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Museum Ideas 2018, London, 1-5 October. 5 days of workshops, performances, special events, an exclusive ‘Collections and Communities’ study day and the essential Museum Ideas international conference. Early-bird registration now open – tickets for 5 days of events start from just £157.

Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums with pioneering thinking about digital, collections, audiences, participation and social impact. 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.

You can expect an international speaker line-up and audience. Last year we welcomed speakers from South Africa, Argentina, Hong Kong, the US and Europe. This year the conference features speakers from India, New Zealand, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and Europe. Now in its seventh year, Museum Ideas welcomes hundreds of leading museum professionals from around the world. Delegates from over 20 countries took part in the 2017 conference.

Register for Museum Ideas 2018 for a packed schedule of essential talks, valuable workshops and study visits, 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.

“A conference for mind expanding conversations and international networking with a platform for shared discussions” – Martin Payne, The British Museum

Museum Ideas 2018 includes 5 days of events taking place in London from Monday 1 October – Friday 5 October. The main Museum Ideas international conference takes place on Thursday 4 October at the Museum of London and is designed so it can be attended as a standalone event delivering innovative ideas, insights and inspiration. An exclusive ‘Collections and Communities’ study day takes place at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich on Wednesday 3 October. There will also be a range of workshops and tours taking place on the Monday, Tuesday and Friday. These additional events are free to attend for conference delegates but space is more limited and they need to be pre-booked.

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

Conference, Workshops and Study Day

Museum Ideas 2018 is 5-day series of events taking place in London from Monday 1 October – Friday 5 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.

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

If you have more time you can also participate in 4 days of additional events – including workshops, seminars, and a full study day. These are free to attend for conference delegates but space is more limited and these additional events need to be pre-booked. You will be sent the full 4-day programme so you can book on to the events that are most of interest to you.

Museum Ideas 2018 – Schedule of Events:

Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 October – Workshops
Practical Workshops: An extensive range of practical workshops take place on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 in the Garden Room at the Museum of London. We are currently in the process of putting together our 2018 workshop programme. We will send conference delegates full details of workshops as they become available. In the meantime, to give you a better idea of the kind of thing to expect, here are some of the pre-conference workshops and events from last year:

• Leadership in a Digital World: Challenges and Opportunities – Tonya Nelson, UCL Museums and Collections
• Live Stream Tours – Giving Audiences the Remote Control – Jon Sleigh, Birmingham Museums
•  #ArchiveLottery – A Different Digital Engagement – Adam Corsini, Museum of London
•  How We Funnel Our Museums’ Personalities Through Our Own On Social Media – Russell Dornan, V&A Dundee
•  5 Things I’ve Learned Creating Digital Things For Kids – Sharna Jackson, director/writer/curator
•  Claiming Space and Making Change: Activism, Art and Agency –  Adele Patrick, Glasgow Women’s Library
•  Never Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights – Catherine O’Donnell, People’s History Museum, Manchester
•  Our Journey Establishing a Migration Museum for the UK – Emily Miller, Migration Museum Project
•  Activism, Homelessness and a New Kind of Museum – Jess Turtle and Matt Turtle, Museum of Homelessness
• All In Means All In: Democratising the Museum Environment – Bill Haley, Founding Partner, Haley Sharpe Design
• Digital Strategy for Museums: An Elegant Route To A Better Result – Alex Morrison, Founder and Managing Director, Cogapp
• Exploring New Museum Models for the 21st Century – Roger Walshe, Head of Programming, Cultural Innovations
• Building Community Through Storytelling – Nicole Emmenegger and Michael Hall, Historypin
• Museum Podcasting: How to Share Your Story and Reach New Audiences – Laura Sheeter and Ruth Barnes, Chalk & Blade
• Hands On Content Development: Script, Build and Test a Multimedia Tour – Marion McAuley, Lead Creative Editor, Imagineear
• Lessons From the Heart of the Chinese Museum Exhibition Design Industry – Matthew Jones, Lead Consultant China, Imagemakers
• Mobile Applications: Engaging Visitors with Immersive Experiences – Leifur Bjorn Bjornsson, Chief Technology Officer, Locatify

Wednesday 4 October – Study Day
‘Collections and Communities’ Study Day: On Wednesday 4 October there is an exclusive ‘Collections and Communities’ Study Day at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, including sessions on ‘Working with Communities’ and ‘Transformational Change’ and special study tours of four new galleries and their new £12 million Conservation and Collections Centre. Over the past 4 years the 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 new collections storage and conservation centre that will be open to the public. The galleries, opening in September 2018 at the National Maritime Museum; Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, Polar Worlds, Pacific Encounters and Sea Things 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 Endeavour Project has created a sea change in the Museum – the journey has been a collaboration of staff, communities and designers. The outcomes include new approaches to community research, co-curation with the revised collection management processes needed and partnership working in the delivery of interpretation and programmes. This exclusive study day will showcase the process and outcomes of collaborative working and demonstrate how the legacy of the Museums own ‘voyage of exploration’ will impact on its future planning and facilitation of collections access. The day will comprise of a series of gallery tours and talks with an option for a group visit to the new Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre to view the new museum storage facility, learning and research spaces and conservation studios. The Endeavour Project is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Thursday 5 October – Conference
Museum Ideas 2018 International Conference: Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums. Each year Museum Ideas brings together a group of fascinating international 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:

• Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Curator & Education Specialist, Washington, D.C.
• Kevin Bickham, Lead Interaction Designer, The British Museum
• Joyoti Roy, Director of Marketing, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai
• Diana Chen, Gallery Lecturer, Museum of Modern Art, New York
• Chris Michaels, Digital Director, The National Gallery, London
• Sandra Shakespeare, Outreach Officer, The National Archives

Friday 5 October – Tours
On Friday 5 October there are exclusive tours of the London Mithraeum. The Roman Temple of Mithras, dating from the third century, nearly 1,800 years ago, has now 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 a team of conservation specialists, 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.

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