Museum Ideas 2013: original thinking from international museum innovators


Museum of LondonHosted by Museum of London | Thursday 3rd October

Museum Ideas 2013 will bring together hundreds of leading museum innovators from around the world to share the latest insights and developments globally

Over 200 delegates from 20 countries are taking part in Museum Ideas 2013. Discover the latest ideas about digital innovation, public engagement, exhibition development, integrated visitor experiences and new thinking for the participatory museum.

Museum Ideas 2013 presents a valuable opportunity for professional inquiry and development with a packed schedule of progressive sessions from leading thinkers in the global museum community. Register for this essential one-day international conference and benefit from a powerful programme of new ideas shared by leading museum innovators. 

Share the latest theory and practice with delegates from 20 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Scotland, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UAE, United States, Wales

How to Register
Reserve your place today online – it’s easy and secure booking by card via Google Checkout for special discounted rates (using the ticket at the top of this page). Alternatively, please email to be invoiced.

Conference sessions include:

New Adventures in Participatory Digital Culture: Find out how a winning combination of open data and intuitive design can build your global audience | The Enterprising Museum: How to transform your museum ready to face the challenges of the future and why digital will be central to your success | Leadership in the Networked Museum: How to reshape your museum to set free creativity and benefit from gains in collaboration and productivity | Collecting the Contemporary: Explore the curatorial intentions and methodologies that drive pioneering new ways of collecting and exhibiting | New Models of Online Publication: Discover leading edge ways of publishing your collections in today's hybrid media environment | Augmented Reality: Beyond the Hype: The role of AR in museum interpretation and why it has the potential to create engaging and meaningful experiences for visitors | Community Participation and Inviting Institutions: How to design inclusive programming to transform communities through collaboration and invited encounters | The Museum Vortex: Contesting pasts, constructing futures: Exploring the role of collections, programming and exhibitions to promote social justice and human rights

Museum Ideas 2013 Speakers include:


• Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
• Robin Dowden, Director, New Media Initiatives, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
• Charlotte Sexton, Head of Digital Media, The National Gallery
• Tim Corum, Deputy Head, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
• Martha Henson, Producer: Interactive Media, Tate 
• Richard Benjamin, Director, International Slavery Museum
• Peter Gorgels, Digital Communication Manager, Rijksmuseum
• Ligaya Salazar, Curator of Contemporary Programmes, Victoria and Albert Museum
• Cathy Ross, Director of Collections and Learning, Museum of London
• Michelle López, ArtAccess & Autism Initiatives, Queens Museum of Art, NYC
• Shelley Mannion, Digital Learning Programmes Manager, British Museum

Museums at Museum Ideas 2013

Further speakers to be announced soon...

Museum of LondonEvent Partner: Museum of London
We're delighted to be working with Museum of London as our event partner for Museum Ideas 2013. The Museum of London is located in the square mile and charts the history of one of the world’s greatest, most influential and most cosmopolitan cities. 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 of London entered a new era with the launch of their £20million Galleries of Modern London in May 2010.


Museum Ideas 2013 Speakers:


PatrickGreen_MuseumVictoria.jpgJ. Patrick Greene OBE, PhD, is an archaeologist and a museum director. Greene was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Museum Victoria in Australia in August 2002.  Under his leadership Museum Victoria has become the largest and most-visited museum organisation in Australia. Melbourne Museum was declared the best major tourist attraction in the 2012 Australian Tourism Awards and in 2011 Greene was named Australian CEO of the Year by the Australian Human Resources Institute. Patrick Greene is Chair of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors, Chair of the National Cultural Heritage Committee, and is a past President of the Museums Association (UK) and past Chairman of the European Museum Forum.

RobinDowden_Walker.jpgRobin Dowden is director of new media initiatives and chair of the audience engagement and communications team at the Walker Art Center. Together with her department, she is responsible for developing the Center’s use of interactive and emerging technologies including multimedia computer applications, telephony-based audio-information resources, the Walker’s Web site, and projects to create digital resources. Prior to joining the Walker, Dowden was the Collections Systems and Web Site Manager at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C


CharlotteSexton_NG.jpgCharlotte Sexton is Head of Digital Media at the National Gallery, London and is responsible designing digital experiences to engage physical and online audiences with its world-class collection. She has successfully developed the National Gallery’s Digital Engagement Strategy and has transformed the way the Gallery thinks about digital and the central role it plays in delivering strategic objectives. She is highly skilled in her field and has more than 15 years experience of managing digital projects for mobile, online and in-gallery consumption - many of these are widely recognized, award-wining initiatives. Charlotte is also Vice-President of the Museum Computer Network (MCN) and has been a Visiting Professor lecturing in digital media and strategy.

