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23rd March

10:00

Registration

Pick up your delegate bag and conference programme.

Registration will be open until 4pm allowing delegates to register throughout the day.

11:00

Workshops

This year we’re offering delegates the opportunity to participate in free workshops on resilience, trust, making change happen, embracing change and attitude statements. Workshops will have limited capacities and will be offered to delegates on a first come, first served basis.

14:00

Digital Sessions sponsored by Microsoft

The Digital Stage is always one of the most popular aspects of MuseumNext. This year we have presentations on using existing tech in museums, R&D in a cultural organisation, Minecraft and collecting social digital photography.

Speakers to include:

Kasja Hartig,
Head of Collections and Cultural Environments,
Västernorrlands Museum

Sam King,
Senior Producer,
Royal Opera House

Jessica BrodeFrank
Digital Collections Access Manager,
Alder Planetarium

Anita Brunner-Irujo
Head of Digital Media,
Universalmuseum Joanneum

18:00

Opening Reception

Join delegates from around the world at the National Museum of Scotland for our opening reception. Drinks and Canapés will be served.

24th March

9:30

What really happens if you invite everyone into your museum?

How do you turn an almost bankrupt city museum into a bubbling place that is cherished by its communities, while attracting growing numbers of visitors from across the country? The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam is a midsized museum with a collection of contemporary art and local history. Over the last three years it managed to change from a little loved institution to being crowned the most visitor friendly Museum of the Year 2019 in the Netherlands. In this presentation director Deirdre Carasso will share what she learned, the challenges she faced and also some success stories.

10:00

Stabilizing against Displacement with Radical Leadership

What happens when museums become activists? How might they transform how they partner with communities to defend against social challenges in a rapidly-changing socio-cultural landscape? During this presentation, Harvard Loeb Fellow and designer-activist, De Nichols, will share creative strategies and approaches that museums can leverage to build community-driven coalitions in the address of spatial injustices, residential displacement, and cultural shifts. Strategies will review a range of case studies as it focuses on how these approaches are helping The Griot Museum of Black History in St. Louis, MO, transform its practices, leadership, and pedagogy to respond to rapid private development that has displaced much of its surrounding neighbourhood.

10:30

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11:00

Break

11:30

Panel: How to Build an Museum that Embraces Change

A panel discussion led by Laura Crossley and exploring why people fear change, empathetic leadership and better communication. All panelists will be revealed soon.

12:30

LUNCH

13:30

Sponsor Presentation : MuseumMate

With SmartGuide, the museum has a powerful tool to manage visitors and can learn much more about their habits and even their profiles.

The museum can manage visitor flows inside the galleries and avoid crowding and saturation of them without visitors even perceiving it during their visit.

Behind SmartGuide™ is months of technological research and years working side-by-side with museums. Our vision and the ingenuity of the techniques and designers enabled us to develop a new audio guide concept, based on unique technological innovations.

13:45

Reimagining Leadership

What does ‘leadership’ mean to you? Does striving for more diverse leadership in the cultural sector simply mean getting more diverse people into senior management roles? Or could it actually mean reimagining what leadership actually is, and how it can be most effective? This session examines alternative approaches to leadership; including the ‘soft skills’ essential for effective leadership; and ways in which we embody and role model values and behaviours in our everyday working lives, at all organisational levels, while bringing our whole selves to work. Designed for current and emerging leaders who aspire to lead and build inclusive organisations.

14:15

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14:45

Transforming Audiences, Challenging Perceptions

What happens if our viewers don’t actually know what they want? What happens if they don’t realize how far they can go? Discover how to transform your work by opening your audiences to things they didn’t even know they could ask for. Learn how two organizations challenged their audiences to do more, and how those audiences, in turn, challenged the organizations to grow. Discover the steps we took to step out of our comfort zones with our participants to build something truly unexpected together.

15:15

BREAK

15:45

Tea, cake and a smile

A look, with tea and cake, at types of community engagement and participation that can help put communities at the centre of your work.

Sometimes people don’t know how to get started with involving groups, how to reach out and find people to work with, or what to do with them when they’ve found interested people!

This session will provide an overview of different ways of working from first contact through to celebrations and opening.

A great starting point for people looking to involve communities in their work, both inside and outside the museum.

16:15

We need radical trust

We should trust each other more.

