At the end of June, the Insurance Museum had a stand at the Managing General Agents’ Association (MGAA) conference in London. It was a great event, packed full of MGAs as well as insurers, brokers and supporting services. We were kept extremely busy, and talked to people almost non-stop.
We took with us our “roaming museum”, with displays and objects from the collection of Brian Henham. These included documents, 18th century news items relating to insurance and fire buckets. On display there was also a selection of fire marks from our Chairman, Reg Brown’s, collection. We spent a lot of time talking about the history behind the objects, what they are and even what they are made of. If you missed us, or want to find out more about the objects, then you can do so here:
We met so many interested people and had a lot of discussion about the Insurance Museum’s plans: how we are going to raise money, expand our collection, engage with audiences, and especially, how everyone can help. There was a lot of catching up to do and we touched base with many people and organisations that supported the Insurance Museum Initiative (IM IN) in the very early days, before the pandemic.
We signed many people up for the IM Newsletter, so that we can spread the word even further. We gathered donations, and some people were even recruited as Founder Members of the Insurance Museum. Over the two recent conferences, BIBA in May and MGAA in June, we ran a competition: anyone signing up to the Newsletter was entered into a draw to win a bottle of bubbly. We have drawn a name “out of the hat” and are pleased to announce that Jane Chewins, Managing Director, JCL Insurance Brokers, won the bottle. It will soon be on the way to Cheshire.
Most of all, we would like to thank MGAA for the support they gave us: a stand for the day, allowing us to bring along the museum objects, displaying the Insurance Museum logo on their huge screen in the Exhibition Zone, highlighting the museum in the programme, and helping us to engage with their members. It was a great event. In particular, we especially want to thank MGAA for the charitable donation of £1,125 from money raised on the day.