|The Maritime Museum, Liverpool|
This month has seen the overwhelming success of the New Professionals Conference, held at the Maritime Museum, Liverpool on the 7th October 2008. It was organised by BU PhD student Hannah Paddon and MA Museums Studies Programme Leader Yvette Staelens in collaboration with staff at National Museums Liverpool.
Over fifty participants attended including MA Museum Studies and PhD students from UK and beyond.
Newly elected Museums Association President and BU visiting Professor Stuart Davies' address to the conference commended BU on this groundbreaking initiative and pledged that the 2009 NPC conference attendees will be given access to the Museums Association Conference. The MA Conference is expensive to attend and beyond the reach of most students and many others in the sector and this is seen as a welcome development.
The next New Professionals Conference will be held in London on Tuesday 6th October 2009.