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The MCG’s annual Museums+Tech conference is a highlight of the year in museum technology.
Since 1982 our events have been a place to learn about the technologies and social innovations that are going to change museums while meeting other sector professionals in a friendly environment. They are a chance to catch up with old friends, put faces to names and to be inspired by the latest projects and research in museum technology and digital heritage.
Formerly UKMW (UK Museums on the Web), Museums+Tech is an affordable national one-day conference aimed at inspiring, provoking and connecting people who work with the web and other technologies in museums. Find out what people learned at Museums+Tech 2016.
Why do people love our events?
People speak frankly:
‘If you don’t like working with moving targets, digital is probably not the place for you’ @CassieLouise laying down some truth at #UKMW15
We get practical demonstrations:
‘Poor man’s augmented reality’—using accelerometers in mobiles to demo how sextants work. Cool! #UKMW15
Collaboration and creativity are encouraged:
‘No need to reinvent the wheel. Our code is on GitHub. Feel free to make it better. Please.’ #UKMW15
Funders pay tribute to our delegates’ abilities and enthusiasm:
‘A lot of you are digitally aware, competent, ambitious… Some organisations don’t have people like that.’ (Yet?) #UKMW15
You can hear from people who’ve planned digital projects like yours:
Digital exhibitions often need as much thought, research etc as physical exhibitions – @rhumsaachick #UKMW15
Learn how ideas are sparked for new digital products:
“People’s visits get better when curator Stephen is giving the tour, telling stories, making connections. A Stephen in your pocket?” #UKMW15
Our speakers reflect on the role of technology in museums:
We put tech in museums why? Novelty? Toy? Headache? It can be the villain of the piece, but also it lead us to new places #UKMW15
Quick online experiments can lead to lasting benefits:
#UKMW15 collaboration between museums=sharing amongst professionals in diff institutions AND sharing audiences #MuseumInstaSwap
Who wouldn’t be inspired?
Maker workshops in the middle of the gallery – opening dialogues between generations from retired engineers to arduino coders #UKMW15
Speakers benefit too – Nick Poole was even inspired to write a book based on his proposal for our UKMW12 conference.
What else do people say about our events?
‘I have found the events MCG organise inspirational and a great way to network with the broader digital museums community’ – Jessica Suess
‘As long as technology moves as fast as Mercury, museums will need the MCG to help them catch up’ – Holly Parsons
‘Diverse and exciting talks […] What I really liked was Rebecca’s acknowledgment of the challenges and the methods she had used to help overcome them’ – University of Cambridge Museums
‘wonderful and inspiring’ – Nicole Cama
‘The day was good value for money, had a great location – both for being in the middle of a great museum and having good facilities, and was well planned time wise. I met some lovely people who gave me helpful suggestions of contacts to make and technologies to try, and learned so much I need more hours in the day to look over my notes and try out the projects discussed!’ – Linda Logan, Culture and Crafts
‘A full-on intense day, very rich in insights and amazing sharing of experiences, was crowned by a wonderful slow-paced closing keynote’ – Kasia Kwiatkowska
‘engaging and well-planned’ – Alex Moseley
Recent past events:
- Museums+Tech 2016 was at the Wellcome Collection on 19 October 2016
- UKMW15 at the British Museum on October 26, 2015
- UKMW14 was held at the Natural History Museum on November 7, 2014.
- UKMW13 ‘Power to the people’ was at the Tate Modern on November 15, 2013
- ‘Engaging Visitors Through Play’ at the University of Ulster, Belfast in Spring 2013
- UK Museums on the Web: UKMW12 ‘Strategically Digital’ Programme was held at the Wellcome Collection.
MCG Spring events
The spring event is held at venues around the country to give members a chance to attend at least once a year. Getting out of London for our spring events helps us engage with regional museum communities. We also tend to focus on a specific theme – for example in 2015 we were hosted by Cambridge University Museums and focused on the ‘Cult of Innovation‘, in 2014 we met at the MShed in Bristol to discuss ‘Going Mobile‘.
You can make a difference to the museum sector by sponsoring our events, offering a venue, or joining our programme committees. Sponsors help us make our events as affordable and accessible as possible. This is especially important for the Spring Event where we try to engage colleagues working in smaller museums in the local area. In return we offer opportunities to raise awareness of your organisation with our members, and the opportunity to attend our conference to network and improve your understanding of the sector’s priorities.