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Museum Ideas 2014 International Conference - Museums in the Era of Participatory Culture

Museum Ideas attracts the world's most fascinating museum innovators and challenges them to share transformative ideas in concise, powerful talks.

Join hundreds of museum colleagues from around the world to share the latest insights globally. Museum Ideas attracts a truly international crowd - with a global mix of participants from 24 countries taking part this year - including the US, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Iceland, Spain, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden and China. 

Hosted by event partner the Museum of London on 2 October, this leading international conference presents a valuable opportunity for professional inquiry and development with a packed schedule of progressive sessions from leading thinkers in the global museum community.

Discover the latest groundbreaking ideas about participatory practice, leading-edge digital initiatives, innovative storytelling, interpretation and exhibition design, progressive public engagement, inventive and inclusive programming - plus pioneering new thinking for collections, leadership and the future of museums.

BOOK YOUR TICKET: Museum Ideas 2014 is now sold out - there are just a couple of tickets available due to a 2 delegates being unable to make it on the day. Book your ticket today online via PayPal - or email info@museum-id.com to be invoiced for your place.   

With fresh insights you can take directly back to your team, the event will add tremendous value to your current work - and more importantly is an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next. Speakers this year include:

Sree Sreenivasan, commentator, technology journalist and digital media professor - Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, United States

Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, curator and collections specialist - Head of Collections at the Science Museum, London, UK - and board member, Collections Trust

Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, interpretation expert, technologist and lecturer - Director of Interpretation, Media and Evaluation at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, United States

Hannah Fox, creative, designer, project manager and photographer - Project Director for the Re:Make the Museum programme at Derby's Silk Mill, Derby Museums Trust, UK 

Pille Runnel, writer, curator, editor and academic researcher - Research Director at the Estonian National Museum and Director, World Film Festival

Kirsten Jensen, Audience Development Manager and Head of Learning at the Trapholt Museum of Modern Art, Design and Architecture in Kolding, Denmark

Anna Salaman, education specialist and Head of Formal Learning at the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, London, UK - previously at London Transport Museum and Brighton Museums Service

Joanna Salter, project manager, artist and lifelong learning teacher - Digital Participation Officer for Royal Museums Greenwich, London, UK - previously worked on online projects for the V&A

Alexandra Johnson, Exhibition Development Manager, Science Museum, London, UK - project leader for the Climate Change programme of exhibitions, events and installations

Catherine O'Donnell, Catherine O’Donnell is the Play Your Part Engagement and Events Officer at People’s History in Manchester, UK - Council Member of engage, the National Association for Gallery Education 

Jake Barton, designer and storyteller. Principal and founder of Local Projects - media design for 9/11 Memorial Museum, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the groundbreaking Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Find out more about some of the outstanding speakers contributing to Museum Ideas 2014.

Register today for Museum Ideas 2014 and here's what to expect: 

• International speaker line-up and delegate mix 
• Innovative approach to professional inquiry  
• Packed schedule with powerful and progressive sessions
• First-rate conference facilities - in a museum!
• Low delegate rate includes all sessions, refreshments, lunch and high-speed wifi
• Opportunity to make valuable new connections

The speakers at Museum Ideas 2014 will surprise and inspire. There are no breakout groups or different streams at Museum Ideas 2014. We want everyone to share the same experience - and to actively learn from - and be inspired by - different perspectives outside their specialism and locality. Museum Ideas 2014 acts as an innovation lab interested in promoting interdisciplinarity and analogical thinking to help create new insights and possibilities. What unites the event is the quality and enthusiasm of the contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience. 

Museum Ideas Tweets:

‏@mlopezARTz Don't miss #MuseumIdeas 2014 in London hosted by @MuseumID - Meet movers & shakers from around the globe. Be inspired!

@rjstein So wish I was going to the #MuseumIdeas gathering this year. Looks like a great lineup of folks - friends old and new 

‏@ljunkin #museum folks, are you headed to #MuseumIdeas this year? Topic and line-up look fab. I recommend it!

‏@francescatime Check out Museum Ideas conf in London. As a past presenter, I know they pull together great topics

‏@MikeSarna Amazing international line-up #MuseumIdeas event! Looking forward to it!

