Tuesday 12 November

Programme and booking
0730-0830

Behind-the-scenes breakfast tours

Your choice of Liverpool’s cultural highlights with behind-the-scenes breakfast tours of World Museum, Walker Art Gallery, Victoria Gallery & Museum, Tate Liverpool, John Lennon Art and Design Building (Liverpool John Moores University), the Bluecoat and the Open Eye Gallery.

Places are limited and are available on a first-come first served basis. Meet at the venue.

0815-0845
What next?

Hall 4a

What Next? is a new movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK to discuss the role and value of culture in society.

The movement aims to engage the public in new conversations about how and why culture is important, and become a catalyst for fresh thinking and new policy ideas.

So far it encompasses community leaders, politicians, funders, academics and business people, but its organisers would like to see more museum people involved.

Speakers:

Andrea Nixon, executive director, Tate Liverpool

Maurice Davies, head of policy and communications, Museums Association

0900-1000

Plenary debate: Crisis? What crisis?

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Hall 1a

Speakers:

David Fleming, director, National Museums Liverpool

Peter Bazalgette, chair, Arts Council England

1115-1215

Concurrent sessions

The Therapeutic Museum: Take notice

Hall 1a

This session will share how museums can measure and articulate the value of museum engagement on health and wellbeing.

We will question if we are doing enough to promote what museums do, and highlight the positive impact we can make on isolated communities and visitors.

Chair:

Amy de Joia, executive director of development and communications, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Helen Chatterjee, deputy director, UCL Museums and Collections

Kerry Wilson, lecturer/researcher, Centre for Cultural Leadership, Liverpool John Moores University

Tony Butler, director, Museum of East Anglian Life

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Tomorrow’s World: Digital democracy

Room 11

How will trends toward information democratisation and the popularity of interactive and participatory exhibits affect museums in the future?

Three experts will set out the past, present and future of audience participation in museums, leading into an active discussion on the role and impact, benefits and limitations of audience driven technology-based exhibits.

Chairs:

Mark Macleod, head of the Infirmary Museum, University of Worcester

Uta Hinrichs, research fellow, St Andrews’ Computer Human Interaction Group

Speakers:

Ross Parry, senior lecturer, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester

John Ferry, digital and new media manager, Glasgow Museums

Jussi Ängeslevä, vice-creative director, ART+COM and professor, University of Arts (UdK), Berlin

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The Emotional Museum: Hold that thought

Hall 1b

This session aims to show how LGBT culture and stories can be opened up to all visitors.

It will demonstrate how the subject can be a catalyst to encourage emotional engagement with displays and collections and will examine the benefits and challenges this brings.

The session will also reveal how LGBT narratives can give powerful new perspectives on collections, forge mutually beneficial new partnerships and build links with new audiences.

Chair:

Ann Bukantas, head of fine art, Walker Art Gallery, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Richard Sandell, professor of museum studies, University of Leicester

Gary Everett, artistic director, Homotopia

Phil Sayers, artist

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The co-producers – radical change or power games?

Room 3

Co-production is a values-based policy approach to public services. Many museums are now adding co-production to their list of credentials. But what does co-production really mean and is it doing anything radically different?

This session will examine whether museums are learning from how coproduction is being applied in other areas of civic society and ask whether we are less radical now than we were 10 years ago.

Chairs:

Janice Lane, director of learning, exhibitions and digital media, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Victoria Hollows, contemporary arts manager, Glasgow Museums

Speakers: Jan Balsdon, head of community partnerships, the Wallich, homeless charity

Eva Elliott, lecturer in social sciences, Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Ethics, Cardiff University

Sue Cohen, co-investigator productive margins, University of Bristol Law School

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The democratic board

Room 12

With a panel of theatre practitioners and trustees this innovative session uses the game of chess to explore the role of trustees and how they can win resilience for their museum. You won’t need to be a grandmaster to take part.

Chair:

Tim Desmond, chief executive, Galleries of Justice Museum

Speakers:

Richard Clark, chief executive, the Mighty Creatives

Andy Barrow, artistic director, Oddsocks theatre company

Neville Stankley, senior lecturer, Nottingham Trent University

1220-1320

Concurrent sessions

The dragons’ den

Hall 1a

Using the dragon’s den formula, a number of museum professionals will pitch their dynamic ideas to win money to help their museum become more resilient.

Hard-bitten business professionals will critically analyse the proposals and pick the winner.

Dragons:

Nick Winterbotham, chairman, Group for Education in Museums

Mark Macleod, head of the Infirmary Museum, University of Worcester

Andrew Lovett, director, Black Country Living Museum

Stephen Feber, consultant

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Wish you were here

Hall 1b

In a time of increased globalisation why do museums continue to thrive on small islands? Who visits them and why?

Speakers from island museum services will take you on a virtual tour to explore what museums can do to support tourism and unlock local heritage.

