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2024 IMA Annual Conference - Beyond Boundaries: The future for regional museums

23 May | 00:00 - 23:59

Irish Museums Association (IMA)

Event Address

St Patricks Carlow College, College Street, Carlow

The Irish Museums Association's 2024 Annual Conference, Beyond Boundaries: The future for regional museums, will take place in Carlow on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th May.

The most significant annual event for the Irish museum community, the conference brings these together for two days each year to a different location across Ireland. For 2024, we are delighted to be hosted by Carlow County Museum and join them in celebrating the 50th year of their founding.

We invite museum professionals, academics, and practitioners from the wider cultural landscape to come together in Carlow to network, share knowledge and expertise, and influence the development of the sector.


Conference Brief

Beyond Boundaries: The future for regional museums seeks to delve into the nuanced considerations involved as we explore the intersection of regional richness and national aspirations. 

Regional and local museums not only serve as living testaments to their histories and cultural heritage material but also stand as symbols of inclusivity, reflecting the diversity of local cultures and celebrating their communities.

These dynamic institutions intricately shape our national cultural landscape, weaving together the rich heritage across Ireland. They are, in addition, catalysts for physical, economic, and social regeneration of the area in which they are located. However, despite their centrality to the cultural fabric of the island, the provision, funding and support of these is often haphazard and uneven. This conference aims to examine the key factors which propel and guide investment in our regional and local museums. What are the consequences of the lack of joined up thinking when it comes to museum provision in Ireland and  what policies and support mechanisms are required to foster stronger partnerships among national, regional, and local museums?

Join us in Carlow, on occasion of the 50th anniversary of its County Museum, as we seek to not only facilitate meaningful conversations that inspire concrete positive actions, but also to enjoy two days full of opportunities to connect with colleagues from across the island and beyond and enjoy Carlow's cultural offering. 


To learn more about the conference

Click here to access the dedicated 2024 conference pages, with information about the venue, detailed programme, organising your trip, and more.