Training and Events

Opportunities and training with a small coloured logo in the title, are those that have been organised, funded and facilitated by the South East Museum Development Programme.

Working Locally, Thinking Globally: 2018 Working Internationally Conference

Wednesday 7th March 2018


National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

The annual Working Internationally Conference is the only UK museums conference with a dedicated international focus.  ‘Working Locally, Thinking Globally’ considers how museums can respond to the new international context in light of recent world events, while maintaining relevance for both domestic and international audiences.  

Alongside Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs (Scotland) and Giles Smith, Director (Interim), Arts, Heritage and Tourism Directorate, DCMS delegates will hear from in-demand international speakers Rob Stein, Executive Vice President & Chief Program Officer, American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and Nina Zdravi─Ź, Head of Programmes and Communications, Slovene Ethnographic Museum & ICOM Europe committee member, and many more.

The day includes a flash-session on funding and support available for internationally focused initiatives.  A panel discussion with colleagues from Manchester Museum, Edinburgh Airport and the V&A explores how they are adapting their organisations’ activity in response to the new political and social environment by exploring conflict, climate change, new patterns of tourism and digital reproduction.

There are plenty of opportunities for questions to speakers and for networking with delegates over lunch and refreshments.

To view the conference programme and book your tickets visit:

Tickets are £45 for ICOM UK and NMDC members and £75 for non-members.  There are a limited number of student tickets at £25.

For delegates who will be in Edinburgh early on Wed 7 March, ICOM UK is hosting a special round table breakfast before the conference (09:30 – 10:30 at NMS).  ICOM National Committees are running a series of round tables events across the world to explore the future of museums and how museums and societies intertwine and impact each other.  This is your opportunity to contribute to the international discussion around the definition of museums in the 21st century.  To register your interest contact Dana Andrew, ICOM UK Executive Director at

Watch this video of Jette Sandahl, Chair of the ICOM Committee for Museum Definition, Prospects and Potential talking about changing the ICOM definition of museums for the 21st century:

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