outline of the programme


Programme dates and workshop topics are given below, see also the programme for 2015 -2016.  Reviews from past and present participants may be found here. See also pictures from some of the 2016-2017 workshops here.

MAY 11, 12, 13

Workshop 1 - Residential - Centre for Management Creativity, High Trenhouse, Malham, North Yorkshire

  • The art and science of leadership

  • Self reliance for you and your organisation

12 Noon Wednesday May 11 to 3 p.m. Friday May 13


Workshop 2 - Enterprise in Action - Black Country Living Museum, Hobbs and Sons Fish and Chip Shop and Loaf, social enterprise, Stirchley, West Midlands

  • Hands on sessions - making fish and chips and making bread + the financial realities of these businesses in the not for profit sector

  • Know the numbers, see the patterns - running a museum as a surplus generating social enterprise - the view from Andrew Lovett, BCLM CEO

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.


Workshop 3 - Entrepreneurship -  Black Country Living Museum

  • Luke Johnson and David Smith - a leading venture capitalist and a prominent economic journalist reflecting on business and leadership - the view from outside the cultural sector

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.

July, AUGUST, September

Overseas Study Visits 

  • Museums and cultural organisations - worldwide. See the earlier OSV visits


Workshop 4 - OSV Pecha Kucha presentations

  • Resilience lessons from other countries + UK site development case study - Think Tank, Millennium Point, Birmingham

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.


Workshop 5 - Governance, Boards, how senior level recruitment happens - Hampton Court Palace (TBC)

  • The Board, Chairman and the CEO - case studies of the good, the bad and the ugly

  • With Michael Day, CEO Historic Royal Palaces and Liz Amos of Liz Amos Associates

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.


Workshop 6 - Purpose and Ethics  - The Jewish Museum, London

  • The ethics of organisations; the personal, organisational and social challenges of cultural leadership

  • With Dame Fiona Reynolds, Master Emmanuel College, Cambridge and former Director General of the National Trust and Elaine Heumann Gurian, international museum consultant

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.


Workshop 7 - Networks - Manchester Museum of Science and Industry - With Sally MacDonald

  • Social, cultural, political, financial, professional and personal networks - growing, mapping and maintaining

9.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.



Workshop 8 - Leadership in Politics and Art - London

  • Gisela Stuart, a leading Brexit campaigner will reflect on leadership in politics, following what has been a turbulent and fascinating year

  • Maurice Davies - Head of Collections, the Royal Academy on cultural leadership and the role of a 'high art' institution

12 Noon - 7.30 p.m.


Workshop 9 - Site Development Safari - Bletchley Park

  • Putting the resilience lessons into practice - development masterclass for a museum site. Bletchley has just announced plans for a training college to teach cybersecurity skills to 16-19 year olds on site and the workshop will cover this development

9.30 a.m. - 5.00  p.m.

MARCH 22, 23 & 24

Workshop 10 - Conclusion - Final residential - Centre for Management Creativity, Malham, North Yorkshire

12 Noon Wednesday March 22 to 3 p.m. Friday March 24


MRL has a number of regular venues, however we also like to vary the Programme each year and select host locations from amongst the MRL cohort or alumni organisations. In 2015 - 2016 we are visiting Coventry Transport Museum, Bletchley Park and the British Museum.  Venues for workshops 4, 6, 7 and 9 in 2016 will be selected from the new cohort's organisations.

Programme DevelopMent

MRL is under continuous review by the Faculty. Whilst the scope of the Programme is settled we reserve the right to modify the outline structure shown here during the pre-programme development period for MRL 2016 -2017, which is January - March 2016.