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2020 Museum Conference to take place in Edinburgh

museum conference 2020

We’re pleased to announce that our European conference will take place in Edinburgh on March 23 – 25th 2020.

MuseumNext Edinburgh will bring together museum professionals from around the globe for three exciting days of innovation, inspiration and conversation. The conference will be based at the cities Festival Hub a converted Victorian Church which stands at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle, though as ever we will offer delegates the chance to experience cultural activities across the city.

MuseumNext which started in the UK more than a decade ago, has grown to take place in cultural capitals around the world. In 2019 the event has travelled to LA, Sydney, London, Amsterdam and New York.

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As a world heritage site Edinburgh has much to offer. It seamlessly blends old and new, providing us with the perfect destination to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a diverse and vibrant city.

Delegates will have the opportunity to visit many of the cities cultural highlights, as well as enjoying insightful talks, learning new skills and making new connections with colleagues from around the world.

MuseumNext’s Jim Richardson said, “Edinburgh is the perfect place for us to bring together our community in 2020, the city is world renowned as a cultural capital and its museum are world-class. It’s a place where MuseumNext has a lot of friends and that will shine through in the broader programme as we’re able to offer delegates more opportunities to explore an Edinburgh they might not normally discover.”

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We’re already in a position to announce that National Museums Scotland will host our opening reception in the recently redeveloped National Museum of Scotland (above).

The redevelopment of this museum has also inspired our theme for our 2020 conference, Transformation. We will launch the call for papers for the event in the Autumn, inviting our community to share how they are transforming museums and acting as a catalyst for transformation beyond their walls.

As in previous years, the tickets for the event will be sold in three batches, Super Early Bird Tickets will be £360, Early Bird Tickets will be £480 and Regular Tickets will be £550. We will have just 100 of each ticket type on sale, and it isn’t unusual for the Super Early Bird tickets to sell out in 48 hours.

We strongly recommend that if you wish to attend this event, you secure the budget now so that you are in a position to buy a ticket when they are released. To be the first to know when tickets are available please join our mailing list or follow us on Facebook.

About the author – Jim Richardson

For sixteen years Jim Richardson led a creative agency working with some of the world’s best known museums.

His work helped these institutions to encourage arts audiences to take that next positive step, converting a passing interest into a ticket purchase, a website hit into an actual visit, an appreciation into real involvement?

Through this work he became interested in how technology was changing audience expectations. In 2007 he started to document ‘what’s next for museum?’ on a blog, and two years later he organised the first MuseumNext conference to expand on this question.

MuseumNext now takes place in cultural capitals around the world, bringing together a community of museum professionals with a shared ambition to make museums the best that they can be.

In 2012, Jim developed the Digital Engagement Framework with his colleague Jasper Visser to provide arts organisations with a strategic approach to technology. This is now used by hundreds of cultural organisations around the world and the subject of two books.

Jim now splits his time between working on MuseumNext and delivering consultancy for museums and tech companies.

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