Conference 2017

Annual conference 2017: ‘Changing tides’

Reading Museum, Reading Town Hall, The University of Reading and The Museum of English Rural Life

29th and 30th June 2017 

2016 has been a monumental year for the world as a whole and the effects of its events on museums are likely to be wide-ranging in their consequences. The vote for Brexit and the moves to both the left and the right of the political spectrum across the world will all have a significant effect on visitors, museums and how we adapt to stay relevant in the future.

This year's annual conference will be held in Reading and we're delighted to welcome Tony Butler and Heledd Fychan to give keynote speeches, and to feature a programme of interesting case studies which showcase the great work of museums and organisations across the UK.

The Programme

You can download the full programme below - which includes a tour of The Museum of English Rural Life, evening drinks reception, interactive workshops and an opportunity to look around Reading Museum. For those that want to extend their stay we will also be going on an optional walking tour of Reading on the Saturday morning. 

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Speaker’s biographies and Abstracts

Need more information? Abstracts and speaker biographies for each of the sessions at conference this year can be downloaded below. 

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New for 2017 – Question Time

Featuring influential speakers from across the United Kingdom – more details announced soon. 

How to book

Book online now via Eventbrite. Please ensure you have ticked all relevant boxes on the form.

Alternatively a booking form can be downloaded below

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Early Bird Discount

Get a 10% discount on the Full Conference Fee if you book by 5pm on Friday 5th May 2017

Free Conference Place

One free place for a first time attendee.

Free place applicants do not have to be a SHCG member on application but will have to purchase membership if they are successful. Membership starts from as little as £18.00 - more details.

To apply and for more information download the application form below 

Deadline Friday 5th May 2017 5pm.

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Annual General Meeting

Please be advised that the next Annual General Meeting of the Social History Curators Group will be held at the University of Reading, Lecture Theatre LO22 G01 and G03 on Thursday 29th June 2017 at 4pm.

Download the document below for more details 

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5 Ordinary Trustees positions available

SHCG is looking for 5 Ordinary Trustees. Are you an early or mid-career professional working in a museum or heritage site.  Are you looking to enhance your skills or find new opportunities to do something different?  You may be who we are looking for. Find out more

Nominations will be accepted on the day at AGM only if the candidate and their Proposer are present at AGM.

About Us

The Social History Curators Group is a membership organisation dedicated to improving the status and provision of social history in museums and the standards of collections, research, display and interpretation.

Our annual conference is open to all and aims to facilitate the sharing of skills and experiences, and provoke debate around a current theme affecting our members through presentations, interactive workshops and tours.