South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Call for papers: South West Fed Conference 2019 - 'Inspiring Audiences Home and Away’

Proposals are now being accepted for presentations and workshops for the 2019 South West Fed Conference on the theme 'Inspiring Audiences Home and Away'. The deadline for abstracts is 10 December 2018.

You can read the call for papers below, or click here to download it as a Word document.

‘Inspiring Audiences Home and Away’

Abstract Deadline: 10/12/2018


The South West Fed requests proposals for the annual South West Fed conference. The conference is the networking event for multi-disciplinary practitioners working in the heritage the sector in the whole South West region. This year’s conference theme is ‘Inspiring Audiences Home and Away’.

Presentations and workshops will explore and discuss how museums and heritage sites can engage their local communities, diversify their audiences and provide tourists with meaningful and enjoyable experiences. We are looking for presentations which will inspire delegates and give them practical examples to take away and work with in their own organisations.

We will provide a variety of topics for discussion and workshops that will focus on the different ways we can respond to the challenge of working with local communities whilst also engaging tourist audiences, which is of particular relevance to the South West region.

Each day will contain a combination of presentations and workshops that provide valuable CPD opportunities to consider this challenge and provide inspiring examples of how this can be done well.

All papers will be curated in order to provide coherent strands within the overarching conference themes for those able / wishing to attend both days and in order to provide the maximum training value to as many delegates as possible.

Possible areas of inquiry include but are not limited to:

  • Audience development
  • Co-production
  • Digital engagement
  • Evaluating visitors’ experiences
  • Interpretation and design
  • Learning programmes
  • Marketing
  • Outreach initiatives
  • Tackling diversity
  • Engaging tourists from home and abroad

Exact timings will be finalised but the draft programme indicates the following timings:
Presentations (except Keynote): 30 minutes
Workshops: 1 hour

Submission Requirements:

Individual proposals/abstracts should be no more than 250 words. A clear explanation of the significance of the presentation is requested.

Participants must provide:

  • Job title and/or subject specialism (professor, independent scholar, museums officer, manager, artist, entrepreneur, graduate student, or undergraduate student, member of the SW Emerging Museums Partnership).
  • A provisional title/focus of the workshop and/or individual presentation.
  • Availability over the two conference days.
  • Contact information.

Proposals/Abstracts should be submitted by no later than 9am on December 10, 2018. Submit electronically to or by postal mail by at the following address:

Andrew Thompson
South West Fed Events Secretary (Conference) 
41 Old Exeter Road
PL19 0JE