@tonybutler1 Best conference I've been to in ages - to the barricades! #MuseumIdeas

‏@iainawatson Thanks to organisers and speakers for a great conference. Despite early start feel refreshed! #MuseumIdeas

‏@francescatime In London for #MuseumIdeas conference. Thanks Greg and team for pulling it together. Kudos

@OxfordASPIRE Round up of our fantastic day at #MuseumIdeas - thanks @MuseumID http://t.co/OG38r2Nai0

@MikeSarna Well done you for organising such a wonderful day @MuseumID. My brain hurts btw.

"It was a most useful day. Carefully thought through and tightly focused. The speakers were judiciously chosen and it had a lively pace. I cannot fault it – it delivered everything you promised"
Nigel Semmens, National Gallery, London

"I thought the day was extremely well planned and thought provoking. I'm so pleased to have had the opportunity to attend, and I would highly recommend future events to my colleagues"
Sylvia Cox, Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service

"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 museums sector"
Anna Salaman, National Maritime Museum

Museum Ideas Digital Archive: We worked with Endless and StoryStream to collect and curate the tweets, images and essence of the event to create a fascinating digital archive of last year's conference: Watch the Museum Ideas 2013 StoryStream

Can't make the conference in London this year? No problem - buy the Museum Innovation Handbook instead with 487 pages of groundbreaking ideas!

We're working with outstanding partners to bring you the Museum Ideas 2014 conference. We'd like to thank Absolute Museum & Gallery Products Ltd / Antenna International / Cogapp / Electrosonic / Haley Sharpe Design / Studio Adeline Rispal / Service Graphics for supporting the sharing of ideas within the global museum community. Find out more about them. For the third year running we've teamed up with event partner Museum of London. Find out more about our fantastic venue with first-rate conference facilities. 

Image credit: Cleveland Museum of Art / Local Projects

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So, what makes Museum Ideas 2014 different?
There are loads of excellent museum conferences out there, so what makes Museum Ideas 2014 so different? Here are 3 reasons:

1. Diversity: Most other museum conferences tend to focus on specific topics - like digital, marketing or collections - and are organised by groups wholly concerned in those areas. We think that's great but Museum Ideas 2014 takes a different approach. It's a truly multidisciplinary event interested in the cross-fertilisation of transformative ideas in museums globally. Uniquely, the central idea of the event is for delegates to learn from - and be inspired by - different perspectives outside their specialism and locality.

All are welcome and equally valued at Museum Ideas 2014. Curators, collections specialists, conservation staff, audience development professionals, educators, digital pioneers, exhibition designers and developers, leaders and directors - we actively want a diverse and representative range of museum professionals participating in the event.

2. Independence: Museum-iD is the centre of an informal global network of like-minded museum peers interested in a more open and accessible approach to professional inquiry. So, we don't insist you have to pay to become a member before you can get a cheaper ticket, and you won't feel out of place just because you aren't part of a special interest group. We're not part of the museum establishment, and nor are we a commercial firm interested in selling you other services. All our focus is dedicated to sharing innovative museum ideas.      

Museum Ideas 2014 celebrates the variety found within the museum community with presentations and debates on a wide range of subjects and issues. What unites the event is the quality and enthusiasm of the contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.

3. Accessibility: We know you're busy, your time is valuable and that budgets are often stretched. You want to be inspired, informed and entertained - and you need it to be affordable and timely. So, with all that in mind, our conference takes place over one intensive and transformative day. With a host of innovation insights you can take directly back to your team, Museum Ideas 2014 will add tremendous value to your current work - and more importantly is an investment in the future and what you do next.

The main Museum Ideas conference always takes place in London. With extensive transport links for both UK-based and international delegates we hope you'll find it easy to get to us. Plus we hold the conference in a place you love - a museum! So, there's no need to spend your time in a convention centre - rather you can spend the day surrounded by outstanding objects and remarkable stories. 

Finally, we work really hard to keep our ticket prices low. Many museum conferences will now cost you between £300 - £500 to attend. We think that's too much. With our early-bird discount you can reserve your Museum Ideas 2014 ticket for just £177. Plus if you're a student, emerging professional or work in an independent museum, tickets are available from just £137.

So, register today for Museum Ideas 2014 - here's what to expect: 

• International speaker line-up and delegate mix 
• Innovative approach to professional inquiry 
• Packed schedule with powerful and progressive sessions
• First-rate conference facilities - in a museum!
• Low delegate rate includes all sessions, refreshments, lunch and high-speed wifi
• Opportunity to make valuable new connections 

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