Gamynne_BMA.jpgGamynne Guillotte
is the Manager of Interpretation at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she is responsible for realizing interpretive spaces, resources, and activities. Recent projects include two rotating education galleries in the newly reopened contemporary wing and BMA Go Mobile, the web-based mobile art guide for the contemporary collection. Guillotte comes to the BMA from Narduli Studio, an interdisciplinary design practice where she was a designer and project manager, and from the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, where she developed community outreach initiatives and public programs.


RichardBenjamin_ISM.jpgRichard Benjamin, PhD, heads the International Slavery Museum team at National Museums Liverpool. He is responsible for the strategic development of the Museum, including the forthcoming state-of-the-art ISM education and resource centre; partnership work and research. Richard supervises the day-to-day running of the world class display galleries including the acquisition of museum objects and collections. Richard completed an MA and PhD in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool and was a Visiting Research scholar at Harvard University. He was appointed as the head of the International Slavery Museum in 2006.

PeterGorgels_Rijksmuseum.jpgPeter Gorgels works at the Rijksmuseum, Holland, as manager of digital communication, including the corporate website, the online collection and Rijksstudio. Since 2002 he has worked on a number of award-winning projects for the Rijksmuseum. He is involved as advisor or project manager in practically every digital project like the multimeda tour app and the museum’s social media present. In 2011 he wrote the E-strategy of the Rijksmuseum. He is always looking for innovative ways to improve the interaction of the audience with the masterpieces of the Rijksmuseum.

CathyRoss_MoL.jpgCathy Ross
has been Director of Collections and Learning at the Museum of London since 2009. She comes from a curatorial background, having worked for many years as Head of Later London History at the Museum of London. Previous to that she worked in museums in South Yorkshire and Newcastle, where she was Head of History at Tyne & Wear Museums. Whilst at Newcastle, she completed her PhD. Cathy was chief curator for the Museum of London’s new ‘Galleries of Modern London’, opened in 2010. Cathy is active within the UK museums profession and has taught on a number of museum studies programmes, including MA courses at the University of Newcastle, University of Manchester and University College London. 

MichelleLopez_QMA.jpgMichelle López is Manager of ArtAccess & Autism Initiatives at the Queens Museum of Art in New York where she heads up multiple programs; including the new Autism Initiatives - a multi-year partnership with the Queens Library. The autism project reaches out to families affected by autism and provides them with access to bilingual studio art classes held at various Queens Library branches. The grant that helps make this program possible also contributes to the professional development of Queens Library and Queens Museum of Art staff on autism and the needs of visitors with autism and their families. Michelle also works on creating accessible museum programming. Michelle holds a degree in Communication Arts and an MA in Creative Arts Therapy.

ShellyMannion_BM.jpgShelley Mannion is Digital Learning Programmes Manager at the British Museum. She manages the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and its digital learning programs aimed at families and young audiences. Before joining the British Museum, she led a Steve-based community tagging project with young Tibetans for the Rubin Museum of Art. Among the first graduates of the TEC-CH program in technology and communication for cultural institutions at the University of Lugano. Shelley has worked as a Web designer, software developer, multimedia producer and project manager for corporate and non-profit clients in 11 countries. She holds a B.A in Art History and Computer Science and an M.S. in Communication for Cultural Heritage.

Further speakers to be announced soon...