I’ve been campaigning and raising awareness about flexible working for 8 years. How, why and when we work matters more than I realised in this volatile, uncertain, ambiguous and complex world which we are operating in, and links to our creativity, our mental health and our effectiveness. It speaks to equality and inclusion, and to getting the best talent into our workforce.

I’ll share my journey building a movement which campaigns for radical trust in each other.

16:45

Sessions Close

19:00

Evening Social

25th March

9:00

Erlend G. Høyersten

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9:30

Rapid prototyping for museums

A step-by-step toolkit for changing the core makeup of your museum. Let’s look at how to pinpoint issues of pressing concern for your community that your museum isn’t talking about. It’s precisely those problems we should use to rapidly prototype new institutions and genuine alternatives. A handful of low-cost, low-tech and actionable measures empower you to start remaking your museum with confidence and care.

For museum directors and other leadership positions in particular. Alternatively, a boost for your next job application.

Subjects: How to be a museum radical without being fired – How to lead from the trenches – Making radical change happen.

 

10:00

Where start-ups and century-old institution meet

In the digital age, how can a century-old cultural institution keep the pace of a fast-changing environment? The Centre des monuments nationaux, a leading cultural institution in France, managing 100 monuments and welcoming 10 million visitors a year, addressed that issue by creating an incubator in June 2018. The CMN provides access to its 100 monuments as a playground for newly created companies to test their concept. This new way of working with start-ups to innovate might be the solution for cultural institutions to reinvent themselves.

10:30

BREAK

11:00

Open Stage

Fast paced lightening talks

12:00

LUNCH

13:00

Sponsors Presentation : Art Fund

13:15

How 'youth proof' is your museum? OR Curating The Young, whut?

Have you ever thought about how youth proof your museum or organisation is? Why not ask the youngsters themselves? ‘Nothing about them, without them’ is what AmuseeVous from Belgium stand for. They have 15 years of experience in participation and communication with youngsters and would like to share this with the rest of the world.

Ilka Tillekaerts
Cultural Entrepreneurship
MOOSS

13:45

Mining collections for new narratives

Helen Welford and Olivia Heron will share MIMA’s ongoing project of mining and auditing the Middlesbrough Collection for new narratives and perspectives. Like many UK public collections, certain voices and experiences remain underrepresented in the collection; with artists of colour, working class, disabled and LGBTQIA+ still in a minority. MIMA is leaning into these histories and redressing imbalances by excavating the collection for ignored, hidden or overlooked stories and developing new priorities for collecting. This workshop highlights two examples of practice and shows how MIMA uses research to shape exhibitions and acquisitions.

14:15

Museums as Community Learning Hubs

This presentation will share the National Heritage Board of Singapore’s Silver Hubs Framework which seeks to reposition and transform its three heritage institutions into “community learning hubs” for seniors. Under the framework, NHB will offer a suite of age-friendly initiatives that leverage on museum/heritage resources and modern assistive technologies to facilitate lifelong learning, encourage contribution and promote the psychosocial and emotional well-being of seniors.

This presentation will outline the framework and its various age-friendly initiatives that promote lifelong learning amongst seniors. It will also offer insights into the challenges of developing museum policies and programmes for seniors, as well as the learning points gleamed from developing the framework and implementing its initiatives.

14:45

BREAK

15:15

Putting Welcoming All into Practice

When Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art opened in a small town in middle America in 2011, critics from the predominantly-urban cultural centers wondered who would visit. Founded with a mission of “welcoming all,” Crystal Bridges sought to provide access to the arts to area residents, as well as encourage others to discover the region. Eight years later, 4.5 million people from around the world have come to see this new museum, including 71% of the region’s 500,000 residents. Learn how customized art installations and exhibitions, unique public programs, and targeted marketing efforts have ensured that we welcome all.

15:45

How to Flip Foregone Conclusions into Work that Really Matters

Have you ever been given a solution to enact… that seemed like it was solving the wrong problem?

“Create an app for this exhibition.”
“Different people should be invited to the planning meeting.”
“We need a process for reviewing content.”

Sometimes that app, that invite list, that process isn’t really the problem. But how would you know? And how can you create a space for eliciting the real problem without completely pissing people off?

This presentation will take a humorous look at situations where assumptions have subverted any real problem solving and give you strategies to flip those situations into productive, collaborative conversations.

16:15

Conference Closes