How to make the most of MuseumNext with Mar Dixon - MuseumNext

How to make the most of MuseumNext with Mar Dixon

Mar Dixon has attended twelve MuseumNext conferences over the past decade. We caught up with her to find out what keeps her coming back, how to make the most of the event and what to see if you’re attending MuseumNext London.

Who are you?
I’m Mar Dixon – digital and social troublemaker for the sector.  

When did you first come to MuseumNext, how many have you been too, what can people expect?
Oh god – first one was Edinburgh I want to say 2011?  I’ve been to all the Europe ones since (with exception of one). I’ve also been to two in the states (Indianapolis and New York) and Australia (Brisbane). What people can expect and will get is brilliant relevant talks from great speakers and a whole bunch of networking and meeting great fun and highly respected people in the sector and other sectors. 

What tips do you have for people making the most of the event?
Try not to be shy – if you see someone standing by themselves go introduce yourself.  Make the most out of the breaks but also with the conversations before on social media.  There are usually at least a few organized networking sessions.  And no question is stupid so put your hand up when you want clarification with a speaker.  9 out of 10 times others have the same question to ask!

You work with lots of cultural venues in London, which should our delegates be sure to visit?
Here are a few but obviously London has so much to offer and I’m sure they’ll be others who might want to visit a museum or two also so make sure you share on social media and maybe find a new MuseumNext delegate to go with! 

NHM (see Hope the Blue Whale)
Science Museum
Hayward Gallery (recently been reopened) 

Postal Museum
Museum of London
Wellcome Collection 
Soane Museum
Wallace Collection 

– Maybe see a play at The Globe
Southbank Centre usually has a few good shows 

MuseumNext takes place in London on 3 – 5 June 2019. You can find more here.