GEM Conference 2022 Bookings

Conference Fees 2022

We are delighted to be launching bookings for GEM Conference 2022: Thinking Outwards, taking place from 7 – 9 September 2022.

This year we are pleased to be connecting and learning in person once more, for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Museum educators from across the UK and beyond are invited to join us in Derby for three days of dialogue, inspiration and networking this September. It is also crucially important to us that our conference is accessible, inclusive and welcoming to all, so we will also be offering a hybrid online solution to participants who are unable to join us in Derby.

Until 15 July 2022 you can book your tickets at a discounted early bird rate. Please scroll down to see our conference fees.

At the Museum of Making, Derby:

We look forward to reuniting with familiar faces, and getting to know some new ones too, at our in-person conference in Derby. You can choose to purchase individual day tickets to attend for a short time, or go all out and come along for the full conference experience!

All in-person attendees of GEM Conference will benefit from the full programme of sessions each day, and opportunities to network and share with colleagues from across the UK and beyond. If that wasn’t enough to entice you, we’ll also be providing lunch and regular refreshments for each day of conference that you attend.

Those who book to join us for all three days of GEM Conference 2022 will also receive recordings of the main conference sessions, to enjoy again at a later opportunity.

Please note that all conference ticket prices are exclusive of Eventbrite fees.

In-Person Conference Bookings

Ticket Type Standard Rate Early Bird Discount
GEM Members (One Day) £135 £118
GEM Members (Full Conference) £320 £290
Non-Members (One Day) £185 £167
Non-Members (Full Conference) £550 £495
Student/Unwaged (One Day) £95 £85
Student/Unwaged (Full Conference) £270 £250

Online Only:

While we’d love to have you with us at the Museum of Making, we understand that times have changed, and this isn’t feasible for everyone. We will be providing a hybrid conference experience, with main sessions* live-streamed and recorded for participation with an online audience throughout all three days.

This online offer will seek to provide opportunities for connection, discussion and participation throughout the conference, with accessibility and inclusion at the forefront.

All Staff Institutional tickets are available for GEM Member organisations to purchase, for online-access only. This ticket enables an unlimited number of staff and volunteers from your organisation to attend as much of GEM Conference as they wish, at no extra cost.

Online Conference Bookings

Ticket Type Standard Rate Early Bird Discount
GEM Members £55 £49
Non-Members £85 £79
Student/Unwaged £45 £39
All Staff Institutional £350 £280

Thanks to Art Fund for their sponsorship of GEM Conference 2022, enabling us to provide an inclusive online offer to our members.

*Unfortunately it will not be possible for us to live-stream or record a couple of our smaller or more hands-on practical sessions. Please contact [email protected] for more details.

Payment by Invoice

We request that payments for GEM Conference tickets are made online via our Eventbrite portal. Under exceptional circumstances we are able to process a small number of payments by invoice, which must be arranged directly with the GEM Office. Please note that it could take up to five working days for the office to respond to your request.


At GEM we feel it is important to recognise that not everyone has equal access to careers and professional development opportunities in the museums and heritage sector. We’re also aware that for many in the sector, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought new challenges, financial difficulties, and in some cases redundancy.

GEM would like to offer 20 bursary places for Conference 2022. We’d invite people who meet any of the following criteria, and would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of attending our conference, to apply for one of these limited spaces.

  • Early career professionals
  • Freelancers
  • Those who identify as belonging to Black, Asian and other minority ethnic communities.
  • Those who have experienced barriers to developing a career in museum education due to disability, LGBTQI+ identity, socio-economic background, caring responsibilities, or racial discrimination.

If you don’t meet any of this criteria but would still struggle to attend GEM Conference without a bursary place, please do apply anyway.

Please contact [email protected] with 200 words max explaining why a bursary place would benefit you.

Book your Early Bird ticket until 16 June 2023.

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