Breaking Boundaries for museums in Ironbridge

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust is organising a free two-day conference designed to help UK museums and heritage organisations think beyond traditional boundaries. The conference, ‘Breaking Boundaries’, is organised as part of the trust’s ‘Major Partner Museum and Museum Development’ programme.

Breaking Boundaries is funded by Arts Council England and will be held at Enginuity, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, 16-17 March, and is open to anyone working in a museum, art gallery or heritage organisation.

A Big Debate will feature a panel discussion chaired by conference host Paul Birch and workshops will get delegates thinking about issues and topics affecting heritage organisations.

Keynote speakers and workshop leaders include Abid Hussain from Arts Council England, Gary Hall from Culture Coventry, Lucy Woodbridge from the Natural History Museum, Dr Sharon Redrobe from Twycross Zoo, Andrew Lovett from the Black Country Living Museum and Anna Brennand from The Ironbridge Gorge Museum.

A limited number of bursaries are available to cover travel costs and overnight accommodation for staff at accredited museums. Find out more at

Meanwhile, conference and banqueting manager at Ironbridge Gorge Museums Gemma Aston tells CN: “Conferences add value to the Museum’s work, as they not only provide valuable income but also attract delegates who often return with their families as leisure visitors.

“2016 was one of our most successful years yet with events ranging from a gala dinner for 200 people for a business awards evening, a head office conference providing new information for 280 managers and an exhibition showcase. We have also held drop-in workshops for an engineering company and an annual general meeting for a trust.”

Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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