Museum Ideas 2012 - Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture

Museum of LondonMuseum Ideas 2012
Hosted by Museum of London | Wednesday 3rd October

Museum Ideas 2012

Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture

Looking for inspirational ideas and practical advice on digital innovation, audience participation and public engagement? Want to question leading innovators from both the US and UK and get first-hand experience of the latest ideas and developments?

Explore the latest original thinking from leading international museum innovators from both sides of the Atlantic at an exclusive one-day event packed with fresh ideas about leadership, engagement, interpretation, sustainability, learning and participation in museums and galleries.
Limited availability: Hosted by Museum of London, capacity is strictly limited. Register now to avoid disappointment. Reserve your place today for £197 and save £50 on the standard delegate rate. Please act now to take advantage of this low rate.

How to Register
Reserve your place easily and safely online by credit or debit card via Google Checkout for special discounted rate places (using the top right ticket on this page). Or to be invoiced for your place please email

Join leading professionals from a wide range of museums and organisations, including:

Antenna International / ATS Heritage / Beck Interiors / Ben Gammon Consulting / British Library / British Museum / Cambridge University Museum of Zoology / Camden Arts Centre / Canadian Museum of Civilization / Canadian Museum of Nature / Caper and Culture Hack / Casson Mann / Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona / Cogapp / Compton Verney / Culture24 / Dallas Museum of Art / Electrosonic / Event Communications /First Garden City Heritage Museum / Fitzwilliam Museum / Galleries of Justice & National Centre for Citizenship / Glasgow Museums / Haley Sharpe Design / Herbert Art Gallery & Museum / Historic Royal Palaces / Horniman Museum and Gardens / IESEG School of Management (France) / Imperial War Museum / Imperial War Museum North / ISO / Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago / London Transport Museum / Manchester Art Gallery / MET Studio / Meyvaert Glass Engineering / Museum Computer Network / Museum Identity / Museum of East Anglian Life / Museum of London / Museum of Modern Art, New York / National Galleries of Scotland / National Museum Wales / National Museums Northern Ireland / National Museums Scotland / National Portrait Gallery / Natural History Museum / Newangle / Oakland Museum of California / Oxford ASPIRE / Paragon Creative / Potteries Museum & Art Gallery / Pufferfish / Purcell / Reciproque / Roman Baths and Pump Room / Science Museum, London / Semmel Concerts GmbH / Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt-National Design Museum / Surface Impressions / Sysco AV / Tate Media / The Performance Corporation / The University of Manchester / Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums / V&A / V&A Museum of Childhood / Vernon Systems / Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn

With leading speakers and contributors from both the US and UK, we’ve teamed up with Museum of London to create a fascinating and valuable experience for museum and cultural professionals.

This must-attend event includes sessions from MoMA; Dallas Museum of Art; Smithsonian-Cooper-Hewitt; Oakland Museum of California; Weeksville, Brooklyn; Hull-House Museum, Chicago – plus leading UK museums.

Museum Ideas 2012 keynote: 'War, Plague & Fire: Museums and Libraries in the era of participatory culture' by Sharon Ament – the new Director of Museum of London and past Director of Public Engagement, Natural History Museum, London.

Plus Museum Ideas 2012 includes 'Bootstrapping Innovation in Museums' - an interactive and in-depth session with leading innovators and digital pioneers Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and Rob Stein, Deputy Director of Dallas Museum of Art.

Jane Burton, Head of Content and Creative Director, Tate Media will be presenting 'Radical art experiences for the online space'.

Further sessions include 'Social Responsibility and Cultural Sustainability' and 'Active Participation and Public Engagement'. Lisa Junkin will be presenting a paper titled: 'Report to the Public: dangerous histories, public history and community development', while Tony Butler will be taking about 'How museums can create conditions for well-being without costing the earth'.

Join delegates already attending, including:

• Head of National & International Programmes & Projects, Imperial War Museum
• Director of Participation and Learning, National Portrait Gallery
• Head of Capital Projects, Museum of London
• Head of Creative Services, British Library
• Digital Developer, National Museums Scotland
• Digital Media Manager, Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
• Head of New Media, National Museum Wales
• Head of Exhibitions, Imperial War Museum North
• Digital Media Manager,  Horniman Museum and Gardens
• Exhibition Manager, V&A Museum of Childhood
• Head of New Media, Science Museum, London
• Design Manager, Glasgow Museums
• Museum Manager, Natural History Museum
• Head of Interpretation, Historic Royal Palaces

Limited availability: Hosted by Museum of London, capacity is strictly limited. Register now to avoid disappointment. Reserve your place today for £197 and save £50 on the standard delegate rate. Please act now to take advantage of this low rate.

