Visitors looking at a painting in the National Gallery

MCG’s Museums+Tech 2018: the collaborative museum

Friday October 19 2018

National Gallery, London

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2018 has heralded the #CultureisDigital report from DCMS which highlights how digital can work within the cultural sector as a springboard for wider engagement, and an expansion of museums’ potential as a tool to effect change. It identifies the cultural sector and technology as “the ultimate power couple”. With this remit in mind, our 2018 conference is asking whether digital in museums can open up our institutions to collaboration and democratisation.

How can a collaborative and participatory approach to projects, whether from within your institution, or partnered with external agencies or local communities, invite new audiences, bring higher quality content, and provide museums with important learning experiences for the future?

Can museums and technology help to create a progressively universalised museum with better access and broader audiences? Can it be the catalyst for active as opposed to passive participants?

What is the role of digital technologies and platforms, whether social media, mobile apps, websites, gallery guides, publications, podcasts, videos, or virtual or augmented reality experiences in creating a collaborative museum?

Lead image: ©The National Gallery, London. Photograph taken by James Ross.

Use of the National Gallery is by kind permission of the Trustees and Director of the National Gallery


09.30 – Registration

10.00 – Chair’s Welcome: Dafydd James

10.05 – Venue Welcome

10:10 – Opening Keynote (TBA)

10.50 – Session 1: External Collaborations

English Heritage and Google Arts and Culture
Elizabeth Bullock – Senior Digital Manager (Curatorial) (English Heritage)

Lost at Sea of Wikipedia: how cultural organisations navigate the impact of working with open knowledge
Daria Cybulska – Head of Programmes (Wikimedia UK)

11.30 – Coffee break and networking

12.15 – Session 2: Creative Collaborations

Exploring the Potential of Digital Making: a collaborative project at the University of Cambridge Museums
Kate Noble – Education Officer and Ina Pruegel – Digital Engagement Specialist (both University of Cambridge Museums)

Democratising Data: How RE·THINK Digital will generate a collaborative approach to decision making with our visitors at the helm
Joanna Salter – Senior Manager, Participation (Royal Museums Greenwich)

Soundwalking the Museum: from UK to SK
Michal Čudrnák – Head of Digital Collections and Services (Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava) and Jonathan Prior – Lecturer in Human Geography (School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University)

13.15 – Lunch and AGM

14.15 – Session 3: Lightning Talks – 7 for 7

The People Have Spoken
Katherine Biggs – Lead Digital Project Manager and Navjot Mangat – Communities Interpretation and Research Advocate (both Royal Museums Greenwich)

Generous Interfaces Evaluated
Aron Ambrosiani – Digital Media Producer (The Nordic Museum) and Albin Larsson – Operations Developer (Swedish National Heritage Board)

Digital Commemoration: IWM and the First World War Centenary
Charlotte Czyzyk – Project Manager, Lives of the First World War and Katie Childs – Head of Partnerships and Strategic Relations (both Imperial War Museums)

Disrupting the Archive: the @lgbt_history project and the co-opting of Instagram as an archival space
Lauren Bassam – Assistant Producer (Art + Tech)/Masters Student (University of Sussex)

Clash or collaboration? Letting game designers into the museum
Owen Gower – Museum Manager (The Jenner Trust; Dr Jenner’s House, Museum and Garden)

Connecting Collections: exposing objects in a Linked Data search engine
Rebecca Kahn – Director of Collections (Pelagios Commons and Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin)

Doing us the Power of Good? Ethics, sustainability, and continuing GLAM reliance on Google and Facebook
Jon Pratty – PhD Candidate (University of Sussex)

15.30 – Coffee break and networking

16.00 – Session 4: In-House Collaboration and the State of the Sector

How the Serpentine Galleries Mobile Tours have helped bring about internal collaboration and organisational change
Rosie Cardiff – Senior Digital Producer (Serpentine Galleries)

Seeding A Culture of Collaboration
Sarah Younas – Digital Programmes Officer (Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

Structuring for Digital Success
Kati Price – Head of Digital Media and Publishing (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Democratic innovation? Diversifying museum audiences through participatory digital practice
Jennifer Wexler – Digital Research Project Producer (British Museum) and Chiara Bonacchi – Lecturer in Heritage (University of Stirling)

17.00 – Closing Panel: What are the Barriers to Collaboration?

Daniel Pett – Head of IT & Digital (Fitzwilliam Museum); Kati Price – Head of Digital Media and Publishing (Victoria and Albert Museum); Rosie Cardiff – Senior Digital Producer (Serpentine Galleries), and Sarah Younas – Digital Programmes Officer (Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums)

17.30 – Conference ends

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