(ii) Model wears a Samsung Gear VR headset in the British Museum’s Great Court. © The Trustees of the British Museum

Latest technological developments to be shared at MA conference

Rebecca Atkinson, 17.08.2015

MP workshops to explore 3D printing, virtual reality and iBeacons

Examples of how cutting-edge technology is being used in museums in the UK and abroad will be shared at the Museums Association (MA) Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham as part of a free programme of workshops.

Thirty MP workshops will take place in the exhibition area of the event at Birmingham International Convention Centre on 5 and 6 November. The practical and case-study led workshops are free for exhibition visitors, exhibitors and conference delegates to attend.

Technology is a strong theme in this year’s programme, with workshops such as how to run successful crowdfunding campaigns, tips on using Google Analytics more effectively and using tablets to support schools’ museum visits.

During the two-day programme, the University of Leicester and Leicester Arts and Museums Service will share their experiences of developing location-based digital interpretation using iBeacons, while Surface Impression and Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove will discuss user-centred design in the development of new museum websites.

With virtual reality tipped as a big growth area for museums, Juno Rae, education manager of the British Museum's Samsung Digital Learning Programme, and Iwan Peverett, a heritage consultant at Soluis, will deliver a practical workshop looking at how virtual reality can be used to enhance the visitor experience and engage a wider audience.

Nikolaos Maniatis, the founder of Museotechniki, will share his advice on how museums can develop toolkits for 3D printing.

There will also be workshops from Birmingham Museums Trust on its work turning collections data into engaging digital experiences and implementing a new content management system.

Will Adams, the MA’s head of commercial activities, said: “MP workshops offer practical, insightful and case study-led content covering the wide spectrum of museum practice. Technology forms a strong theme in the programme this year, and we’re delighted to feature some really exciting areas of work, such as virtual reality and 3D printing.

“We know from past experience that MP workshops are really popular with visitors and delegates, so I would encourage everyone to look at the programme and ensure they take advantage of the great selection of free sessions that we have available.”

Entry to the MA exhibition is free for delegates and registered visitors.


MP workshop programme

Birmingham 2015 conference guide

Register as an exhibition visitor (non-delegates only)