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

Museum Ideas 2018 – Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums

Tickets for 3 days of events from just £117
Fully funded places available for students

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

WORKSHOPS: Tuesday 2 October – Museum of London
Workshops include: Digital Strategy for Museums – how to develop and implement an effective digital strategy for your museum; Short Form Storytelling – explore how to develop ideas and concepts for a unique and memorable visitor experience; The Smart Museum of Tomorrow – discover how technology can help museums upgrade their existing systems to facilitate procedures, aid communication and improve visitor experience; Inspiring Visitors With Immersive Technology – tips to enhance visitor understanding of collections, drive positive museum reviews and support income generation.

STUDY DAY: Wednesday 3 October – National Maritime Museum
Discover the process and outcomes of co-curation, collaborative working and new approaches to community research. Royal Museums Greenwich has been undertaking a dynamic journey in the development and delivery of their Endeavour Project. New galleries, opening in September, explore 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 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 inspire and challenge, highlighting hidden histories and contemporary relevance. Refreshments and lunch provided. Wine reception.

CONFERENCE: Thursday 4 October – Museum of London
Seventh annual Museum Ideas conference with an international programme of change. Key themes include activism, social justice, collaborative working, co-curation, and participatory practice. Speakers include: Katrina Lashley, Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, Washington D.C., US; Elizabeth Cotton, Tamaki Paenga Hira, New Zealand; Manal Ataya, Sharjah Museums, UAE; Elizabeth Galvin, V&A; Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, London Transport Museum; Mark Miller, Tate Britain and Tate Modern; Chris Michaels, National Gallery, London; Coline Cuau, The British Museum; Tim Corum, Horniman Museum; Linda Brogan, award-winning playwright; Tony Butler, Derby Museums (conference chair). Join delegates from the V&A, British Museum, Tate, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, Kew Gardens, Bank of England Museum, Royal Pavilion Museum, National Trust, Royal Institution; Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; National Museums Liverpool, Ashmolean Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, and many more. Refreshments and lunch provided.

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Award-winning playwright Linda Brogan is speaking at Museum Ideas 2018. 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.

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

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. Tickets for independent museums, emerging professionals, start-ups and freelancers £117. With additional multiple booking discounts, standard tickets start at £157. There are fully funded tickets available for students. Email

“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

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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