ART Conference 2020

Making a Difference

Hilton, Derbyshire
14 - 15 March 2020


The ART Annual Conference is a regular feature in the ringing calendar and is a great opportunity for ringers and ringing teachers to share and learn.

In the words of one of last year's delegates:

I've sat in a lot of rooms and halls, full of ringers, filled with ringers' teas.  And, although we have some good meetings, there's always the grumbles 'The Branch Ringing Master should do this ... the Secretary should do that ... we've all been there. The ART Conference was a breath of fresh air.  Still a room full of ringers, but enthusiastic ringers, motivated ringers, ringers who want to make ringing better. People who believe it's not just about bell ringing, it's actually about bell ringers. Can't wait for next year!

ART’s exciting agenda this year includes a great line up of speakers. In a break from tradition the key-note speaker is not a ringer. 

Bonita Norris is the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. Her talk – Mountains of the mind – speaks about the lessons she learned on this extraordinary journey as a very ordinary person – the marginal gains, the leaps of faith, the not giving up when failure seemed inevitable.  All lessons in leadership that we recognise in our own ringing world.

Bontia is joined by our other speakers:

  • Richard Grimmett on Taking striking seriously
  • Alison Hodge and Tony Crabtree on What would TripAdvisor say about your tower?
  • Mark Plater (Senior Lecturer at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln) on the Science and practice of motivation

A range of seminars will showcase innovative ideas and good practice from amongst the bell ringing community. Thanks to your feedback from the 2019 conference these include:

  • Teaching with simulators - Steve Farmer & Chris de Cordova
  • Striking it right - Colin Newman
  • Starting a band from scratch - Ginette Pardoe
  • Learning the Ropes Festival of Ringing - Nikki Thomas & Ruth Suggett
  • The Social Media Toolkit - Alison Everett, Deb Baker & Emily Ashton

We have also introduced a lunchtime Teaching Forum hosted by Pip Penney which will give you the chance to talk through any teaching issues you may have.

A full list of speakers and their biographies can be found here.

The Sunday of the conference concentrates on recruitment and retention and is hosted by the Central Council. You are invited to participate in a workshop specially designed for the day in which you will build a development plan for your tower, area or youth group. You will be introduced to the latest research findings and a wide range of ideas about what has worked for others. The day will consist of presentations with lots of opportunities to share ideas and good practice.

The ART Conference is open to all ringers.  

The conference is now fully booked - but you can still join the waiting list here.

Read the ART Conference 2019 review