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Call for Papers: Capacity Building(s)

15 March 16 -- jsuess

Conference: 28 July 2016, Pitt Rivers Museums, Delegate fee £70

Museums and cultural organisations are becoming more adept and increasingly creative when it comes to utilising their buildings for venue hire, and when managed successfully this can provide an important revenue stream. 

Venue hire can also provide opportunities for bringing cultural spaces to life and encouraging different audiences to see and use them in new ways.

This one-day conference will explore how museums and cultural organisations are developing their venue hire offer, experimenting with different uses for their buildings to generate income, and creating unusual, and often quirky places to inspire and delight public and commercial audiences, whilst remaining sensitive to the primary purpose of the space. 

Call for Papers

We would like to invite submissions from colleagues working in museums or cultural organisations which demonstrate a diversity of approaches to venue hire; from weddings, corporate hire and filming to hosting gigs, late nights and sleep overs, and other quirky events such as ‘date nights’.  

We are also interested in hearing about how you structure and manage your teams to deliver the best in customer service and user experience while remaining sensitive to collections and primary activity. How do you encourage and develop your teams to enable them to be innovative in the field of event management and venue hire? 

We are suggesting papers of approximately 20 minutes that share practical experience in a frank and open way. We would also be interested in sessions that take a different approach, whether a workshop, debate or roundtable – feel free to be creative in pitching your idea!

Proposals should be emailed to by midday on 23 May 2016 and should include:

  • Speaker name
  • Speaker email address
  • Speaker job title
  • Organisation
  • A working title for your paper
  • A short summary of your proposed paper (100-200 words)
  • Additional notes on your session format (if relevant)

Successful papers will be chosen by a panel and you will be advised of the result by 31 May 2016. Speakers will receive a free place at the conference; unfortunately we are unable to cover travel expenses.


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