Bonita Bennett – Director of the District Six Museum in Cape Town – spoke at Museum Ideas 2017

Museum Ideas 2018, London: International Programme of Change

Key themes include social justice, activism, digital engagement, participatory practice, representation, collaborative working and co-curation. Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums with speakers from India, New Zealand, United States, Sweden, United Arab Emirates, and the UK

London, 2-4 Oct. 3 days of workshops, performances, special events, an exclusive study day at the National Maritime Museum and the essential Museum Ideas international conference at the Museum of London. Book your ticket today

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Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums with an international programme of pioneering speakers, an exclusive study day and the opportunity to make exciting new connections.

“A conference for mind expanding conversations and international
networking with a platform for shared discussions”

– Martin Payne, The British Museum

Conference – Museum of London
Thursday 4 Oct: 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.

NEW SPEAKER: Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan joins Museum Ideas 2018 speaker line-up. Linda created the Excavating The Reno community project in Manchester’s Moss Side. Bringing together archaeologists, artists, social historians and the public, the project explores the story of a soul and funk club that became a sanctuary from racism in the 1970s.

Speakers and workshop leaders this year include:

Museum Ideas 2018 speakers

• Linda Brogan, award-winning playwright and community activist
• Elizabeth Galvin, Leader, Digital Programmes Team, V&A
• Katrina Lashley, Program Coordinator, Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Washington, D.C., United States
• Joyoti Roy, Director of Marketing, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai – India
• Elizabeth Cotton, Head of Human History, Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum, New Zealand
• Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, Learning Officer: Young People, London Transport Museum
• Chris Michaels, Digital Director, National Gallery, London
• Tui Te Hau, Innovation Hub Manager, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
• Coline Cuau, Visitor Insights Manager, The British Museum
• Mike Sarna, Director, Collections and Public Engagement, Royal Museums Greenwich
• Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums
• Sandra Shakespeare, Clore Fellow – Archives Consortium / Museum Detox
• Tony Butler, Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust / Founder, Happy Museum Project (conference chair)

Now in its seventh year, Museum Ideas welcomes hundreds of leading museum professionals from around the world. Delegates from over 20 countries took part last year.

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

Study Day – National Maritime Museum
Wed 3 Oct: Over the past 4 years Royal Museums Greenwich has been undertaking a dynamic journey in the development and delivery of the Endeavour Project. It has been working to facilitate historical, cultural and personal journeys through the collections in the development of four new galleries which will transform the visitor experience and a new collections storage and conservation centre that will be open to the public. The galleries, opening in September 2018 at the National Maritime Museum, have been created to examine how women and men ventured beyond Britain’s shores to explore the ends of the earth in a quest for knowledge, riches, power and adventure from the late fifteenth century onwards. Visitors to the new galleries will not only discover how people and cultures encountered in the past were irrevocably changed by this contact, but also how Britain was and continues to be transformed by this process. By working with communities to unlock the full potential of the museums rich collections, the galleries will inspire and challenge new generations to set sail on their own voyages of imagination and understanding. The individual and collective voyages will highlight hidden histories and demonstrate contemporary relevance. The work has created a sea change in the Museum with new approaches to community research, co-curation, and partnership working in the delivery of interpretation and programmes. This exclusive study day will showcase the process and outcomes of collaborative working and how it impacts on future planning and facilitation of collections access. The day will comprise of a series of gallery tours and talks and the option to visit the new £12 million Conservation and Collections Centre.

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

Workshops – Museum of London
Tues 2 Oct: There will be an extensive programme of pre-conference workshops and events – including an exclusive tour of the London Mithraeum. The Roman Temple of Mithras has been revealed in a unique reconstruction on the site of its original discovery in the heart of the City of London. The immersive temple reconstruction uses carefully directed lights, haze and sound to bring the temple’s remains to life, and to evoke the rituals and activities that took place within its cave-like walls. This memorable reconstruction marks a new direction for the interpretation and presentation of archaeological ruins. The project has taken ten years to complete and has been funded and created by Bloomberg, working closely with the City of London and in consultation with the expert team at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology). The immersive display within the temple was created by an interdisciplinary team led by internationally-recognised design firm Local Projects.

“An inspirational conference! A coming together of museum minds from across the world – gaining insights, sharing ideas and making connections” – Gillian Crumpton, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust

1-3 Day Event
Your ticket gives you access to all 3 days although the study day, workshops and tours have more limited capacity and places will be allocated on a first-reserve, first-booked basis. The main conference is designed so it can be attended as a standalone event. If you are on a tight schedule and can only put one day aside, the conference will deliver plenty of innovative ideas, insights and inspiration. You will be sent the full 3-day programme so you can book on to the events that are most of interest to you.

Book Now – Early-Bird Registration Open
Register now for Museum Ideas 2018 – with fresh insights you can take directly back to your team, the events will add tremendous value to your current work and are an active investment in the future and what you choose to do next. With additional multiple booking discounts, tickets start at £157 for the 3-day event. There are also special reduced rate tickets available for independent museums, start-ups and freelancers – email

Discover more about the speakers, events, venues and more below:

Conference, Workshops and Study Day

Museum Ideas 2018 takes place in London from Tuesday 2 October – Thursday 4 October. The main Museum Ideas international conference takes place on Thursday 4 October in the Weston Theatre and Clore Learning Centre at the Museum of London. Your ticket gives you full access to all the talks at the main conference and the conference is designed so it can be attended as a standalone event. So, if you are on a tight schedule and can only put one day aside, the main conference on Thursday will deliver innovative ideas, insights and inspiration. If you have more time you are invited to take part in 2 days of additional events with an exclusive study day at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on Wednesday 3 October and a host of workshops and special events taking place on Tuesday 2 October.

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