Conference 2016

The Only Way Is Ethics: Social History and the 21st Century Museum

Lincoln Cathedral Centre and The Collection, Lincoln
Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th June 2016

Practitioners make ethical decisions every day, whether it’s around conservation, rationalisation, contemporary collecting, charging entry, workforce and training, diversity,censorship, donations, disposal or a multitude of other concerns.  How are you as practitioners being innovative, engaging with audiences, responding to contemporary concerns and the challenges of caring for museum collections whilst making those everyday ethical decisions?

This year's annual conference will be held in the historic city of Lincoln and we're delighted to welcome Rowan Brown and Kevin Gosling to give keynote speeches, and to feature a great programme of innovative case studies which celebrates the great successes of museums and organisations across the UK.

New for 2016! The Ethics Quick-Fire Round

This year we have invited 6 delegates to each present a 3-minute paper which clearly explains a problem or issue they have faced, what the dilemma was, how they approached it, and what the outcome was.

Following the presentations, all 6 speakers will then facilitate group discussions round tables which will aim to give delegates practical advice and guidance, how to (or how not to) face issues in all areas of museum practice and at all career levels.

The Programme

You can download the full programme here - which includes a tour of Lincoln Cathedral, evening activities, interactive workshops and an opportunity to look around The Collection. For those that want to extend their stay we will also be going on an optional tour of Lincoln Castle on the Saturday morning. 

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Speakers biographies and abstracts

Need more information? Here you can download the abstracts and speaker biographies for each of the sessions at conference this year.

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How to book

Booking has now closed. Thank you to all those people who have booked we look forward to seeing you in Lincoln. 

Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that the next Annual General Meeting of the Social History Curators Group will be held at the follow place and time:

Lincoln Cathedral Conference  Centre, 17 Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PX

Thursday 23rd June 2016 at 3.30pm 

For more details visit the news section

About us

The Social History Curators Group is a membership organisation dedicated to improving the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation.

Our annual conference is open to all and aims to facilitate the sharing of skills and experiences, and provoke debate around a current theme affecting our members through presentations, interactive workshops and tours.