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Insurance for Museums Conference

25 April 2013 • The British Library Conference Centre

Delegate rating: 97% Good to Excellent

More than 100 delegates enjoyed a stimulating and challenging day discussing why museums need insurance, the different types available, and how to find the right policy at the Collections Trust’s first Insurance for Museums Conference at the British Library on 25 April. They rated both the programme and the event overall 97% Good to Excellent.

Sponsored by brokers Blackwall Green and insurers Hiscox, speakers made formal presentations and delivered Case Studies before debating the issues raised with delegates. The day concluded with a one-hour Insurance Clinic when participants got the chance to raise specific issues with the panel, which generated considerable discussion.

The conference was extremely well received by delegates, and their comments included: “A most interesting enjoyable, and thought-provoking day”; “A new way to think about why we insure”; “Expert advice from a number of different angles”; “A very clear presentation of the issues supported with real life case studies”; and “Very well organised and very well managed”.

This positive outcome was reflected by Nick Poole, Conference Chair and CEO of the Collections Trust, who said: “One of the most striking things throughout the day was the number of people who came up to me and said 'I wasn't expecting to enjoy this, but I have'. Insurance can be a dry subject, but in fact it touches on some of the most important aspects of how museums work, and the event really highlighted how tremendously varied a picture this can be”.

Following the event Nick Poole has posted a summary of the day’s proceedings on the Collections Link website titled Behind the Cheque and the Collections Trust has also started an 'Insurance for Museums' group on Collections Link to help build a community of interest around the subject. Those accessing the new Group need to be members of Collections Link, and free registration is available on the website. In addition, plans are underway to publish an Insurance for Museums Handbook.

The next major event being presented by the Collections Trust is OpenCulture 2013 at the Kia Oval Conference Centre on 2-3 July. The programme theme is How can Collections Management power the Participatory Museum of tomorrow? and already almost 200 registrations have been received. Online booking is now open and the full detail of the extensive programme is available on the event’s website.