What to expect from Museum Ideas 2012:
• World-class speakers and fresh ideas from leading museums in the US and UK
• Convivial and productive atmosphere with an innovative approach to professional inquiry
• Packed schedule with keynotes and international presentations, papers and workshops
• Great value - low delegate rate includes all sessions, refreshments, lunch and high-speed wifi
• Networking - make valuable new connections and enjoy new museum conversations

Museum Ideas 2012 provides a platform for the cross-fertilisation of ideas, conversation and useful collaboration with the opportunity for delegates to learn from different perspectives outside their specialism and locality. Museum Ideas 2012 celebrates the variety found within the museum community. In doing so we have selected papers on a wide range of subjects and issues. What unites the conference is the quality of the contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.

Places are strictly limited – please reserve your place now to avoid disappointment. Discounts are available for multiple reservations made at the same time. There is strong demand for places which will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Please reserve your place today to guarantee attendance.

Twitter: Museum Ideas 2012 on Twitter: #MuseumIdeas and @MuseumID

Speakers at Museum Ideas 2012 include:

SharonAmentSharon Ament – Director of Public Engagement, Natural History Museum, London, and newly appointed Director, Museum of London: Sharon is currently Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum (NHM). Since 2000 Sharon has been working to create transformational experiences and build the reach and impact of NHM through innovative programmes, new galleries, worldwide reach, digital outputs and increased profile. Sharon is responsible for visitor services, learning, communications, interactive media, exhibitions, public programmes and fundraising. She currently chairs the Exhibition Road Cultural Group, which represents 17 major cultural organisations, and is also the Vice President of Ecsite - the European Network for Science Centres and Museums. Sharon was recently appointed the new director of Museum of London and takes up her new position in September 2012.

RobSteinRobert Stein – Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art: Robert is widely recognized as a leader in the use of technology in museums. Until recently he was Deputy Director for Research, Technology and Engagement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Robert currently serves on the Board of the Museum Computer Network, has been an active member of the International Committee of Museums and the Web since 2007, and sits on the advisory committee for the New Media Consortium’s Horizon Report for Museums. In 2009, Robert and colleagues launched the streaming video website, In 2011, the New York Times named Stein one of “Four to Follow” in museum technology. A long-time leader and technical innovator, Stein continues to advocate for user-generated content that can be usefully integrated with museum practice. 

JaneBurtonJane Burton - Head of Content and Creative Director, Tate Media: As Creative Director for Tate Media, Jane oversees multiple project including films about art for TV and online and the recently announced Tate Movie – a collaboration with Aardman animation, creative agency Fallon and primary school children across the UK. In 2002, she launched the world’s first wireless multimedia tours at Tate Modern, winning a BAFTA for innovation, and in 2008 piloted the UK’s first gallery tour for the iPod touch and iPhone. Jane joined Tate in 1999 as Tate Modern’s Curator of Interpretation, and previously worked as an arts journalist.

SebChanSeb Chan – Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York City: Currently serving as Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Seb is responsible for museum’s complete digital renewal during a time when the museum is rebuilding and transforming into a ‘21st century museum’. Until November 2011, Seb led the Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies department at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, where he oversaw projects exploring new ways for visitors and citizens to engage and contribute to the Powerhouse’s collection.

FrancescaRosenbergFrancesca Rosenberg – Director of Community and Access Programs, Museum of Modern Art, NYC: In her 14 years at the Museum of Modern Art, Francesca and her colleagues have won national respect for their efforts to make the Museum’s extensive resources accessible to all. In 2000 MoMA’s Access program was awarded the Access Innovation in the Arts Award by MetLife Foundation and VSA Arts. In 2007 she received the Ruth Green Advocacy Award from the League for the Hard of Hearing and in 2002 was recognized as Community Leader of the Year by Self Help for the Hard of Hearing. Francesca serves on the steering committee of Museum Access Consortium New York and is the coauthor of Making Art Accessible to Blind and Visually Impaired Individuals (1996).

 JenniferScottJennifer Scott – Vice Director, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn: An Anthropologist, Public Historian, and Curator who has worked with non-profit, arts, history organizations and museums for over 15 years, Jennifer is currently the Vice Director and Director of Research at Weeksville Heritage Center, a socially relevant historic house museum specializing in innovative applications of history, culture, and the arts. She is presently designing a number of components for Weeksville’s new, thirty million dollar Education and Cultural Arts Center (opening 2013), including a Visual Collections Storage, an Orientation Exhibition, an Oral History Studio, and a Research Center. Additionally, Jennifer is a Part-Time Professor at The New School for Public Engagement, Parsons School of Art and Design History and Theory, and Pratt Institute’s Graduate School of Arts and Cultural Management. Jennifer holds degrees from Stanford University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Michigan.

LisaJunkinLisa Junkin – Education Coordinator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago: Since 2008 Lisa has directed the education program at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, managing a staff of museum educators and coordinating cultural and civic engagement programs for children and adults. She co-founded the Museum’s SEX+++ Documentary Film Series and assisted in the creation of the Re-thinking Soup program and the Hull-House Heirloom Farm and has collaborated on anti-violence and healthy relationship initiatives. In 2010, Lisa helped re-curate the Museum’s collection. Lisa holds a master’s degree in Art Education from the Art Institute of Chicago.

