South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Early bird tickets now on sale for the SWFed Conference 2018

We are delighted to launch early bird tickets for the SWFed Conference 2018, and to announce the programme which features a range of experts from the heritage and museums sector.


The conference will be held at the University of Exeter on 4 & 5 July. The SWFed's annual conference is the networking event for multi-disciplinary practitioners working in the heritage the sector in the whole South West region. The two-day conference will have the theme "Confronting the Challenges: Visits & Collections"

As a charity representing a huge variety of museums, heritage sites and galleries across the region, we recognise that many of those organisations have limited resources for staff development. To cater for this, we are excited to be introducing a new split-topic format this year, allowing staff and volunteers who can only attend one day to focus their attentions on either visits (4 July) or collections (5 July) with a specific keynote for each. Those who are able to attend both days will enjoy a varied programme that will enable them to think about how the two areas can support each other..

We are pleased to announce Helen Bonser-Wilton (CEO, Mary Rose Trust) and Kevin Gosling (CEO, Collections Trust) as our keynote speakers - each setting the tone for two great days of learning, sharing and challenge-busting.

Annie Lucas, Meetings Secretary (conferences), SWFed, said: “We are particularly excited about the 2018 conference. If the heritage sector can keep working to make collections accessible, in the widest sense, everyone will be able to maximise their enjoyment and learning from collections. This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and share ideas about managing collections and making them accessible for visitors. ”

Anna Bryant, Chair, SWFed, said: “Every year I look forward to the SWFed Conference because I enjoy seeing people in the sector networking, forming new connections, learning, and sharing ideas. With a two day conference you get to have a wide range of conversations with different people. This year, we have chosen a wide-reaching theme that we think will encourage lots of conversation throughout the two days. It will suit people working in or with organisations of any size, from small museums, to national institutions."

SWFed Conference 2018 is in partnership with University of Exeter and Honest Studio. We would like to thank Volunteer Makers for their sponsorship.