INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF AGRICULTURAL MUSEUMS

AIMA 2020: PAST AND FUTURE AGRICULTURES

PLEASE NOTE – THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN POSTPONED. WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE CAUSED. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR REVISED DATES AND DETAILS.

The International Association of Agricultural Museums congress—AIMA 2020—will be held at The MERL from 20th to 23rd July 2020. It will explore the theme of Past and Future Agricultures. This will be an opportunity for agricultural museum professionals and others interested in farming heritage to discuss engagement, research, collections practice, and related activity. AIMA 2020 will serve as the AIMA general assembly but the wider programme will be open to members and non-members. Delegates are encouraged to join AIMA to take advantage of a preferential rate (see below). The full programme for AIMA 2020 is available to download here.*

AIMA 2020 is set to feature keynotes from Adam Sutherland (Director of Grizedale Arts), Nerupama Modwel (Director of Intangible Cultural Heritage at INTACH), and Adam Koszary (who made an Absolute Unit go viral here at The MERL). There will also be conference papers, special panel sessions, and the AIMA Presidential Address from The MERL’s own Ollie Douglas. The AIMA 2020 programme will include plenty opportunities to get to know The MERL galleries and garden, the University of Reading, to explore the Chiltern Open Air Museum, and to visit several of the University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries, and Museums.

Evening events include a drinks reception sponsored by the Rural Museums Network, and a special MERL Late, offering a chance for delegates to share the Museum with other audiences and to experience our unique approach to public engagement. This Farming Worlds Late will also serve as the launch of the artist-led Commons project. There will, of course, be many other opportunities throughout AIMA 2020 to meet and socialise with colleagues from around the world.

Several temporary exhibits have been planned to coincide with AIMA 2020, including State of Farming (a Community Case display telling the story of the 4th AIMA congress held at The MERL in 1976), and The Global Farm (a Ladybird Gallery display that takes a decolonising approach to representations of agriculture).

The AIMA 2020 rates are as follows:

AIMA Member Package Price: £240.00
Non-Member Package Price:  £275.00
Bed & Breakfast (cost per night for 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd July) £61.00
Bed & Breakfast (cost per night before 19th or after 22nd July) £73.20

To confirm your place at AIMA 2020 please visit the bookings page. PLEASE NOTE: THIS BOOKINGS PAGE HAS NOW BEEN TAKEN OFFLINE. PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR REVISED BOOKINGS PORTAL DETAILS.

As indicated by the ‘per night’ rates indicated above, accommodation during AIMA 2020 (i.e. 19th to 22nd July inclusive) is available at a slightly lower rate than other dates. Please note any cancellations need to be made six weeks prior to the event taking place. A £12 booking fee (which is included in the package price) will not be refunded for any cancellation. Please contact info@venuereading.com for more information about cancellations, rates, accommodation, and any other issues relating to congress bookings. *The programme is provisional and remains subject to potential change. We will keep the version posted on this page updated should changes occur.

We look forward to welcoming you to AIMA 2020 here in Reading this coming July. In the meantime, why not join the conversation @MuseumsAIMA, using the hashtags #AIMA2020 and #PastFutureAg.