The seventh MuseumNext conference took place 19 – 21 April 2015 in the Swiss city of Geneva, bringing together over 600 museum professionals from 39 countries for our largest event to date.
MuseumNext has grown to become one of the leading conferences for the sector, focusing on what’s next for museums by bringing together the disrupters and the change-makers.
In Geneva the conference spanned four venues, included more than 50 presentations, 13 workshops and prestigious social events in the Musée d’Art et d’histoire and across more than 20 museums and galleries the cities cultural district.
Keynote speeches came from Gail Lord, Co-President of Lord Cultural Resources, who spoke about Why Soft Power is What’s Next for Museums, Frédérique Jamolli, Head of International Cultural Development for the International Olympic Museum who shared her mission to reposition the Olympic Museum as a multisite, multicultural institution and the Southbank Centre spoke about the unusual process they took when developing a new website.
The conference was accompanied by a one day pre-conference which gave delegates the opportunity to visit many of Geneva’s museums and galleries, attend workshops, watch presentations, participate in walking tours and network with fellow delegates.
Jim Richardson, who founded the conference in 2009 said ‘MuseumNext has grown into a community of passionate museum professionals, who are transforming the sector. Geneva gave that community the opportunity to come together and share their successes and challenges, it’s been a tremendous few days’.
The conference received excellent feedback:
‘Every year I say it’s the best and I worry that by growing it’ll lose that special je ne sais quoi. Not a worry at all, they managed to create a large-scale international museum conference with a familiar and home-y feel about it.‘.
Mar Dixon, Museum Consultant
‘MuseumNext always pulls together a stellar mix of speakers, balancing emerging practitioners and respected leaders from across the globe. This balance is what makes it work so well and makes it attractive to all levels of cultural heritage professionals from directors and executives to students.‘
Seb Chan, Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
‘MuseumNext is the most forward looking museum conference in Europe, if not the world’
Gail Lord, Co-President, Lord Cultural Services