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Museum Ideas 2015 International Conference: Museums Re-imagined in the Era of Participatory Culture

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

"Museum Ideas is the place to be inspired, renewed and come away enthused and ready to steal lots of great ideas!"
- Theresa Nicolson, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

TRANSFORMATIVE IDEAS, INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES

Join hundreds of museum colleagues from around the world to share the latest ideas and insights globally. Museum Ideas attracts a truly international crowd – the 2014 conference attracted a global mix of delegates from 24 countries, including the US, Japan, Mexico, Korea, Iceland, Spain, Germany, Norway, France, Sweden and China.

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- Image credit: Museum Hack, NYC. Nick Gray (second from left), Founder & CEO of Museum Hack, spoke at Museum Ideas 2014.

Hosted by event partner the Museum of London on Thursday 1st 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. You can also look forward to a brilliant pre-conference drinks event (including exclusive museum tours) and a not to be missed after party

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.

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.

"Clever, delightful and thought provoking. Great collection of people thinking innovatively and with passion"
- Helen Divjak, National Army Museum

FASCINATING SPEAKERS

Each year Museum Ideas attracts the world's leading museum innovators and is often the first UK based event to see people like Sree Sreenivasan, Jake Barton, Jennifer Scott, Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Michelle López, Lisa Junkin, Francesca Rosenberg and Nick Gray.

Speakers this year include Kaywin Feldman, Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and current board chair of the American Alliance of Museums; Rose Hiscock is Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney; Victoria Suzman, Project Cataloguer at the British Museum; Synthia Griffin, Curator of Community and Regeneration Programmes at Tate Modern, Daryl Karp, Director of the Museum of Australian Democracy; and Peter Higgin, Enrichment Director at the ground-breaking theatre company Punchdrunk. Further speakers will be announced soon.

Kaywin Feldman, Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and current board chair of the American Alliance of Museums. Feldman oversees the Minneapolis Institute of Arts staff of 250, its collection of some 87,000 objects, its 473,000-square- foot facility, and an annual operating budget of $30 million. Kaywin is also the current board chair of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). During her tenure, Kaywin has overseen a series of innovative curatorial projects and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has strengthened its international presence with ambitious special exhibitions. Kaywin has also led the creation of a contemporary art department, the reinstallation and reconception of the museum’s African art galleries and the launching of innovative programming such as the Sound.Art.MIA concert series.

Rose Hiscock, Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney - encompassing the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney Observatory and Discovery Centre at Castle Hill. Rose’s career has focused on building audiences and experiences within the cultural sector. Prior to joining the Powerhouse Rose was Executive Director, Arts Development at the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body. In this role she was responsible for building Australian arts, nationally and internationally. She was integrally involved in the development of the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Rose’s career includes significant experience at Museum Victoria where she was responsible for commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s highly successful venues. Rose’s interest in museums started as a child growing up in Ballarat where her father was the Director of Sovereign Hill. Rose is committed to building a vibrant and accessible arts sector. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre, Australia’s highly successful company with a full-time ensemble of actors considered to have an intellectual disability, and Chunky Move, one of Australia’s premier dance companies. 

Peter Higgin – Enrichment Director, Punchdrunk. Punchdrunk has an international reputation as a ground-breaking theatre company, creating award-winning, immersive theatrical experiences. Punchdrunk Enrichment create performances with and for children, young people and the wider community. Peter is a founding member of Punchdrunk, working with the company throughout their current history and has been involved in all major UK productions. Since 2008 he has worked to develop the company’s Enrichment programme and now manages the department creatively and executively; overseeing the creation and delivery of many education and outreach projects. He strongly believes in the transformative power of engagement with the company’s practice. 

Synthia Griffin - Curator: Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern. Synthia is responsible for co-coordinating the Regeneration and Community Partnership work on community involvement and regeneration issues and leads on the delivery of all projects. These have involved working with the communities and in the neighbourhood surrounding the gallery on a series of programmes involving contemporary artists. She joined Tate in 2005 and was initially responsible for programming and delivering innovative projects and events for families and communities in the learning team at Tate before becoming the Curator: Regeneration & Community Partnerships in 2007. She originally studied Fine Art with a particular interest in participatory practice and has previously worked for a wide range of organisations including a local authority on the delivery of a large public art project which involved contemporary artists exploring meanings and connections to the landscape. 

