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Unexpected Encounters Conference Museums Nurturing Living and Ageing Well

Wednesday 25 - Thursday 26 April 2018


Multi Day Seminar/Conference




Day 1: Wednesday 25 April 2018, 10am – 4.15pm 
Day 2: Thursday 26 April 2018, 9am – 2pm (limited numbers)

Venue: Manchester Museum, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

This conference grows out of the action research project Encountering the Unexpected: People, nature and natural heritage collections, funded through the Museums Association Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund.

Living and ageing well, alternative models for working with older people.
Exploring the potential of museum collections (specifically natural heritage) to support older people to live and age well.
‘Venturing into your curiosity’, new engagement models for working with older people.
The strategic implications of all of the above for museums.

What you can expect:
The unexpected!
Active participation.
Creative workshops.
Discussions and activities.
Panel discussions.
Access to nature and collections.

Who is it for?:
Museum learning and engagement staff.
Natural heritage curators.
Practitioners working in health and wellbeing.
Practitioners working with older people.
Practitioners working with nature and environmental issues.
People interested in strategic development of museums and other organisations.

There are a limited number of tickets available for Day 2 of the conference, which can only be booked by delegates who have also attended Day 1. Day 2 will interrogate issues raised in Day 1 in more depth, this day is aimed at practitioners who wish to commit to this type of work and bring about change in their field.

Day 2 also includes an optional visit to Whitworth Park where delegates can listen to birdsong during Dawn Chorus at 5.30am in the morning, followed by refreshments at Manchester Museum.

Confirmed speakers include: Claire Keatinge, the first Northern Ireland Commissioner for Older People; Alice Thwaite, Equal Arts; Farrell Curran, Age UK; and Henry McGhie, Manchester Museum.

Further details and contributors will be added as soon as we have further information, so check back for regular updates.


Manchester Museum
The University of Manchester
Oxford Road
M13 9PL

Booking Info

Day 1 (Wednesday 25 April): £30
Day 1 & 2 (Wednesday 25 April & Thursday 26 April): £45

RCMG is committed to ensuring that the conference is open and accessible to all. There are a limited number of free places available for the conference, get in touch with Ceri Jones and Sarah Plumb on JonesandPlumb@le.ac.uk or on +44 (0)116 252 3757 if you would like to enquire. If you have any specific needs or requests or would like more information please do get in touch.

To book your place please complete the booking form via shop@le here.



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