MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017

Museums+Tech 2017 will be held at the Imperial War Museum, London, on Friday 3 November 2017.

Tickets for this year’s Museums+Tech conference go on sale on June 26, so book your tickets on the Eventbrite page. Standard tickets cost £150, but members get the reduced delegate fee of £120. Plus, we are able to offer a limited number of early bird tickets for members at only £95 – so book now to get the best rate!! Not a member? Join now! It’s free!

There are still sponsorship opportunities available if you would like to support the organisation and raise the profile of your organisation with the community. To find out more email

Tech in a divided world

This year’s programme brings together an eclectic and provocative group of speakers who will both share practical lessons from their own experience and pose challenges to existing practice across the sector. We think you will come away from this year’s event both inspired and challenged, with a list of ideas to trail in your own organisation. Themes will include accessibility-led explorations of touch and sound through 3D printing and #other technologies; fake news and the role of museums in a post-truth world; chat bots and pushing the conversation beyond conventional walls; digital literacy and its impact on organizational change; and much more!

Get a taste of this year’s programme… (more details will be released soon)

09.30 – Registration

10.00 – Chair’s Welcome

10.05 – Opening Keynote – WATCH OUT FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

10.50 – Session One: Fake News and Post Truth

Questioning museums’ responsibilities to truth in a ‘post-truth’ world
Sarah Huws, Dayfdd James, Allie John and Jenny Kidd, Digital Media Team @ Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Fact of fake: an exhibition about the working of news
Karen Drost, Specialist Interactive Presentations / Curator of Exhibition, Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

11.30 – Break

12.00 – Session Two: Challenging Expectations

The Man in the Mirror and the death of the label: how developing low cost digital gallery interactives helped a museum understand the value of playful narrative over literal description
Kevin Bacon, Digital Manager, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton and Hove

Critical Digital Museum Practice in the Context of New Capitalism: Tactics, Strategies and Case Studies
Alexandra Reynolds, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Southampton Solent University

Making Contact: Digital experiments with visitor donations
Robert Cawston, Head of Digital Media, National Museums Scotland

Will you start the fans please? Museums meet Live Escape Games!
John Sear, Game Designer, Museum Games

13.00 – Lunch and AGM

14.15 – Session Three: Dealing with distance (lightning talks)

Museum in a box: Digital Remembrance
John Murray, Learning Programmes Manager, Jewish Museum, London

Popping Up: New Ways to Animate Old Spaces
Lucy Yates, Programme Manager, Travellers’ Tails, National Maritime Museum

Democratising Museums
Abira Hussein, Transforming Archive Trainee, London Metropolitan Archives

Sensing Culture: Sensory Access to Art and Museums
Susan Griffiths, Community Engagement Officer, Oxford University Museums

Technology as empowerment tools for visually impaired visitors: an embodied museum experience
Raffaella Cecilia, PhD Candidate, UCL

Powerful visitor experiences in hybrid spaces
Jo Morrison, Programme Director: Digital Innovation, Calvium

15.00 – Break

15.30 – Session Four: Sound and Chat

You can put them in a chat room but you can’t make them talk
Adam Sibbald, Learning Producer, Historic Royal Palaces

Getting the message out there: telling Anne Frank’s life story with a messenger bot
Lotte Belice Baltussen, Project Manager, Digital Strategy, Anne Frank House

space=sound. A plea for holistic sound scenography
Johannes Helberger, Founder / Spacial Sound Artists, kling, klang,klong

Anagram – immersive experience, creative collective and the Imperial War Museum
May Abdalla and Amy Rose, Co-Directors, Anagram; Susie Thornberry, Assistant Director, Imperial War Museum

16.30 – Closing Plenary: Looking (back to look) forward – WATCH OUT FOR MORE DETAILS!

17.00 – Close – but make sure you stick around for drinks!!



Why Attend?

Why join the friendly delegates at Museums+Tech 2017? We think you’ll have a great time, learn lots and meet fascinating people. But if you beed to make the case to your boss, or include something in your professional development plan, here’s why we think Museums+Tech is an essential part of your museum learning this year…

Museums+Tech is for all professionals in the museums sector who work with, or are just curious about, how to use digital technology for the benefit of their organisations and audiences.

It’s an opportunity to hear what others across the sector (and outside) are doing, to identify opportunities for collaboration, and to meet colleagues working on similar projects, familiar with the same obstacles and opportunities.

Museums+Tech conferences have a proven track record in highlighting best practice in digital cultural heritage through engaging presentations, providing inspiring keynote speakers from within and beyond the sector, and in offering delegates the opportunity to network and learn from each other in a supportive environment.

But don’t take our word for it – here’s what attendees said about the conference in previous years

‘I have found the events MCG organise inspirational and a great way to network with the broader digital museums community’ – Jessica Suess

‘A full-on intense day, very rich in insights and amazing sharing of experiences…’ – Kasia Kwiatkowska

‘As long as technology moves as fast as Mercury, museums will need the MCG to help them catch up’ – Holly Parsons

We’ve also been known to get some amazing international keynote speakers that you rarely have a chance to hear speak in the UK. Last year’s keynote was from Shelley Bernstein, previously of Brooklyn Museum and now Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation, and Sebastian Deterding, an international designer of curiosity. Watch videos of last year’s talks on your YouTube channel.

Annual General Meeting

It’s at Museums+Tech that MCG holds its Annual General Meeting (AGM), which is your opportunity to find out what the committee has been doing for the sector over the last 12 months, steer MCG’s direction for the coming year, and even join the committee if you are so inclined. You need to me a member of MCG to vote in the AGM, so make sure you sign up as a member before the conference on our membership page.

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