Tony ButlerTony Butler – Director, Museum of East Anglian Life, and Director of the Happy Museum Project: Tony Butler is the Director of the Museum Anglian Life (MEAL). Tony was a social history curator before joining MEAL in 2004. Since then, he has transformed a failing organisation into one which is leading developments in social and cultural enterprise. Since 2010 Tony has also led the ‘Happy Museum Project’ - a community of practice in museums based on sustainability and well-being. A paper co-authored with the New Economics Foundation entitled The Happy Museum – a Tale of How it Might Turn Out Alright appeared in March 2011 and the programme is funding 6 other museums to carry out projects based upon its principles. Tony studied History at University of Wales Aberystwyth and holds an MA in Museology from the University of East Anglia. Between 2007-2009 he was a Museums Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme. He is a Trustee of the Poetry Trust, Aldeburgh Museum and Kids in Museum.

LaurenParkerLauren Parker - Head of Contemporary Programmes, Victoria & Albert Museum: Lauren Parker has been Head of Contemporary Programmes since November 2006. In her role Lauren oversees a creative programme of contemporary exhibitions, artist commissions and events, including Out of the Ordinary: Spectacular Craft and the V&A's popular Friday Late series. Lauren studied English Literature at Cambridge University followed by a Masters in Museum Studies at Leicester University, researching new media curating. Lauren specialises in moving image, interaction design and digital technologies.


AdamRozanAdam Rozan - Audience Development Manager, Oakland Museum of California: Adam is responsible for the Museum’s contemporary adult engagement programming and audience development. Previously, he has worked with Harvard Art Museums, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, Boston Children’s Museum, and the Boston Museum of Science. His expertise is in contemporary adult engagement through social media, innovative programming, and in gallery/exhibition exploration. Rozan has chaired sessions and spoken on panels at American Associations of Museums’ Annual Meeting 2009 and 2010 and many other major US museum conferences and events. He has featured in national media like The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. Adam holds a Masters of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University Extension School. 

Further speakers to be announced soon...

Museum Ideas 2012 Conference Chair and Facilitator

Ben Gammon - museum consultant and ex-Head of Learning and Audience Development, Science Museum, London: With 18 years experience in museums and the wider informal learning sector, Ben runs training courses; conduct front-end, formative and summative evaluation; and provides advice on audience development, strategic planning and exhibition interpretation. Since leaving the Science Museum, he has worked with a wide range of clients including: British Museum, Tate Modern, and the V&A. Ben is a Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College London and holds a First from University College London and a DPhil from Oxford University. 

Museum Ideas 2012 Conference Organiser

Gregory Chamberlain, Publisher, Museum/iD: Gregory co-founded Museum/iD 4 years ago with a commitment to publish and share the best in contemporary museum thinking. Since then he has organised over 30 seminars and study days, published 11 issues of Museum/iD magazine and has just edited Museum Ideas (Vol.01) - a 470+ page book of collected essays with contributions from over 50 leading museum professionals. Previous books include The Radical Museum: democracy, dialogue and debate and Museums and Meaning: idiosyncrasy, individuality and identity.

Museum Ideas 2012 Sponsors:

Antenna International • Beck • Cogapp • Electrosonic • ISO • MET Studio • Meyvaert


Leading companies supporting the sharing of ideas in the museum community:

Antenna International
Beck Interiors
MET Studio


Event Partner: Museum of London
We're delighted to be working with Museum of London as our event partner for Museum Ideas 2012. The Museum of London tells the story of one of the world’s greatest cities and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe. The Museum entered a new era with the launch of their £20million Galleries of Modern London in May 2010.

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MoL Docklands

Venue: Museum of London Docklands
Museum Ideas 2012 will take place at Museum of London Docklands which displays the Port and River collection and explores the story of London’s river, port and people from Roman settlement, through to the recent regeneration of Docklands.

Museum of London Docklands - West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL
The Museum entrance is two minutes walk from West India Quay (see map below).

Museum of London Docklands

Getting there:
By Docklands Light Railway: West India Quay
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135
By River: Thames Clippers - 10-15 minute journey on a Thames Clipper riverboat from Bankside or Maritime Greenwich Pier to Canary Wharf Pier. Call 0870 781 5049 for times.

MoL Docklands Map


 Delegate feedback from Museum/iD events:
"It was a most useful day. Carefully thought through and tightly focused. The speakers were judiciously chosen and it had a lively pace but with time for questions. It delivered everything you promised"
Nigel Semmens, Director of Communications & Media, The National Gallery, London
"I found the day inspiring and useful. Myself and colleagues are benefitting greatly. The positioning of these events is spot on in terms of progression for the sector"
Anna Salaman, Head of Formal Learning, National Maritime Museum
"I very much enjoyed the seminar. I loved the practical advice rooted in experience. Engaging speakers - particularly helpful to hear about potential pitfalls too – they were open and frank...very refreshing"
Lynette Burgess, Learning Manager, Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service
"...I thought the seminar was excellent, very useful indeed. I think your more imaginative approach is great for professional development"
Andrea Bishop, Director of Collections, National Motor Museum

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