On Wednesday, I travelled to Coventry and the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum for a day of training. The training was provided by Jane Arthur, a Museums and Heritage consultant with The Museums Association (MA).
The aims of the training day were to give myself, the other trainees (Charlene, Lukas and Glenn) and other individuals from the sector a good understanding & help us acquire a working knowledge of the Museums Association code of ethics as well as using case studies and scenarios to explore current ethical issues.
The day was broken up into different sessions of discussion and case studies, focusing particularly on the ethics around human remains in collections and disposal for financially motivated reasons. These were particularly interesting as they helped to show just how diverse the range of issues are facing the sector.
I found the day to be enjoyable, very interesting and thought provoking. It has definitely improved my understanding of museum ethics and knowing that there are guidelines and tool-kits will give me the confidence to deal with any future issues I may encounter (as long as I can get a job!).