South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries



Delegates sign in


Welcome and introduction

Claire Dixon, Chair - South West Fed


KEYNOTE: ‘…what happens there will affect us all.’ The British Museum’s Arctic: culture and climate exhibition in the context of COVID-19 (click here for talk synopsis)

Stuart Frost (Head of Interpretation and Volunteers, British Museum) & Julie Carr (Interpretation Officer, British Museum)


Communicating climate change using museum archaeology (click here for talk synopsis)

Jess Collins (Independent researcher, University of Exeter)




Fit for the Future Network: Accelerating Ambition into Action (click here for talk synopsis)

Hannah Mann (Fit for the Future Network Coordinator)


Q&A with morning speakers

All speakers from the morning session

A chance to ask the speakers from the morning any questions you may have.


Lunch - with optional networking in Zoom rooms including Freelancers Network


Sign in to workshops


WORKSHOPS (delegates will choose one workshop from the three options below)

Workshop 1

Using Natural Science Collections to Challenge the Climate Emergency (click here for workshop synopsis)

Helena Jaeschke (Conservation Development Officer, South West Museum Development Programme), Roz Bonnet (Programme and Projects Officer, SWMD), Isla Gladstone (Senior Curator (Natural Sciences), Bristol Museum & Art Gallery), Jan Freedman Curator, Plymouth Museums Galleries Archives), Ray Barnett (Head of Collections & Archives, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery), Claudia Hildebrandt (Technical Specialist, Bristol University School of Earth Sciences)

Workshop 2

How can your organisation support children and young people to understand and respond to the climate and ecological emergency?(click here for workshop synopsis)

Alison Bowyer (Executive Director, Kids in Museums)

Workshop 3

Janine King, (Development Officer, The Heritage Centre, Bude) and Amy Shakespeare, (wAVE Immersive Experiences Project Manager, Cornwall Museum Partnership




Quickfire Presentations

Representatives from conference sponsors and partners.

  • Alex von der Becke, Vernon Systems
  • Helen Horler, Culture Force
  • Roz Bonnet, South West Museum Development Programme


No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference: interpreting the climate crisis for a family audience (click here for talk synopsis)

Sophie Sage (Exhibitions Manager, V&A Museum of Childhood) and Kristian Volsing (Project Curator, V&A Museum of Childhood)


South West Fed AGM

South West Fed

The AGM is separate to the conference and any South West Fed members not attending the conference will be able to attend the AGM without purchasing a ticket.


End of Day 1

We'd like to thank our conference sponsors Culture Force and Vernon Systems, and partners South West Museum Development Programme.

We also want to say thank you to Bath Spa University who were originally hosting the conference before we needed to move it online.