Join Fellow Museum Professionals for an Essential One-Day International Conference

Join fellow delegates from a wide range of museum, including: Royal Ontario Museum, Canada; Museum of Nature, Canada; Jewish Museum Berlin, Germany; National Museum of Art, Norway; Arithmeum, Germany; Kunsthal Museum, Rotterdam; Greet Vanderhaegen, Belgium; Flemish Centre for Cultural Heritage Foundation; House of European History, Brussels; Alimentarium, Switzerland;  Natural History Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; National Museum Wales; National Museums Scotland; National Maritime Museum; Science Museum; Imperial War Museum; National Portrait Gallery; Glasgow Museums; Postal Heritage Museum; National Trust; National Media Museum; Tyne & Wear Museums; Weald & Downland Museum; Potteries Museum & Art Gallery; Corinium Museum; York Museum Trust ; Edinburgh Museums Collection Centre; Fitzwilliam Museum; Ashmolean Museum; Design Museum - plus many others

Museum Ideas speaker alumni:

MuseumIdeas 2012 Speakers

• Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art
• Jane Burton, Head of Content and Creative Director, Tate Media
• Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt
• Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community and Access Programs, MoMA
• Sharon Ament, Director, Museum of London
• Jennifer Scott, Vice Director, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn
• Lisa Junkin, Education Coordinator, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago
• Tony Butler, Director, Museum of East Anglian Life
• Lauren Parker, Head of Contemporary Programmes, Victoria & Albert Museum

What to expect from Museum Ideas 2013:

• International speaker line-up of museum leaders based in six countries
• Innovative approach to professional inquiry with productive and informal atmosphere
• Packed schedule with powerful sessions full of valuable new ideas and insights
• First-rate conference facilities from our event partner - the Museum of London
• Low delegate rate includes all sessions, refreshments, lunch and high-speed wifi
• Opportunity to make valuable new connections and enjoy new museum conversations

Museum Ideas 2013 is a multidisciplinary event and provides a platform for the cross-fertilisation of ideas with the opportunity for delegates to learn from different perspectives outside their specialism and locality. The conferences 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 event is the quality of the contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.
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Building on success of Museum Ideas 2012
Museum Ideas 2012 took place at Museum of London Docklands and attracted 130+ delegates from 11 countries. The event included sessions from MoMA; Dallas Museum of Art; Smithsonian-Cooper-Hewitt; Oakland Museum of California; Weeksville, Brooklyn; Hull-House Museum, Chicago – plus leading UK museums.

100% of Museum Ideas 2012 delegates who provided feedback rated the event good to excellent, with most saying excellent. Comments included:

• “Amazing speakers, very inspiring”
• “Wonderful conference, artfully curated”
• “Utterly inspired - really insightful discussion”
• “Loads of great museum ideas generated!”
• “Great conference! It’s been a brain-full day!”
• “Best museum conference I’ve been to in ages”

CCCBRead the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona blog about the 2012 Museum Ideas conference.


Read Mia Ridge's blog about Museum Ideas 2012. Mia is Ex-Lead Web Dev for the Science Museum, a fulltime PhD student working on crowdsourcing the digitisation and geo-location of historical materials, and Chair of the Museums Computer Group.

Building on success of last year, for Museum Ideas 2013 we are moving to the larger Museum of London site. Register today to take part in this year's event.

Museum Ideas 2013 Sponsors
Thank you to these leading companies supporting the sharing of ideas in the global museum community:

Antenna International • Beck Interiors • Cogapp • Conservation by Design • ElectrosonicISO DesignMeyvaert Showcases • Newangle • Service Graphics

Conference Venue: Museum of London
The Museum of London is located in the square mile and charts the history of one of the world’s greatest, most influential and most cosmopolitan cities. The main conference will take place in the Weston Theatre - a purpose built lecture theatre providing first-rate facilities. In addition, the Museum's Clore Centre will be used for break-out sessions, registration, and as an exhibition and refreshment space. All rooms are wheelchair accessible and have WiFi.

Getting there: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
By tube: Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate
By rail: Liverpool Street, City Thameslink, Farringdon
By bus: 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 25, 172, 242, 521
You will find the Museum on London Wall at the junction with Aldersgate Street (see map below)



Lunch and Refreshments
All refreshments and lunch are included in your delegate place. A range of delicious lunch options, made fresh on site, will be available. The coffee is fairly traded, milk is organic and tea is whole leaf. If you have any specific dietary requirements (vegetarian, celiac , allergies, etc.), please let us know so we can ensure the correct lunch options are available to you. Thank you.

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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