Chair:

Edmund Southworth, director, Manx National Heritage

Speakers:

Doug Ford, head of community learning, Jersey Heritage Trust

Jude Dicken, documentation officer, Manx National Heritage

James Moncrieff, chief executive, Shetland Amenity Trust

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Artists and the elastic museum

Room 11

This panel discussion will explore experimental approaches to working site-specifically, encouraging new forms of engagement along the way – from commissioned artists’ projects to thinking about the institution itself as a site-specific entity.

Chair:

Stephen Foster, director, John Hansard Gallery, Southampton

Speakers:

Michael Landy, artist

Judith King, artistic director, Arts&Heritage

Rosie Cooper, project curator, Liverpool Biennial

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First world war centenary commemorations

Room 3

An interactive session to look at how the commemoration plans are evolving for the 100th anniversary of the start of the first world war.

This session will include discussions on how to engage the public, why the commemoration matters, and how to share learning and build a legacy.

Chair:

Gina Koutsika, head of national and international programmes and projects, Imperial War Museums

Speakers:

Hedley Swain, area director South East, Arts Council England

Lori Anderson, relationships and partnerships development manager, Museums Galleries Scotland

Linda Tomos, director, CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales

Chris Bailey, director, Northern Ireland Museums Council

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Grown-ups fight back – a provocation for adult learning

Room 12

Adult learning providers have been rethinking their role and relevance today and this session aims to challenge museums to do the same.

Delegates will be encouraged to come up with responses that will be collated to form a written declaration of aspirations and intentions – a manifesto for adult learning in museums in the 21st century.

Chair:

Esme Ward, head of learning and engagement, Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery

Speakers:

Greg Coyne, regional director (North East and North West), Workers’ Educational Association

Essex Havard, external relationship and fundraising manager, NIACE Dysgu Cymru

Pam Warhurst, chair, Incredible Edible

1430-1500

Keynote: Lucy Worsley

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Hall 1a

Broadcaster and chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces, Lucy Worsley will talk to delegates about her experience of making television programmes.

Worsley has made six series for the BBC and will share her knowledge of being an on-screen curator as well as giving delegates a how-to guide to appearing on TV.

1505-1605

Concurrent sessions

The Therapeutic Museum: Keep learning

Room 11

The prime minister launched his national challenge on dementia in 2012 to highlight the need for a better quality of life for people living with dementia.

800,000 have been diagnosed with dementia and the forecast is that one in three people over 65 years will develop dementia.

This session provides the opportunity to discover how museums can respond, by providing innovative access to collections and art therapy, education resources and training.

Chair:

Carol Rogers, executive director education, communities and visitors, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Claire Benjamin, head of communities, National Museums Liverpool

Douglas Hunter, programme director, Equal Arts, Gateshead

Michelle Ball, active aging officer, Equal Arts, Gateshead

Wendy Gallagher, arts and health coordinator, Whitworth Art Gallery

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Tomorrow’s World: Change lives, change museums

Hall 1a

Following sector-wide and public consultation, the Museums Association has launched Museums Change Lives, its vision of the future impact of museums.

Hear about the difference museums can make and think about the implications for your museum, for staff skills and for the sector.

Chair:

Maurice Davies, head of policy & communications, Museums Association

Speakers:

Esme Ward, head of learning and engagement, Manchester Museum and Whitworth Art Gallery

Frank Olding, heritage officer, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council

John Coburn, digital coordinator, Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums

Hilary Jennings, happiness consultant

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The Emotional Museum: People, passion, pain and pleasure

Hall 1b

During this session we will attempt to round up the ideas and thoughts of the whole Emotional Museum theme with an interactive panel of international and national speakers.

Chair:

David Fleming, director, National Museums Liverpool

Speakers:

Katy Archer, director, People’s History Museum

Amareswar Galla, executive director, International Institute of the Inclusive Museum, Denmark and India

Sarah Smed, Vestergaard the Welfare Museum, Svendborg, Denmark

Christian Lachel, vice president, senior creative director, BRC Imagination Arts, USA

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Dead zoos

Room 3

How can natural history displays be used to engage audiences with environmental sustainability issues?

This session will explore whether museums have a responsibility to campaign on environmental issues and connect museum collections with broader societal concerns.

Chair:

Steve Garland, consultant

Speakers:

Darren Mann, head of life science collections, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Clare Brown, chair, NatSCA

Henry McGhie, head of collections and curator of zoology, Manchester Museum

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Collections twister

Room 12

How and why do collections end up in the museums they do? What impact does this have on their use and value?

This session explores the issues faced when museum collections are distributed, from the impact on national stories to research and aesthetics.

Chair:

Jane Henderson, senior lecturer, Cardiff University

Speakers:

Christian Baars, project officer, Linking Natural Science Collections in Wales

Owain Rhys, contemporary curator, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museums Wales

Michael Freeman, Monument fellow

1640-1715

Closing session: Curtis Watt

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Hall 1a

Performance poet, rapper and author Curtis Watt will close conference with a radical summary of what museums could and should be doing to change lives.

Watt has performed worldwide and also works as a creative coach and arts development leader.

He is the author of a Children’s Guide to Liverpool and is currently coordinating a project which tackles racism throughout Europe using urban arts.

Information and booking

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