Victoria Suzman - Project Cataloguer, African Rock Art Image Project, The British Museum. After graduating from the University of Edinburgh with an MA in Archaeology and Social Anthropology, Victoria worked at the British Museum cataloguing the Africa collections as part of a mass-digitisation project, before spending four years as Projects Coordinator at FilmAid, an international non-profit providing film and digital media training, production and dissemination in refugee and other communities worldwide. Victoria returned to the British Museum in 2013

"I found the day inspiring and useful. Myself and colleagues are benefitting greatly. The positioning of this event is spot on in terms of progression for the museums sector"
- Anna Salaman, National Maritime Museum

Each year Museum Ideas attracts the world's leading museum innovators. Now in its fourth year, past speakers at the conference include:

• Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
• Jake Barton, designer and storyteller (9/11 Memorial Museum, Cooper-Hewitt)
• Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Director of Interpretation, Indianapolis Museum of Art
• Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art
• Nick Gray, Founder & CEO, Museum Hack, NYC
• 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
• Hadrian Ellory-van Dekker, Head of Collections, Science Museum, London
• Peter Gorgels, Digital Communication Manager, Rijksmuseum
• Pille Runnel, Research Director, Estonian National Museum
• Patrick Greene, CEO, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
• Robin Dowden, Director, New Media Initiatives, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
• Mike Sarna, ‎Director, Programming and Exhibitions, Royal Museums Greenwich
• Tim Corum, Deputy Head, Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives
• Martha Henson, Producer: Interactive Media, Tate
• Richard Benjamin, Director, International Slavery Museum
• 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
• 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
• Kirsten Jensen, Audience Development Manager, Trapholt Museum, Denmark
• Anna Salaman, Head of Formal Learning, National Maritime Museum, London
• Alexandra Johnson, Exhibition Development Manager, Science Museum, London

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 wifi
• Opportunity to make valuable new connections
• Pre-conference drinks and after party 

The speakers at Museum Ideas 2015 will surprise and inspire. There are no breakout groups or different streams at Museum Ideas 2015. 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 2015 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.

Book your ticket online using PayPal or email info@museum-id.com to be invoiced. Discounts are available for multiple tickets purchased at the same time. Conference tickets are non-refundable but delegate places may be transferred between colleagues at the same organisation. 

FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

You can check out all the tweets, images, videos, blogs and slides from the Museum Ideas 2014 conference here: http://eventifier.com/event/MuseumIdeas/

Delegate feedback from the 2014 conference was fantastic, overall 100% rated the conference good to excellent, with over 90% saying excellent.

Comments included: "Inspirational speakers, fantastic global networking", "Really thought-provoking and interesting, lots of ideas to take back to share with my colleagues", "Essential event to witness innovations in museums and meet forward thinking people from around the world", "Intense, inspiring and thought-provoking day", "Wonderful to learn about all the super ideas taking place in museums - a great forward looking conference", "A very stimulating day with a brilliant range of speakers. Excellent!" and "If you have to go to just one conference about museums a year, choose this one!"

The #MuseumIdeas hashtag reached 2.5 million on Twitter with nearly 9 million timeline deliveries. Here is the full hashtracking report: https://www.hashtracking.com/reports/sree2/museumideas/3JE4r125

"Museum Ideas is a place to be inspired, renewed and come away enthused and ready to steal lots of great ideas!"
Theresa Nicolson, Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford

"Inspirational conference with enthusasitic speakers and audience - so refreshing to learn in such a relaxed atmosphere"
Laura Kugel, London School of Economics

"Clever, delightful and thought provoking. Great collection of people thinking innovatively and with passion"
Helen Divjak, National Army Museum

"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 this event is spot on in terms of progression for the museums sector"
Anna Salaman, National Maritime Museum

CONFERENCE SPONSORS

Antenna International - Connecting the world to culture: World leaders in thier field, Antenna International create handheld audio, multimedia and virtual tours that help museums, historic and cultural sites and tourist attractions shape and enrich their visitors’ experiences. Rather than simply delivering information, they tell stories. They interpret art and artefacts. They recreate historical events and sights. They create perspectives, insights and connections. They provide understanding. And for over 60 million visitors every year, at 1,200 cultural sites and institutions around the world from the Louvre to Alcatraz, they turn visits into engaging, fascinating, unforgettable experiences.

Meyvaert Showcases - Meyvaert is one of the world's leading manufacturers of museum display cases. They have completed more than 1000 projects in prestigious locations around the world and continues to earn international recognition. They partner with museum directors, curators, conservation staff, architects, exhibition designers and building contractors to provide innovative museum displays and exhibitions solutions.

TWEETS

@MaryVrabecz: So very pleased with the #museumideas conference. So many fantastic speakers and great ideas! What a great community

@CFallgren Brilliant inspiration with fantastic speakers today! #digitalinnovation #creative #MuseumIdeas

@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. 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

WHAT MAKES MUSEUMS IDEAS DIFFERENT?

There are lots of brilliant conferences out there for museum professionals, so what makes Museum Ideas 2015 so different? Here are 4 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 2015 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 2015. 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 standard 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 2015 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 2015 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.

4. 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 a lot! With our early-bird discount you can reserve your Museum Ideas 2015 ticket for just £147. If you're a student, emerging professional or work in an independent museum, tickets are available from just £127.

So, register today for Museum Ideas 2015 - 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
• Pre-conference drinks and after party 

#MuseumIdeas