Today MuseumNext announced that the upcoming conference which was due to take place later this month in the Scottish capital has been postponed because of the growing COVID-19 crisis.
MuseumNext’s founder Jim Richardson emailed delegates today to tell them that ‘while Scottish Government advice is that a gathering of under 500 people is still allowed to go ahead. We believe this is unwise given the current health emergency and we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event in order to protect our community.’
The conference will be replaced with a virtual museum conference which will take place over four weeks this Autumn. This event will feature many of the speakers who were to speak in Edinburgh, but also introduce new talks, panels and workshops inspired by the Covid-19 crisis.
The MuseumNext Disrupt programme will be accompanied by a private social network to bring together participants from around the world.
“The Covid-19 crisis is forcing change on museums, and it’s crucial that we use this opportunity to put our museums at the centre of our communities,” said Jim Richardson from MuseumNext.
MuseumNext Disrupt takes place this October. Find more details here.
About the author – Manuel Charr
Manuel Charr is a journalist working in the arts and cultural sectors. With a background in marketing, Manuel is drawn to arts organizations which are prepared to try inventive ways to reach new audiences.