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Speakers and Conference

Bonita Bennett from the District Six Museum in Cape Town spoke at Museum Ideas 2017

Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums. 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.

“An inspiring conference with passionate, generous people that are willing to share best practice openly, honestly, and with an open mind” – Roshni Hirani, Royal Museums Greenwich

You can expect an international speaker line-up and conference 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. Museum Ideas 2018 takes place on Thursday 4 October at the Museum of London. Early-bird registration is now open – book your ticket today.

Speakers at the Museum Ideas 2018 International Conference in London include: (clockwise from top left) Tony Butler, Sandra Shakespeare, Joyoti Roy, Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Chris Michaels, Manal Ataya, Yasha Young, Tui Te Hau

Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Curator and Museum Education Specialist, Washington, D.C.
Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is an award-winning cultural programmer devoted to exploring ways to engage with marginalized audiences through art, museum, and social justice practice. In her role as Education Specialist with the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), she curates participatory public programs focusing on social justice issues, which empower museum audiences to share their own ideas and strategies towards equity. Before coming to NMAAHC, she contributed to the launch of the Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as the public programs coordinator. Kayleigh also works with the Empathetic Museum initiative in their efforts to increase empathy inside the museum profession. She lends her expertise in equity initiatives and transformational change to these social change programs. Kayleigh’s work explores the intersection of museums, social change, art and culture through programming, curating, writing, and collaborative efforts in systemic shift towards equity.

Joyoti Roy, Director of Marketing, CSMVS Museum, Mumbai
Joyoti Roy is an arts and museum manager and presently heads the Marketing and Branding Section of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalay (CSMVS) in Mumbai, India. Until August 2017, she was Head of Outreach Department of the National Museum in New Delhi and has been involved in making museums accessible and interesting for visitors through programmes, exhibitions and new strategies since 2014. Between 2011 and 2013 she worked for the National Culture Fund where she coordinated the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India’s Museum Reform Programmes including the Leadership Training Programme for In-service museum professionals in collaboration with the British Museum. Joyoti was trained as an art conservator from the National Museum Institute and worked at the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (Intach) from 2003 to 2010, after which she worked as the Chief Archivist at the Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, Delhi, an archive of 19th century photographs. She has been a Charles Wallace India Trust Awardee for the year 2008 for a fellowship programme in conservation of contemporary art at the Tate Gallery, London and is the International Clore Fellow from India to UK in 2017-18. She is currently investigating and searching for the real role of museums in India. Joyoti is an active theatre person and in 1999 she joined the well-known Delhi based Street Theatre group, Jana Natya Manch.

Chris Michaels, Digital Director, The National Gallery, London
Chris Michaels is Digital Director of the National Gallery in London where he sits on their Executive Committee. At the Gallery, he runs the Digital & Communications Directorate with responsibilities including social media, the web, ticketing, membership, marketing and PR. Before he joined the Gallery, he was Head of Digital & Publishing at the British Museum, where he founded their digital department and created their digital strategy. He acts as an advisor to the Humboldt Forum, a new institution being built in Berlin. He has acted as advisor to museums in Qatar and Singapore. Before entering the world of Museums, he was CEO of educational startup Mindshapes. He has led digital functions in TV, publishing and advertising and has a PHD from the University of Bristol.

Tui Te Hau, Innovation Hub Manager, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The start-up community is the grassroots of innovation in any city and Tui has been involved in Wellington’s innovation eco-system since its beginning. For almost two years, she has been leading Mahuki – Te Papa’s innovation accelerator. Tui’s background includes working for NZTE where she headed up the Maori Enterprise Team supporting major primary exporters into offshore markets. She went on to be New Zealand Trade Commissioner based in Melbourne and on her return to New Zealand headed up NZTE’s exporter education programme. Tui then spent over a decade working with start-ups and headed up Wellington’s Fashion HQ business incubator and was the former Chief Executive of Creative HQ. Tui was responsible for the establishment of the Lightning Lab, New Zealand’s business acceleration programme.

Manal Ataya, Director General, Sharjah Museums, UAE
Manal Ataya has served as Director-General of the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD) for eight years and currently manages 16 museums. The department is responsible for the strategic development of future museum projects, fostering partnerships with the international museum community and leading the effort to deliver best practice in museum services. The current scope of the museums includes Islamic culture and history, contemporary art, heritage, maritime history, archaeology, science and children’s learning. She currently serves on the boards of the College of Fine Art and Design, University of Sharjah and of ICCROM-ATHAR, the regional centre for cultural heritage preservation in the Arab region. She was an international fellowship recipient for the UK based Clore leadership programme in 2010. Ataya holds a BA in Studio Art and Communication Studies from Hamilton College and a graduate degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University.

Sandra Shakespeare, Outreach Officer, The National Archives
Sandra Shakespeare joined The National Archives in 2012 to deliver Caribbean Through A Lens, engaging over 100,000 people with photographic collections on site and online. Sandra is a Clore Fellow – Archives Consortium and has delivered youth arts projects in partnership with the V&A, Royal Opera House, Urban Development, and Bow Arts Trust amongst others. Previously Arts Development Co-ordinator, East Potential, Stratford; Learning Communities Development Worker, London Borough of Tower Hamlets; Marketing Assistant, Black Women in the Arts. Sandra is one of the co-founding members working with NEON Orgbuilders to develop a business model for Museum Detox. She is also a Trustee for Youth Club Archives – a brilliant organisation doing pioneering work with archival collections documenting the historical narrative of youth subcultures.

Yasha Young, Director, Urban Nation Museum, Berlin
Yasha Young is the director and curator of URBAN NATION – the world’s first big street art museum. Her creative vision is catalyst to the creation and evolvement of the two internationally renowned Project M/ and OneWall series. As former gallery owner, curator and producer, Young is deeply involved in the international urban arts sphere.

Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums Trust
Tony will be chairing the Museum Ideas conference for the third year running. Tony is a social history curator at heart and has been Executive Director of Derby Museums Trust since January 2014. Derby Museums includes Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Derby Museum and Art Gallery which contains the world’s finest collection of works by the 18th century artist Joseph Wright. From 2015 he will oversee the £17m redevelopment of the Silk Mill as Derby’s Museum of Making. Prior to that, Tony was director of the Museum of East Anglian Life for nine years. He repositioned the organisation as a social enterprise and led a major capital development programme. In 2011 he founded the Happy Museum Project, to create an international community of practice to explore how museums could contribute to a society in which well-being and environmental sustainability were its principle values. Tony has an MA in Museology from University of East Anglia and was the Fellow for Museums on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2007-08.

Call for Papers: Museum Ideas 2018
Interested in speaking at Museum Ideas this year? We would be delighted to hear from you. If you have an idea you would like to share – or just some initial thoughts you would like to discuss – please get in touch by emailing

Museum Ideas speakers

Speakers at previous Museum Ideas conferences include:

• Bonita Bennett, Director, District Six Museum, Cape Town
• Whitney Donhauser, Director, Museum of the City of New York
• 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
• 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
• Andrew Lewis, Data and Insights Architect, Natural History Museum
• Jonas Heide Smith, Head of Digital, SMK – The National Gallery of Denmark
• Caryn Boehm, Creative Engagement Producer, Peabody Essex Museum
• Rosie Stanbury, Acting Head of Public Programmes, Wellcome Collection, London

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