Ethics (and Values): The Only Way?

‘a sustainable future – whatever form or forms it takes – will be decided by people in relation to their cultural traditions and values.’ UNESCO Sustainability Framework

The contexts in which we work are increasingly informed by large-scale challenges from social inequality to human-made climate change. At times of change and uncertainty about how we navigate the future, it’s more important than ever to feel sure of the values at the heart of our work. With conflicting demands on the use of resources, time and energy how do we navigate ethical decisions we must make on our own and with colleagues? How do we open up conversations around new and sometimes challenging issues?

This one-day workshop is designed for museum practitioners who focus on sustainability and wellbeing, and who wish to learn more about ethical frameworks that guide and support day-to-day decision making as well as longer term organisational strategies.

• What ethical and moral considerations come into play in relation to museum collections?
• Which resources are a priority for us at a time of public cuts?
• Can funding arrangements compromise the integrity and trust bestowed by the public on your organisation?
• Is it possible to balance our own wellbeing with that of the planet? our personal values with the values of our organisations?
• How do we manage any tensions that arise in positive ways?

At a time when the Museums Association has recently updated its own Code of Ethics to take into consideration principles of public engagement and public benefit; stewardship of collections and individual and institutional integrity, the day makes space to exchange views and learning with a peer group of museum practitioners and individuals working at the forefront of changes and innovation in the cultural sector.

Held at the Royal Academy, London on Feb 18th, 10am – 5pm, the day combines practical group work with contributions from key players from Royal Academy (Maurice Davies); Platform London who combine art, education, research and activism and the Museum of Homelessness amongst others.

Booking for Ethics (and Values): the Only Way? will open in January but if you would like to join us, please register your interest here: happymuseumproject@gmail.com