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2023 Conference and Study Day Programme – Museum Ideas

Explore the ideas shaping the future of museums with with our Museum Ideas 2023 Conference and Study Day programme. Join us to discover how museums can be reimagined as progressive, collaborative, and people-focussed organisations in a time of growing inequality, environmental emergency and political crisis.

Sponsored by Art Fund and BECK, the 2023 events include study days on co-creation, participatory practice, community-led collecting, social justice and using the power of collections in advocacy, activism and co-production. The Museum Ideas 2023 international conference takes place in October in London. Speakers this year include Afia Yeboah, Senior Producer: Community Partnerships and Participatory Practice at V&A East and Khalil Thirlaway, Creative Producer: Community and Youth at the Natural History Museum. The conference will be chaired by Dan Hicks, Professor of Contemporary Archaeology at the University of Oxford and Curator of World Archaeology at Pitt Rivers Museum. Early-bird registration is now open.

If you are interested in a study day which has already taken place, you can join a waiting list for when we run the event again. You will will then be contacted when a new date is confirmed. Email to register your interest.

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“Museum Ideas is the best museum conference. It secures superb, relevant speakers, who cover a rich and wide range of topics. It offers food for thought and feeds the soul with engaging and inspiring conversation, networks and ideas” — Helen Whiteoak, Head of Participation, National Portrait Gallery, London

“A packed programme with a breadth of insight into museums that is not otherwise accessible – diverse and inspiring” — Susan Eskdale, Lead for Community Engagement, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton

“An impressive conference, expertly curated to bring together voices from across the world. I would highly recommend to colleagues and will definitely attend again in the future” — Laura Crean, Assistant Director, Strategy and Governance, Imperial War Museums

The Museum Ideas 2023 Conference and Study Day programme is sponsored by Art Fund and BECK

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