MCG’s Museums+Tech 2017

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

Our call for papers is now open and closes on 30 April, so get your proposal in asap! This is a great opportunity to share what you have been working on with colleagues and get their feedback. We always try to have a mixture of veteran speakers and first time speakers, showcase both big budget projects and impact achieved on a shoestring, and share experiences from a variety fo organisations including volunteer, council, university, independent and national museums, heritage organisations and cultural venues.

On this page we’ll keep you updated with all the latest conference news:

  • Who’s speaking
  • How to get tickets
  • Where the drinks are!

Don’t forget members get advance warning of ticket sales and a discounted delegate rate, so join up now to make sure you don’t miss out.

Tech in a divided world

This year’s theme is “tech in a divided world”. 2017 is set to be a challenging year – personally, politically, economically and socially – as the Brexit referendum and international elections made long-standing divisions in society impossible to ignore. 2016 shows that what we know about the state of the world is affected by where we live, our education, and by how we get our news. Museums, too, operate in polarised societies. Our 2017 conference asks whether digital experiences, collections and exhibitions can help create a shared understanding of our world.

At this year’s conference we will be asking: 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 a divided world? Can museums provide a shared space where those with a range of world views recognise themselves, or where the impact of the ‘filter bubble’ may be reduced – and if so, can digital experiences have the same impact?

2017 also marks the Museum Computer Group’s 35th anniversary, so we’ll also be discussing how different museums are in 2017 from 1982 (or even 2007) because of the technologies and practices developed since then?

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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