Museum Ideas 2017, London: 3 days, 30+ speakers, workshops, seminars and conference

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Museum Ideas 2017, 3-5 October, London - 3 days, 30+ speakers, workshops, seminars and international conference

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

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.

Join hundreds of 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. The latest 2017 tickets have been sent to Sweden, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Norway, Northern Ireland, and the United Arab Emirates.

There are now only 37 tickets available. Book online via PayPal at the top of the page or email if you prefer to receive an invoice for your ticket(s).

“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 from Africa, South America, North America and Europe are contributing to Museum Ideas 2017 

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// Museos de Arte MBA-MAC, Bahía Blanca, Argentina
• 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
• Jess Turtle and Matt Turtle, co-founders of the Museum of Homelessness
• Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums, and founder, Happy Museum Project
• Kat Medill, Audience Experience Coordinator, ASU Art Museum, Arizona
• Adam Corsini, Archaeology Collections Manager, Museum of London
• Sharna Jackson, curator working across digital, arts and entertainment

Further speakers announced soon...

“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 flagship 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 will be special pre-conference seminars dedicated to activism and social change, and digital and participation, along with a full day of practical workshops. The seminars and workshops take 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.  

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.

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