Museum Practice and Careers Hub Workshops

Free programme
The workshop programme is divided into four themes: careers; collections, interpretation and exhibition design; learning and engagement; and technology and digital.

The workshops each run for half an hour, in two rooms in the exhibition hall. This programme is open to all visitors and delegates at the Conference & Exhibition.

Thursday 16 November 2017


0930 – 1000

Room one

Improving access to heritage on a (very) tight budget
Learning and engagement

Access for all doesn’t have to be expensive. This workshop presents solutions to common access issues, from provision for visitors who speak English as a second language to resources for people who find new situations challenging.

Speakers:
Sarah Fellows, Heritage Activities Officer, Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust
Holly Wain, Heritage Activities Assistant, Dudley Canal & Tunnel Trust


Room two

How to network naturally
Careers

This workshop provides hints and tips to help you to network out of your comfort zone, to support your career aspirations and professional development, and to help you develop relationships in and outside the museum sector.

Speaker:
Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1030 - 1100

Room one

Dignified not Disneyfied
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

The unusual and, at times, controversial external artistic interpretation at English Heritage's Tintagel Castle aims to create a sense of history and mythology that appeals to diverse audiences. This workshop discusses the approach taken and shares how the installation has been received.

Speakers:
Robert Campbell, Head of Interpretation, English Heritage
Ewan McCarthy, Creative Director, Bright


Room two

Using social media to maximise impact
Technology and digital

Manchester Museum explains how it used social media to maximise public engagement with the Climate Control exhibition, and shares top tips on how museums can create their own campaigns. Aimed at anyone using social media, from beginners to seasoned pros.

Speakers:
David Gelsthorpe, Curator of Earth Science Collections, Manchester Museum
Rachel Webster, Curator of Botany, Manchester Museum


1130 - 1200

Room one

Techniques to diversify audiences
Learning and engagement

Following an ACE grant to help broaden audiences to include more 16-24 year olds and BAME audiences, Art UK shares what has worked - and what hasn’t.

Speakers:
Alice Payne, Head of Content, Art UK
Molly Tresadern, Content Creation Manager, Art UK


Room two

How to write a successful CV
Careers

This workshop provides a masterclass in writing CVs and job applications. Whatever stage of your career you are at, this session shows you what you can do to get your foot through the door.

Speaker:
Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1230 - 1300

Room one

Interpreting museums: A bold new approach
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

Following the redevelopment of Wardown House from a local museum to a Victorian house with period atmosphere and contemporary twists, this workshop shares some of its bold approaches to interpretation that were developed in partnership with the local community.

Speakers:
Elise Naish, Collections Manager, Luton Culture
Phil Songhurst, Project Manager, Imagemakers


Room two

Creating user-friendly websites
Technology and digital

The team behind swcollectionsexplorer.org.uk shares how they created a user-friendly website that enables different audiences to discover collections from across the South West England.

Speakers:
Rick Lawrence, Digital Media Officer, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Mary Olszewska, Partnership Officer, Royal Albert Memorial Museum


1330 - 1400

Room One

Working with refugees and asylum seekers
Learning and engagement

From exploring migration in a museum context to working with refugees and asylum seekers, this workshop shares best practice approaches and encourages participants to develop their own practice.

Speakers:
Emily Miller, Head of Learning and Partnerships, the Migration Museum Project
Domenico Sergi, Community Engagement Coordinator, the Horniman Museum and Gardens


Room two

Get your inner chimp interview-ready
Careers

Based on Steve Peter’s Inner Chimp theory, the emotional side of your brain that can sabotage the more practical side, this workshop explores how to cultivate a positive mind-set and impress at job interviews.

Speaker:
Charlie Pratley, Director, Culture Syndicates
Matthew Constantine, Collections, Interpretation and Learning Manager, Leicester Arts & Museums Service

1430 - 1500

Room One

Developing innovative events programmes
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

From understanding visitor intelligence data to developing creative working practices, this workshop supports museum professionals to develop more ambitious exhibition event programmes to inspire audiences. Based on the Robots exhibition at the Science Museum.

Speakers:
Antonio Benitez, Director, Manchester Science Festival
Scott McKenzie-Cook, Special Events Manager, Science Museum


Room two


Raspberry Pi: Building low-cost touchscreens in-house

Technology and digital

A practical workshop demonstrating how to use free software to build a low-cost touchscreen in-house. Includes detailed guide to projects built and tested by Sheringham Museum.

Speakers:
Philip Miles, Museum Manager, Sheringham Museum
Ron Wiebe, Trustee, Sheringham Museums


1530 - 1600

Room One


Dialogue beyond sight
Learning and engagement

This workshop explores how museums can engage marginalised audiences, such as those with visual impairments, and embed accessibility across all areas of an organisation.

Speakers:
Andrew Mashigo, Freelance Access Facilitator, MaMoMi initiative
Lynn Cox, Disability and Inclusion Trainer, Arts Coaching Training


Room two

How to win at interviews
Careers

With supply outweighing demand in the sector you need to ensure that once through the door you are able to shine. This workshop shares practical advice on delivering effective interviews and other selection techniques, and explains how to nail them.

Speaker:
Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1630 - 1700

Room one


Tips and techniques for interpretative text
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

Great stories don’t tell themselves. This workshop shares tips on writing for different audiences and techniques to overcome interpretive text challenges.

