October 16–18, 2023
About Our Conference
Theme: Museum Care: Care of Self, Care of Team, Care of Community
Museum conferences regularly focus on care of collections, care of facilities, and care for exhibits. This year, it is time to care for the museum people who make it all happen.
“Museum Care” is necessary to ensure a healthy heritage sector. The last few years have been filled with particularly challenging times. Museums have risen to face these challenges time and time again. This has resulted in inspiring examples of community service, but also a sense of fatigue. This conference hopes to celebrate successes and help inspire solutions.
The Conference will explore three streams:
Care of Self:
explore how passion for our work is not enough to protect museum workers from burn-out.
Care of Team:
explore how the workforce is changing and how we can support our teams at all stages of their careers from emerging museum professionals to seasoned professionals preparing for their successors.
Care of Community:
explore how museums are branching out from traditional offerings to support their communities in new and creative ways, especially in times of need.
In addition to a thoughtful and practical series of speakers, the Conference will provide many opportunities to network with your colleagues, decompress after a busy summer, and experience Cape Breton hospitality at its finest.
Early Bird Registration extended to Sept 19th!
ANSM Members Rate: $200
Non-Members Rate: $250
Regular Registration: September 20 – October 10, 2023
ANSM Members Rate $250
Non-Members Rate: $300
Registration Closes at 10:00 am on Tuesday, October 10, 2023
Are you unsure if your museum is an ANSM member? Contact ANSM (email@example.com). Memberships begin at $25 for students, $50 for individuals, and $100 for museums and affiliate members. Become a member today!
The Association of Nova Scotia Museums Dr. Peter Cullen Memorial Bursary is available to help cover registration fees. Applications have closed for this year.
The Canadian Museums Association Conference Bursary is also available, and will cover up-to $600 expenses to attend a conference.
ANSM is pleased to announce this year’s Conference will have an official, FREE app thanks to our corporate member ThinkProxi.
Registrants will be notified when the conference app is ready. At that time, you will be invited to download it to your mobile device, and you will be able to:
- View the event agenda and plan your sessions
- Read presenter bios
- Complete session surveys
- Engage with Conference Sponsors
- Find Maps to conference locations
- Receive timely push notifications about any last minute changes to the program
- Connect quickly with ANSM Conference Organizers
ThinkProxi is a leader in adding beacon technology to museum in order to bring digital life to physical spaces. It is used by museums in Nova Scotia and has an exclusive offer for ANSM members, saving $2,000 off their first year of service.
Attendees and their guests can stay at the Inverary Resort at 368 Shore Road, Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
The Room Block at the Inverary Resort is now open and will be available until September 10, 2023. To access the reservations call Reservations:
1-800-565-5660 ext. 1 Group Name: Association of Nova Scotia Museums
The ANSM room block will extend 2 days before and after the Conference, from Friday, October 13 to Friday, October 20th to facilitate anyone who would like to extend their stay in the area. Due to Celtic Colours (October 6-14), availability of rooms the days preceding the Conference may fill up quickly. If you would like to come to Baddeck early to enjoy Celtic Colours we recommend booking soon.
Check in is after 3pm, check out is 11am. All reservations include a full breakfast buffet.
Traditional Room (1 queen, king, or two doubles) – $195/night
Main Lodge Room (king or 2 queens) – $240/night
Cottages and suites are also available. Please call Inverary Resort if these are of interest to you.
Baddeck is also home to many other accommodations of various styles and price points.
Guests wanting to stay the night in Iona after the study tour can contact Iona Heights Inn.
Book online with promo code “ihi15” to save 15%. ionaheightsinn.com
Location and Transportation
The ANSM Conference is taking place at the Inverary Resort on Baddeck Bay, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
368 Shore Road
Baddeck, Nova Scotia
Baddeck, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada.
GPS: 46.09647824212056, -60.75594608617669
(view Google map)
Baddeck is located 355 KM by highway east of Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is ample complimentary parking for guests at the Inverary Resort.
Maritime Bus has a stop in Wagmatcook, Cape Breton. Those travelling by bus can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pick-up to complete the journey to Baddeck.
The ANSM Conference brings together 60-100 museum professionals and represents many museums in the province. Sponsors will have increased visibility with Conference delegates as well as the over 500 museum professionals to whom this Conference will be promoted.
There are various levels of sponsorship from $50 to $5000+. Anyone interested in sponsoring the Conference should contact ANSM’s Executive Director, Maggie MacIntyre (email@example.com).
Our Sponsorship package can also be downloaded here.
ANSM would like to thank our Conference Committee members:
Matthew Cook, Rabab Khan, Claire Roach, Sarah MacInnes, Alexandra Hernould, Joni Thomas, Katherine MacLeod, Angie MacIsaac, and Sara England.
Additional thanks to Shaina Scrimgeour of Gemstone Event Management.
Conference Chair: Maggie MacIntyre, ANSM Executive Director