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‘Keeping Connected’ coffee time online events
The last few years have been a challenging time for us all, with many of us working in isolation with limited contact with colleagues and peers. This was and is a particularly challenging at a time when the sector has also been under growing pressure to take action and implement change, when sharing support and advice with each other is so important. 
SInce 2021 MEG have been organising ‘Keeping Connected’ meetups on zoom. Our aim is to provide a safe space to support and care for our each other as we work through particular challenges or changes to practice. We will anchor each session on a particular issue, inviting colleagues and community members who have recent experience to share some of their reflections and work, previous sessions have focussed on terminology and photographic collections.  These events are an opportunity to ask questions, talk through barriers, share examples of best practice, chat to friends, and hear about the work that is being done in this area.

Keeping Connected: Practices of Care and Support for Museum staff

Date: Thursday 20th October 11-1pm

Online via Zoom


This session of the Keeping Connected series will explore practices of care for museum staff and how they can be embedded within an institution. This session involves three presentations from practitioners and academics who have been working on networks, policies and practices that are aimed at fostering support for employee across departments. We are delighted to have the following speakers:

Sacha Marson is a Visitor Experience Assistant, bringing Wellcome Collection's objects and themes to life for visitors through a range of activities. Sacha is particularly interested in exploring how philosophical and political thought relates to lived experience throughout history. They are part of the Collections Working Group at Wellcome Collection, formed to reconsider how it feels to tackle the challenge of dealing with a 19th century perception of race, gender and disability and to change Wellcome Collection’s perception of this. They will be talking about a Resource Booklet which is in the process of development and discuss how it aims to help new-starters and existing members of the team to access critical literature and sense-check their research methods, especially in relation to ethically sensitive collection items. They also discuss how this will support and ultimately develop Visitor Experience Assistant’s confidence in their research process by providing not only context to items but various points of contact to discuss their research approach.

Jasmine Brady (they/them) is a Front of House Team Leader at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Chair of the Change Makers Action Group for the University of Cambridge Museums. They are particularly passionate about using leadership skills to create more inclusive, welcoming and nurturing working environments. They will be speaking about the experience of chairing the Change Makers Action Group and the importance of staff networks for solidarity and wellbeing.

Anna Woodham is Senior Lecturer in Arts and Cultural Management in the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries (CMCI), King’s College London. Her research focuses on contemporary challenges impacting museums and archives. Recent collaborative projects have focused the impact of climate change on heritage in the low-lying island nation of Kiribati and exploring emotion, care and enthusiasm in “unloved” collections. These projects and others have led Anna to become interested in the emotional labour involved in the development and management of museum and archival collections. Inspired by research on heritage and climate change conducted for two AHRC funded research projects, this short presentation briefly outlines an initial framework for how we can conceptualise emotional and affective labour expended by museum professionals during their work and concludes with some thoughts on where this leaves the sector in terms of training, support and leadership gaps. 

Presentation will be 10-15 minutes long. This will be followed by breakout room discussions, focusing on each of their topics, followed by a general discussion with all attendees. The event will be free but will only be open to MEG members. Please do not share the Zoom links to the room when you receive them.

The event is being produced by the Early Career Committee, a subcommittee of MEG comprising of early career researchers and cultural practitioners. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information for how to join.


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