“As museum practitioners we can allow museums to be a tool of the establishment, the powered, even the oppressor. But through a reflective practice and a reimagining of our purpose, we can instead exercise the power of the museum towards challenging the status quo.”
— Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Head of Public Programs, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and keynote speaker, Museum Ideas 2109
Museum Ideas 2019 — the eighth edition of the annual international conference — welcomed delegates from 26 countries and featured speakers from India, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and UK. With a progressive attitude and international approach, the conference took place 10-12 September 2019 at Wellcome Collection and the Museum of London and explored the ideas that are shaping the future of museums around the world.
Speakers at the conference included: Dan Hicks, Professor of Contemporary Archaeology, University of Oxford; Anna Hansen, Director, Regionmuseet, Sweden; Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell, Head of Public Programs, Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.; Kati Price, Head of Digital Media and Publishing, Victoria & Albert Museum; Nina Finigan, Curator Manuscripts, Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Aotearoa New Zealand; Emily Siddons, Producer, Exhibitions, Experience and Engagement, Museums Victoria, Australia; Joyoti Roy, Head of Strategy, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, Mumbai, India; Kate Forde, Head of Exhibitions, Wellcome Collection, London.
This 250+ page book includes essays based on most of the presentations featured at both the pre-conference talks and the main day of the conference. Chapters include: With the People: Collecting Contemporary Protest Material; Taking A Stand Against Neutrality; In Search of Power and Resistance in the Archive; Defining Digital Success; Museums, Networks and Active Memories; The Art and Science of the Pop-up; and What Museums Can Learn From the Theatre. Order your copy and explore the ideas that are shaping the future of museums around the world.
“A conference for mind expanding conversations and international networking!” – Martin Payne, The British Museum
“A wonderful window into the international museums sector – a one-stop shop for networking and getting inspired!” – Jackie Keily, Museum of London
“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
“Museum Ideas is a fantastic showcase for inspiring, creative projects and a great opportunity to meet and network with museum colleagues from across the globe. Looking forward to next year already!” – Lucy Morris, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
“Museum Ideas is the best museum conference there is. It constantly pitches high and secures superb, relevant speakers, who cover a rich and wide range of topics from international perspectives. It offers food for thought and feeds the soul with engaging and inspiring conversation, networks and ideas.” – Helen Whiteoak, National Portrait Gallery