Speaker:
Bill Bevan, Chairman and Interpretive Writer, Association for Heritage Interpretation


Room two

Babbling Beasts: Creating audio tours
Technology and digital

This interactive workshop demonstrates how to build fun, interactive audio tours using near field communication. No technical skills required!

Speakers:
John Sear, Game Designer, Museum Games
Alice Swatton, Curator (Visual Arts), Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum


Friday 17 November 2017


0930 - 1000

Room One

Embedding young people's perspectives
Learning and engagement

This workshop shares how Harris Transformers, a youth engagement programme, has driven radical changes at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery. Find out how the programme works and how the results are being embedded across the service.

Speakers:
Jon Finch, Project Leader, Re-Imaging the Harris, Preston City Council/Lancashire County Council
Matt Wilde, Blaze Project Manager, Curious Minds


Room two

How to network naturally
Careers

This workshop provides hints and tips to help you to network out of your comfort zone to support your career aspirations and professional development, and to help you develop relationships in and outside the museum sector.

Speaker:
Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1030 - 1100

Room one

Exhibitions that appeal to all ages
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

How can museums develop exhibitions that appeal to adult visitors and families? The team behind Fire! Fire! and Tunnel: the Archaeology of Crossrail at the Museum of London look at how exhibition design, text and interactives can be developed to work for visitors of all ages.

Speakers:
Louise Doughty, Major Exhibitions Project Manager, Museum of London
Elpiniki Psalti, Major Exhibitions Project Manager, Museum of London


Room two

The lure and limitations of 3D digital media
Technology and digital

Based on a project to digitise the Cypriot archaeology collection at the University of St Andrews, this workshop explores the value of 3D digital media from a user perspective and shares the questions that museums need to ask before embarking on similar digitisation projects.

Speakers:
Alison Hadfield, Learning and Access Curator, University of St Andrews
Hannah Sycamore, Research Assistant, University of St Andrews


1130 - 1200

Room one

Developing sustainable learning programmes
Learning and engagement

A look at how the Postal Museum attracted funding for new learning programmes, developed integrated packages with digital resources and interactive workshops, and worked with teachers to ensure a sustainable learning model.

Speakers:
Sally Sculthorpe, School's Learning Manager, Postal Museum


Room two

How to write a successful CV
Careers

This workshop provides a masterclass in writing CVs and job applications. Whatever stage of your career you are at, this session will show you what you can do to get your foot through the door.

Speaker:
Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association


1230 - 1300

Room one

Using storytelling in your museum
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

This workshop explores how and where storytelling can be used to enhance the visitor experience and communicate your collections to audiences in an entertaining and informative way.

Speakers:
Lily Pender, Partner, TheWholeStory
Josh Gaillemin, Partner, TheWholeStory


Room two

Using subtitles to make your museum more accessible
Technology and digital

Providing subtitles for exhibitions, websites and live events can create more inclusive and accessible institutions. This session shares some of the benefits of subtitling, alongside practical guidance on best practice.

Speakers:
Melanie Sharpe, Chief Executive, StageText
Adam Werlinger, Digital Progamme Manager, StageText


1330 - 1400

Room one

Family programmes to boost footfall
Learning and engagement

The Discovery Museum shares how its new family programme is helping to address declining visitor numbers by engaging budding inventors, designers and makers, and a pre-school strand that promotes gender equality and encourages children to dream big.

Speakers:
Sarah Younas, Assistant Digital Officer, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums
Sarah Cotton, Keeper of Contemporary Collecting, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums


Room two

Writing effective briefs for freelancers
Careers

This workshop provides hints and tips for writing a freelance brief, common pitfalls and best practice to enable effective working relationships between freelancers and organisations.

Speakers:
Marge Ainsley, Freelance Consultant
Lyndsey Clark, Freelance Consultant


1430 - 1500

Room one

Creating open storage solutions
Collections, interpretation and exhibition design

A practical introduction to how the Lapworth Museum of Geology has created public access to its repository using visible storage techniques. This workshop covers safety and security issues, collections management, and explains how the space was optimised.

Speakers:
Jon Clatworthy, Director, Lapworth Museum of Geology
Andy Duck, Head of Marketing and Communications, Bruynzeel Storage Systems

Room two

Ten ways to sell more through your online shop

Technology and digital

Online retail presents an enormous opportunity for museums. This workshop shares practical ways to maximise the potential of online gift shops, from design, usability and customer satisfaction.

Speakers:
Alex O’Byrne, Director, We Make Websites
Andrew Smith, Retail Operations Manager, National Portrait Gallery


1530 – 1600

Room one

Exploring the potential in social prescribing
Learning and engagement

Arts and Minds and University of Cambridge Museums share their experiences of embedding visits to museums as part of a social prescribing model. Find out how the programme works and what the benefits and challenges are.

Speakers:
Miranda Stearn, Head of Learning, Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge Museums
Gavin Clayton, Director, Arts and Minds


Room two

How to win at interviews
Careers

With supply outweighing demand in the sector you need to ensure that once through the door you are able to shine. This workshop shares practical advice on delivering effective interviews and other selection techniques, and explains how to nail them.

Speaker:
Tamsin Russell, Professional Development Officer, Museums Association

Registration

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