ideas to opening' and covered the theory and practice behind exhibitions, audiences, content, touring and buildings. Speakers included Dr Peter Crowther (Ulster Museum), Professor Fintan Cullen (Nottingham University), Andy Horn (Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery), Lar Joye (National Museum of Ireland), Paul Martinovich (Blue Sky Design, Toronto), Anne Scroope (Scroope Design, Cork), Gemma Tipton (Art and Architecture Writer, Dublin) and Wendy Williams (Wendy Williams Design, Dublin). The conference was opened formally on Saturday 27 February by Dr Martin Mansergh TD, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism with special responsibility for the Arts.

Friday saw the start of the conference with Member's Papers, an exhibition workshop and a reception at Muckross House; Saturday was the main day for talks. The day of talks was followed by a reception and conference dinner in the Malton Hotel; Sunday started with the AGM and was followed by a visit to the award winning Muckross House.

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To download a detailed worksheet from the workshop Interpretative Exhibitions on a Budget by Ann Scroope and Wendy Williams Click here

Conference address by Dr. Martin Mansergh TD - Press Release from the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism 27/2/2010
‘Museums are vital to the cultural fabric of the country, by collecting, preserving, promoting and making accessible Ireland's cultural storehouse.'
Dr. Martin Mansergh TD Minister of State with special responsibility for the Arts, today (Saturday 27th February, 2010) officially opened the Irish Museums Association 2010 Conference in the Malton Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry. The Irish Museums Association is a voluntary, not for profit association, founded in 1977. It is dedicated to promoting the interests of museums and the Irish museums community throughout the island of Ireland. The title of 2010 conference is ‘Exhibitions - From Ideas to Openings'
Speaking at the opening Dr. Mansergh said: "The Irish Museum Association is an important voice for museums in Ireland, and does vital work in promoting them and providing training for professional practice in museum management, collections care, and visitor services. Equally importantly, the association identifies issues facing the museum sector, and provides a forum for debating them. This conference, Exhibitions - From Ideas to Openings, is a good example of the IMA's focus on relevant issues. By examining the philosophy and practice underlying exhibitions, it goes to the core of a museum's existence - the exhibition of collections."
Some €40,000 approved funding has been allocated to the Irish Museums Association in 2010. "Given the current economic climate, it is important that the museum sector articulate and demonstrate clear public benefits for the funding provided to it by the State. In reality, the importance of museums cannot be overstated in terms of their potential to foster cultural tourism. Such tourism, both domestic and foreign, is vital, not only to promote and help us maintain our history and heritage, but also as a means of bringing much needed funds into local economies in these straitened times," said the Minister.
Dr. Mansergh also said: "Museums are vital to the cultural fabric of the country, by collecting, preserving, promoting and making accessible Ireland's cultural storehouse. Museums also play a role in both fostering and demonstrating our spirit of innovation and creativity, by providing inspiration and education in Irish history, culture and heritage. Self-evidently, it is exhibitions that draw people through the doors of a museum, and brings them back again. While ultimately it is the collection which is at the heart and raison d'être of a museum, it is the exhibiting which interprets and brings a museum's collection to life, and facilitates engagement and communication with it."