GEM Conference 2019: Bookings Now Open – Bursaries Available

Roz Bonnet, 29.04.2019

South West Museum Development are proud to be working in collaboration with the Group for Education in Museums (GEM), in advance of the GEM conference 2019 and are pleased to be able to offer x3 travel bursaries for the event. In addition GEM will cover x1 day’s conference attendance per bursary holder.

GEM Conference 2019

 Connection, Action, InnovationForging dynamic and lasting partnerships with communities

Wednesday 11 September – Friday 13 September 2019, Torquay Museum

 Bookings and Call for Papers now open. Early bird rate available until Monday 17 June.


Connection, Action, Innovation will explore how learning and participation can forge dynamic and lasting partnerships with communities to cultivate innovation, activism and wellbeing.

The GEM annual conference is the landmark CPD event of the year for heritage learning in the UK. Through a combination of keynotes and practical sessions, GEM conference provides delegates with new ideas, original solutions and strengthened networks.

This year, South West Museum Development are working in partnership with GEM, to help demonstrate the region’s huge achievements in community relationship-building, volunteering and managing limited resources. GEM is also working with the Disability Collaborative Network for Museums CIC (DCN) to ensure the event is accessible in respect to physical, sensory and cognitive access.

The GEM conference is suitable for anyone working in museum, heritage and cultural learning in both large and small organisations.


Call for Papers

GEM Conference is the perfect opportunity to share and develop your work. If you have a project, programme, idea or experience you would like to present to the heritage learning community – Submit your breakout, workshop or member’s presentation proposal by Friday 10 May 2019.

Click here for more info on the conference, booking and submitting a paper


Bursaries for South West Museums

South West Museum Development is pleased to offer three £75 bursaries to support staff or volunteer delegates from museums in the South West, who have not previously attended a GEM national conference. Please that staff or volunteers based at a museum in receipt of National Portfolio funding are not eligible to apply.

The bursaries can be used to support attendance either for one day or for the full conference (GEM will cover x1 day of conference attendance; additional days attendance would need to be self-funded).  SWMD welcomes applications for these bursaries from either staff or volunteers involved in developing partnerships and programmes with under-represented audiences, who are looking to develop their practice in community engagement or volunteer involvement.

Bursary recipients will be asked to produce a short write up of the day they attend for the South West Museum Development Blog, GEM Journal and website.


To apply: Please download and complete the Expression of Interest form via the link below.

GEM Conference 2019 Bursary Expression of Interest Form

Deadline for applications: 5pm, Wednesday June 5th 









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