MCG’s Museums+Tech 2016 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Museums+Tech 2016 Keynotes

Opening keynote: Sebastian Deterding

Sebastian Deterding (@dingstweets) is a designer and researcher working on playful and motivational design for human flourishing. Founder and principal designer of the design agency coding conduct, he has created engaging experiences touching millions of users for clients including the BBC, BMW, Deutsche Telekom, and KLM. He is a senior research fellow at the Digital Creativity Labs at the University of York. Sebastian will share his expertise on ‘Designing for Curiosity’. We think his wide, international perspective and deep expertise in design is the perfect opening to the day.

Closing keynote: Shelley Bernstein

Shelley Bernstein (@shell7) is the Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives and Chief Experience Officer at the Barnes Foundation, a fine arts and horticulture museum, where she joined the staff in 2016. In this newly created role, she aims to embed visitor-centred thinking throughout every aspect of the organisation with the goal to deepen a visitor’s engagement before, during and after a visit to the Barnes. In her former position at the Brooklyn Museum she spearheaded digital projects with public participation at their centre. Shelley is an award-winning technologist, was named one of the 40 Under 40 in Crain;s New York Business, and her work has been featured in the New York Times.

Session 1 speakers

Rhiannon-01Rhiannon Looseley (@rlooseley) is the Digital Learning Project Manager at the Museum of London. Previously working at the British Postal Museum & Archive, in two previous roles at the Museum of London and on the committee of the Museums Computer Group, Rhiannon has over ten years’ experience of using digital technology to enhance museums’ learning potential. In her current role she is jointly responsible for the museum’s digital learning strategy, taking a particular lead on online learning resources and the use of technologies in facilitated learning. For the last year, Rhiannon has worked full-time leading on the Fire of London website, an ambitious complex partnership project with a very tight timescale.

JoshJosh Blair (@josh__blair) is the Digital Learning Coordinator at the Museum of London. Having previously worked at The Story Museum, The Genealogical and Biographical Society in New York and Imperial War Museums, Josh joined the Museum of London in March 2015. He supports the use of digital in facilitated learning sessions across the museum’s three sites and the development of online learning resources. Josh also works with colleagues on piloting new initiatives and running a series of digital skills sessions for Learning staff to increase digital literacy and confidence. He has pioneered the introduction of Minecraft in the museum’s learning sessions and led on the Great Fire 1666 Minecraft project.


  • Elaine Macintyre, National Museums Scotland
  • Rosie Clarke, Culture24

Session 2 speakers

Russell DornanRussell Dornan (@RussellDornan) is Web Editor at Wellcome Collection, and looks after their website, blog and social media channels. He’s responsible for commissioning and editing digital content and for developing digital projects related to exhibitions and other work carried out at Wellcome Collection. Russell is particularly interested in using Instagram and audience participation in creative or unexpected ways.

AnnaLoweAnna Lowe (@_smartify) has worked in museum education and arts project management ranging from Argentina’s National Gallery of Fine Art to the Creative Industries Federation. She was selected as a Clore Emerging Leader 2016 and is interested is on understanding the shifts taking place around new technology and how this can provide value to visitors and audiences in arts venues.

JasonsmallJason Evans is currently the Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Wales (@Wiki_NLW). Evans studied Art and Design at West Wales School of Art before beginning his career in readers services at the National Library in 2006. Jason also works freelance as a professional Genealogist. Since being appointed Wikimedian in Residence in January 2015 Evans has worked with the library and its partners to introduce Open Access policies, to host public events to improve Wikipedia content using Library collections and has overseen the release of thousands of digital images into the public domain resulting in over 100 million image views.

Sarah ColeSarah Cole is a ‘Creative Geek for Cultural Heritage’, founder of TIME/IMAGE (@time_image), and recently Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the British Library. Her diverse interests, including games and publishing as well as heritage, inform her work.

JamesLloydJames Lloyd is a Classics PhD student at the University of Reading, studying music in ancient Sparta. He volunteers at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, where he works on the 3D visualisation of the collection.

Photo of Andrew LarkingAndrew Larking (@Andrew_Larking) has been working in the creative industries for 18 years and his experience spans working agency as well as client-side. His varied roles covered visual effects for film and television, teaching, human/computer interaction design, digital strategy and creative direction. His client list includes: The Royal Household, SKODA, Google, Microsoft, NMSI Group, The British Library, The National Archives, Kew Gardens, GOV.UK, Kingspan, Robbie Williams, Porsche, The Natural History Museum, OfCom, City & Guilds, Westminster Palace, Vertu, Edinburgh Napier University, Nationwide. Andrew has won a BAFTA for his design for The National Archives, as well as twice winning Site of the Year for the culture sector.

chloe-roberts-square-imgChloe Roberts (@chloerabbits) is Digital Analyst for Wellcome Collection and Library. Chloe keeps an eye on what users are doing online and provides the rest of the User Experience team with insights on user behaviour and trends in the usage of digitised materials. Chloe’s especially interested in how non-academics find and engage with digitised items from Wellcome’s collections online.

Session 3a speakers

Sarah YounasSarah Younas (@sarahyounas) is Assistant Digital Officer at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, an organisation managing nine museums, galleries and an archives service. Her work involves collaborating with a wide range of departments, artists, technologists and communities to develop exciting, bespoke, authentic museum experiences for physical and virtual audiences. Sarah has a background in filmmaking and is interested in how storytelling and the creation of new narratives have the power to connect us to the past, to each other and help us to find our place in the world.


  • Martin Fell, York Museums Trust
  • Katharine Alston, Imperial War Museums

Session 3b speakers

Lucy MooreLucy Moore (@CuratorLucy) is Projects Curator for Leeds Museums & Galleries (@LeedsMuseums), for the last three years her focus has been on delivering commemorative activities looking at the history of Leeds and the First World War.

Vahur Puik ambrotüüp Tarmo VirvesVahur Puik (@puik) has been working as a photographer and then in several Estonian museums on positions related to exhibitions and photographic collections. As his academic background is cultural geography he has been drawn to landscape issues in connection to both photography and museums. As a long time digital optimist he has been carefully following the global trends in digitising (photographic) heritage, participatory museum approach and crowdsourcing. Since the end of 2012 he has been dedicated full time to developing (@Ajapaik) – a gamified crowdsourcing platform for geotagging and rephotographing historic pictures. In spring 2015 they created a new participatory tagging app

PhotoRob Cawston (@cawston) is Interim Head of Digital Media at National Museums Scotland.  His role involves digital product development across the organisation’s four museums, including a wide variety of website builds, online game development, film production and in-gallery interactives. With over 12 years experience in the arts and not-for-profit sectors he has previously worked as digital lead for BAFTA, Chatham House and the Royal Institution.

Kate Noble, Sarah-Jane Harknett, Naomi Chapman

Kate Noble, Sarah-Jane Harknett, Naomi Chapman

Kate Noble, Sarah-Jane Harknett, Naomi Chapman work in the learning teams of three contrasting University of Cambridge museums. Kate has led a number of UCM wide projects and works as Education Officer at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Naomi moved into the museum sector after 20 years in teaching and runs the schools and community programme at the Polar Museum. Sarah-Jane co-ordinates gallery evaluation projects across the UCM and runs the education and outreach programme at MAA.

Ronald Ashri has been building complex applications for universities and cultural institutions for the past 10 years. Working with institutions such as the Princeton Museum of Modern Art, UCLA Digital Libraries and McGill University he built tools ranging from visualisations of research results, the creation and use of semantic web ontologies to describe data and advanced search techniques to surface resources in digital libraries. Ronald holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southampton.


Some of the organisations represented at the event

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