Museum Ideas 2017, London: 3 days, 33 speakers, 8 workshops, 2 seminars and global conference

Museum Ideas 2017, 3-5 October, London - 3 days, 33 speakers, 8 workshops, 2 seminars and international conference

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Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums. Speakers from Asia, Africa, South America, North America, Australia and Europe will be sharing pioneering ideas about digital, collections, audiences and social impact.

The 3-day event features 33 speakers from 5 continents contributing to 8 workshops, 2 seminars and the main international conference. Join hundreds of museum colleagues from over 20 countries! 

Register for Museum Ideas 2017 for a packed schedule of essential talks, valuable workshops and the opportunity to make exciting new connections. With fresh insights you can take directly back to your team, the conference will add tremendous value to your current work and is an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next.

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“Clever, delightful and thought provoking. Great collection of people thinking innovatively and with passion” 
- Helen Divjak, London Transport Museum

Each year Museum Ideas brings together a group of fascinating speakers and challenges them to share innovative ideas in concise, powerful talks. The aim is for delegates to be inspired by perspectives outside their own specialism and locality. What unites the conference is the quality and enthusiasm of contributors along with their desire to share valuable expertise and experience.

Speakers this year include:

• Bonita Bennett, Director, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa 
• Whitney Donhauser, Director and President, Museum of the City of New York
• Jonas Heide Smith, Head of Digital, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen
• Christian Díaz, coordinator of HABEMUS//, Argentina
• Winnie Lai, Assistant Curator, Learning and Interpretation, M+ Museum, Hong Kong
• Adam Rozan, Director of Audience Engagement, Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts
• Kat Medill, Audience Experience Coordinator, ASU Art Museum, Arizona
• Anaïs Aguerre, Head of International Initiatives, Victoria & Albert Museum
• Joanna Salter, Senior Manager - Participation, National Maritime Museum
• Sarah Green, Learning & Interpretation Manager, V&A Gallery, Shekou, China
• Sara Wajid, Head of Interpretation, Birmingham Museums Trust
• Rosie Stanbury, Head of Live Programmes, Wellcome Collection, London
• Tonya Nelson, Head of University College London Museums and Collections
• Adele Patrick, Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women's Library
• Russell Dornan, Digital Producer, V&A Museum of Design, Dundee
• Caryn Boehm, Creative Engagement Producer, Peabody Essex Museum,US 
• Ros Croker, Endeavour Learning Project Manager, National Maritime Museum 
• Catherine O'Donnell, Engagement Officer, People's History Museum
• Andrew Lewis, Data and Insights Architect, Natural History Museum 
• Jess Turtle and Matt Turtle, co-founders of the Museum of Homelessness
• Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums, and founder, Happy Museum Project
• Adam Corsini, Archaeology Collections Manager, Museum of London
• Sharna Jackson, curator working across digital, arts and entertainment

“Museum Ideas is the place to be inspired, renewed and enthused by great ideas!” 
- Theresa Nicolson, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Hosted by the Museum of London, Museum Ideas 2017 takes place over 3 days in early October. The main one-day conference is on Thursday 5 October and is designed so it can be attended as a standalone event. In addition to the main conference there are special pre-conference seminars and workshops on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October, including:

Digital Engagement: Participation, Risk Taking and Experimentation
In this special pre-conference seminar you will explore how social media and interactive online activity that embraces unpredictability and improvisation can produce a fresh examples of audience engagement

Museum Activism: Claiming Space and Making Change
The word activism is becoming increasingly prominent in museums. In this pre-conference seminar you will explore examples of activism and discover why risk taking and radical inclusion are crucial for the future of museums

Digital Strategy for Museums Workshop: An Elegant Route To A Better Result
Delegates will come away from this workshop with a range of case studies, a wealth of practical ideas and a simple but effective digital strategy canvas specifically designed for museums

New Thinking For New Museums: New Museum Models for the 21st Century
Why do we create museums, what are they for, and what different forms might they take in the 21st century? This workshop explores how can we think differently and create not just new museum buildings but new museum models

All In Means All In Workshop: Democratising the Museum Environment
Through a series of participatory design challenges, this workshop will challenge you to explore the practical application of universal design principles within the exhibition environment

Hands On Content Development: Script, Build and Test a Multimedia Tour
In this practical hands-on workshop you will consider case studies and best practice guidelines for writing and project managing multimedia tours, and have the opportunity to script, build and test a multimedia stop for a tour

Mobile Applications Workshop: Engaging Visitors with Immersive Experiences
In this workshop you will learn how to engage visitors through thoughtful audio guides and augmented reality and leave inspired by what can be achieved by the latest technology

Riding the Tiger Workshop: Lessons from the Chinese Museum Exhibition Design Industry
The unique insights in this workshop will aim to bridge the gaps between exhibition design in the UK and China. Discover the extraordinary differences of scale between UK and Chinese museum projects and how the Chinese public visits museums and what they are looking for

Museum Podcasting: How to Share Your Story and Reach New Audiences
In this workshop you will learn about podcasting’s unusually attentive, responsive and loyal audience - and how creative audio storytelling can connect you to them, while deepening your relationship with existing museum visitors

Further workshops will be announced soon. Access to these pre-conference workshops and seminars is free for conference delegates but space is more limited. Conference delegates should reserve seats at the free workshops and seminars they would like to take part in as soon as possible - places will be allocated on a first-respond, first-reserved basis.  

The main Museum Ideas conference takes place on Thursday 5 October. The conference starts at 9am with the first speaker at 9.30am. The event closes at 5pm followed by drinks at the nearby London Wall Bar & Kitchen. Your ticket includes access to all conference sessions, lunch and refreshments on the day, opportunity to take part in the free pre-conference workshops and events, printed conference guide, delegate bag and a free 12-month subscription to Museum-iD magazine.

Refreshments on the main conference day include coffee, tea and pastries on arrival; mid-morning coffee, tea and biscuits; buffet lunch plus juice, coffee and tea; and mid-afternoon coffee, tea and cake. 

Speakers at previous Museum Ideas conferences include: Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Silvia Filippini-Fantoni, Director of Interpretation, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Robert Stein, Deputy Director, Dallas Museum of Art; Kaywin Feldman, Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Mike Sarna, ‎Director, Collections and Public Engagement, Royal Museums Greenwich; Rose Hiscock, Director, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney; Synthia Griffin - Curator: Regeneration & Community Partnerships, Tate Modern; 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; Kirsten Jensen, Audience Development Manager, Trapholt Museum, Denmark; JiaJia Fei, Director of Digital, Jewish Museum, New York; Ken Arnold, Creative Director, Medical Museion, Copenhagen; Gravity Goldberg, Associate Director of Public Programs, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco; Dan Hicks, Professor of Archaeology, University of Oxford; Jane Burton, Head of Content and Creative Director, Tate Media


Museum Ideas 2017 is sponsored by:
Absolute Museum & Gallery Products, Acoustiguide, ARTEX Museum Services, Ay-Pe, BECK Interiors, Chalk & Blade, Cogapp, Cultural Innovations, Extensis, Haley Sharpe Design, Imagemakers, Imagineear, Locatify, Meyvaert Glass Engineering, Paragon Creative, Squint / Opera, Vernon Systems