Developing Museums and Galleries fit for the 21st Century: Responding to the Mendoza Review

Confirmed speakers:

  • Hedley Swain, South East Area Director, Arts Council England
  • Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries & Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Sandy Nairne, Former Director, National Portrait Gallery; Member, Museums Review Challenge Panel
  • Cllr Peter Golds, Deputy Chairman, LGA Culture, Tourism and Sport Board
  • Esme Ward, Head of Learning and Engagement, the Whitworth and Manchester Museum, the University of Manchester
  • Olivia Colling, Director of Development and Communications, The Hepworth Wakefield
  • Adrian Babbidge, Egeria Heritage Consulting (event chair)
  • More speakers TBC


In November 2017, the first review of England's museums in over a decade was published. The independent Mendoza Review called for the publication of a Museums Action Plan by September 2018 and made a number of recommendations about how Government departments and Arms Length Bodies could work more effectively together to help our museums flourish. The Review also included practical guidance for museums and galleries to help them thrive and grow in the face of real terms funding cuts and the increasingly competitive environment over how people spend their leisure time.

Join Westminster Briefing on 27th February for an up-to-date brief about the Mendoza Review and forthcoming Museums Action Plan and to hear about best practice in developing attractive and engaging museums and galleries that are fit for the 21st Century.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Key findings of the Mendoza Review
  • Steps the Government is taking to implement the Review’s findings
  • Formulation of the Museums Action Plan
  • How museums and galleries should respond to the review
  • Adapting to today’s funding environment
  • Growing and diversifying audiences
  • Dynamic collection, curation and management
  • Developing strong national and international partnerships
  • Working with stakeholders to promote museums and galleries to local people
  • Digital capacity and innovation
  • Good practice in creating attractive and engaging museums and galleries

The Event:

The morning will focus on recent policy developments affecting museums and galleries, including the Mendoza Review and the forthcoming Museums Action Plan.

The afternoon will examine best practice in developing museums and galleries that attract as many visitors as possible and enrich our cultural heritage.

Who Should Attend?

Delegates will be drawn from anyone with an interest in the future of our museums and galleries, including those who work in the cultural sector, as well as local authority Heads of Culture, Arts & Heritage Managers and Museum Development Managers.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Tuesday 27th February 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Public Sector & Not-for-Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each
Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each
Above prices exclude VAT

Background Quote

"England has a world-class museum sector. Museums play a vital role in the cultural life of the country. National and local government are both deeply involved in this important sector. This review sets out a series of recommendations to government and its key strategic and funding agencies (like Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund) requiring them to work closely together to help our museums flourish."

- Neil Mendoza, author of The Mendoza Review, 14 November 2017

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