South Western Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

South West Fed statement: events postponed due to Covid-19 advice

Dear friends and colleagues

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

As a charity that is committed to supporting the heritage sector in the South West, it is disappointing to delay these events, 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 venues and speakers that we had booked to work out new dates for both events, and we are aiming to minimise disruption to the exciting and inspiring programmes that we were about to launch for both events.

I understand that this will be disappointing for many of you, but please look out for new dates and details in the coming weeks. Tickets will still be valid for the rescheduled conference dates for those who have already purchased tickets.

Additionally, our free Bristol Cultural & Heritage Mingle events will not be taking place until further notice.

I would like to thank you in advance for your understanding of the situation, and I'd like to thank speakers, venues and volunteers who have worked hard to enable us to create a fantastic line-up of events and who are working with us to reschedule them.

This week we have seen many organisations in the sector close down their museums, galleries and heritage sites, and postponing or even cancelling events. This is a difficult and worrying time for all, but by coming together to support each other and find new ways to enable the public to access and learn about our heritage, we can get through it.

Do follow our social media and our news section on our website as we share resources from various sector bodies and organisations that will support our brilliant and rich heritage sector through the challenges ahead.

Yours sincerely

Claire Dixon Chair - South West Fed

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