Museum Ideas 2017, London: 3 days, 25+ speakers, workshops, seminars and conference


Museum Ideas 2017, 3-5 October, London
3 days, 25+ speakers, workshops, seminars and international conference

Museum Ideas explores the future of museums with a particular focus on progressive public engagement, new digital initiatives, participatory practice, plus pioneering ideas about collections, audiences and social impact.

This year also includes pre-conference seminars dedicated to activisim and social change, and digital and participation. 


Bonita Bennett, Director of the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa (pictured) will be speaking at the Museum Ideas 2017 conference in London

Hosted by the Museum of London, Museum Ideas 2017 takes place over 3 days in early October. The main flagship conference is on Thursday 5 October and is designed so it can be attended as a standalone event. But the conference will be proceeded by an extensive series of pre-conference workshops, seminars and get-togethers taking place on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October. Access to these pre-conference workshops and events is free for conference delegates but space is more limited. Full details of the additional events will be sent to conference delegates in advance so they can reserve seats at the events they would like to take part in - places will be allocated on a first-respond, first-reserved basis. 

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 contributing to Museum Ideas this year. Further speakers announced soon. 

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
• Christian Diaz - Digital Content, Museos de Arte: MBA-MAC, Buenos Aires
• Adam Rozan - Director of Audience Engagement, Worcester Art Museum, USA
• 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
• Anaïs Aguerre - Head of International Initiatives, Victoria & Albert Museum
• Sarah Green - Learning & Interpretation Manager, V&A Gallery, Shekou, China
• Adele Patrick - Creative Development Manager, Glasgow Women's Library
• Russell Dornan - Web Editor, Wellcome Collection, London
• 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
• Joanna Salter - Senior Manager - Participation, National Maritime Museum

Further speakers announced soon...

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

Join museum colleagues from all over the world. Delegates from 24 countries - from Alaska to New Zealand, Sweden to Jamaica - took part in the conference and workshops last year.

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.

Early-bird conference registration is now open. Tickets are limited. Book now to secure your seat. Book online via PayPal at the top of the page or email if you prefer to receive an invoice for your ticket(s).

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

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Museum Ideas 2017 takes place at the Museum of London, 3-5 October 

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. An extensive series of free pre-conference workshops and seminars will take on Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 October.

Museum Ideas 2017 speakers include:

• Whitney Donhauser is the Director and President of the Museum of the City of New York, which has just opened a new $10.5m permanent exhibition exploring the story of the city from village to global capital and asks visitors to design the city of the future. Whitney has had a 23-year career in museum management, including as Senior Advisor to the President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art where she had leadership responsibility overseeing major museum functions and projects, collaborating with development, visitor services, capital projects, marketing, and exhibition planning and implementation. 

• Bonita Bennett is the Director of the District Six Museum in Cape Town, South Africa. Bonita taught for many years in schools in impoverished areas of Cape Town and was previously the museum’s collections manager and research coordinator, having a particular research interest in narrative and memory. Bonita’s passion for her work stems from her background as a human rights activist, her training as an educator and her commitment to education.

Christian Diaz is Visual Communication Designer. He lives and works in Bahía Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Christian leads the digital communication and content for Museos de Arte: MBA-MAC. He is also the coordinator of HABEMUS; a volunteer project of the Universidad Nacional del Sur, Bahía Blanca, Argentina, which works for the digital transformation of museums, makes analysis of public behaviour and produces the radio program Habemus - Hacking the Museums.

• Rosie Stanbury is Head of Live Programmes at Wellcome Collection, the museum and library exploring health and humanity in London. In this role Rosie leads a team of producers programming public events, youth and community activities. Joining Wellcome in 2006 as an events producer, she played a pivotal role in the inaugural and ongoing programme of events for Wellcome Collection. Prior to joining Wellcome, Rosie worked in community arts.

• Anaïs Aguerre is Head of International Initiatives at The Victoria & Albert Museum where her role is to fully unlock the Museum's international potential and serve the V&A's interests and ambition to engage internationally. Anaïs is the Project Director of the Shekou Project in China and is a member of both the V&A Strategy Advisory Group and V&A Management Forum. Prior to joining the V&A, Anaïs was a senior advisor and consultancy manager at The British Museum.

• Adam Rozan is Head of Audience Engagement at at the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. Adam has held audience engagement, marketing, public relations, teaching and programming positions at Harvard University Art Museums, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Children’s Museum, Boston Public Library and Oakland Museum of California, and he has a master’s degree in liberal arts in museum studies from the Harvard University Extension School. 

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, Cogapp, Haley Sharpe Design, Imagemakers, Imagineear, Locatify, Meyvaert Glass Engineering, Squint / Opera, Vernon Systems