South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries



Due to the advice this week from the UK Government about Covid-19, the South West Fed has taken the difficult decision to postpone our 2020 Conference & AGM. However, it is not cancelled.

As a charity that is committed to supporting the heritage sector in the South West, it is disappointing to delay this event, but it is important that we protect the health and wellbeing of delegates, staff, and volunteers. This follows current advice from health experts for the public to avoid all unnecessary social contact, and like many others in the sector, we feel it is our responsibility to postpone events for now.

Our volunteer Board is working with the venue and speakers that we had booked to work out new dates for the event, and we are aiming to minimise disruption to the exciting and inspiring programme that we were about to launch for the conference. We have emailed all ticket holders, and you can read a full statement from our Chair, Claire Dixon, here. We have set up an FAQ page with some helpful guidance for anyone affected by the postponement - click here for FAQs:

Interpreting, Curating and Combatting the Climate Emergency


Bath Spa University (Newton Park Campus)

In partnership with Bath Spa University

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Early bird tickets are available to members and non-members - there are further discounts for members (become a member here).

If your organisation is unable to use online booking services, please click here for information on other ways to book.

Programme announcements delayed while we schedule a new dates.

Be inspired

The 2020 conference theme is ‘Interpreting, Curating and Combatting the Climate Emergency’. It will focus on the different ways the museums and heritage sector can respond to the challenges posed by climate change.

Sessions will explore will explore and discuss how museums and heritage sites can contribute to increasing public awareness and civic engagement, and how we can develop sustainable practices which will mitigate and adapt to the climate emergency. The event will provide inspiration and practical examples to take away and apply to your own work and the organisations you work with.

Programme announcements coming soon.

Hear from the experts

We will soon be announcing our keynote speakers for the conference - watch this space, or sign up to our mailing list for news.

Who should attend?

The 2020 South West Fed Conference is open to members and non-members. With an array of speakers and talks, there will be something for everyone to take away. It is ideal for anyone who is:

  • Working with or in museums, heritage sites, art galleries, heritage services (including volunteers) at any level
  • Looking for ideas and inspiration on how increase public awareness and civic engagement on the climate emergency in museums and heritage sites you work with
  • Interested in understanding how the sector can develop sustainable practices which will mitigate and adapt to the climate emergency
  • Looking to build on their existing knowledge on the topic
  • Interested in developing their own learning and CPD
  • Keen to network with people across the heritage sector in the south west and beyond


We encourage you to share what you are learning at the event on Twitter using the hashtag #SWFED2020.

Network with others

We understand that the best conferences allow space for people to share thoughts and connect with others. That is why we are including more time in the programme for networking and good old conversation than before.

As with last year, there will be an enjoyable social evening for those staying for the two days (those attending only one day, can also attend the evening event on Day 1).

Lunchtime Meet-ups

This year we will once again be arranging meet-ups during the lunch breaks. If you have a suggestion of a meet-up that you would like to host, please email

2020 AGM

The conference will include our 2020 AGM for approximately 30 minutes. Details of the time and day of the AGM will be announced in due course.

“This year’s theme was chosen because our sector can help raise awareness of the climate emergency and engage people in the discussion. Thanks to people power and activism, much of the public have heard that the population needs to act, but many people will be looking to further understand the issue - we as a sector can help that. We also need to set an example and make sure we are doing everything we can to be sustainable and adopt best practice. I'm looking forward to seeing the learning, ideas and discussions that come out of the event.”

Claire Dixon - Chair, South West Fed


Book your place now

Ticket type

Price (£)

Super early bird (member only) - 2 days


Super early bird (member only) - day 1


Super early bird (member only) - day 2


Early bird (member only) - 2 days


Early bird (member only) - day 1


Early bird (member only) - day 2


Standard booking (member only) - 2 days


Standard booking (member only) - day 1


Standard booking (member only) - day 2


Early bird (non-member) - 2 days


Early bird (non-member) - day 1


Early bird (non-member) - day 2


Standard booking (non-member) - 2 days


Standard booking (non-member) - day 1


Standard booking (non-member) - day 2


Trade stand - Corporate Member per day (includes 1 delegate place)


Trade stand - Non-Corporate Member per day (includes 1 delegate place)


Event Information


The conference will be held on the Newton Park Campus (Commons Building) of Bath Spa University: Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath BA2 9BN. Information on how to get to the campus is available on the Bath Spa University website by clicking here.

The parkland estate has everything you’d expect from a modern university, as well as a castle and a lake. It's only four miles from central Bath.


If you need to know about the accessibility of Newton Park campus, the university has an accessibility guide available here:

Public Transport, Car Shares & Parking

Transport, directions and parking information are available on the Bath Spa University website here.

We encourage you to travel in the most sustainable way you can. If you are unable to travel via public transport, please consider car sharing. We have set up a Facebook group for you to offer or request car shares. You can join the group by clicking here. Alternatively, you could use websites such as or


There will soon be more information available about booking university accommodation. Please note that university accommodation will only be available at the Green Park site in the city and not at the Newton Park Campus that the conference is taking place at.

Information about the Green Park accommodation is available here. A booking link will be made available soon, so please look out for information.

Joining South West Fed

South West Fed members benefit from discounted conference tickets. If you are not a Member and would like to join the South West Fed before booking your conference ticket, please visit our membership page here.

Free evening social event (Day 1): The Roman Baths

For the evening on Day 1, there will be free entry to the Roman Baths (thanks to B&NES Heritage Services). The Roman Baths, at the heart of the City of Bath World Heritage Site, consists of the remarkably preserved remains of one of the greatest religious spas of the ancient world. The city’s unique thermal springs rise in the site and the Baths still flow with natural hot water. This evening event will be great opportunity to relax, continue conversations, network and immerse yourself in Bath's culture.

Please register your interest for attending the evening event when booking, or before lunchtime on Day 1 (if you are only attending Day 2, but still wish to attend these evening events, please email This will be free to attend no matter what day you are attending the conference.

Trade Stands

Visit our trade stands to hear about what they can offer you, your organisation, and the heritage sector. We will be announcing trade stands in the new year.

We'd like to thank our conference partners Bath Spa University for hosting the event.

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