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MCG Spring 2016 event: Life with digital projects

How can we ensure digital projects are sustainable and have lasting impact?

Friday May 6 2016

This event took place at York’s historic Hospitium on 6 May 2016.


10.15-10.45 – Registration with tea and coffee

10.45-11.00 – Chair’s Welcome (Dr. Mia Ridge, Chair, MCG / Digital Curator, British Library) and Venue Welcome (Martin Fell, York Museums Trust)

11.00-11.45 – Keynote: Charlotte Sexton, ‘Life post-launch: how to tackle a digital hangover’

11.45-12.45 – Session 1: working in context

Chair: Jennifer Ross

Reverse engineering the updateatron! Mark Pajak, Head of Digital, Bristol Museums

Taking ownership of digital exhibitions Jennifer Townshend, Digital Content Editor, and Dan Q, Web & CMS Developer, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

The DiNAR project: Meaningful Mixed Reality for Heritage Gareth Beale, Researcher, Centre for Digital Heritage/Digital Creativity Labs, University of York

12.45-13.45 – Lunch (with optional museum visit)

13.45-14.45 – Session 2: working with others – part I

Chair: Jo Pugh

From Digital Beaver to Digital Diva Graham Davies, Digital Programmes Manager, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Sharing knowledge for digital sustainability Ivan Teage, Digital Development Manager, Natural History Museum

Adrift on a Silver Sea: Developing HLF funded digital projects with purpose Lucy Yates, Programme Manager, and Chris King, Digital Programmes Producer, National Maritime Museum

14.45-15.15 – Tea and coffee

15:15-16:00 – Session 3: working with others – part II

Chair: Jennifer Layton

Digal – just add ‘IT’ Anjanesh Babu, Systems Architect and Network Manager, Oxford University Museums

Don’t get a plumber they said. You’ll save lots of money they said. Andrew Larking, Creative Director, and Simon Wakeman, Managing Director, Deeson

16.00-16:45 – ‘outsourcing digital heritage projects is more harm than help’

Chair: Kath Biggs

With Nick Clarey, CEO, Atrium / Airsource, Simon Wakeman, Chris King and Mark Pajak

17.00 –  #DrinkingAboutMuseums

Why attend

About our Spring 2016 workshop theme

Museums have invested in digital projects for exhibitions, events, audience interactions, collections management and more. Core budgets rarely stretch to major website rebuilds, developing new digital interactives, creating online collections portals or launching a digital picture library. But, fortunately, myriad funders, from government to trusts and foundations to philanthropists, are willing to provide project funding for museums to complete this necessary work. But what happens the day after a project launches? How do museums integrate project activity into their core business? How do individual projects impact on the museums and organisational practice as a whole? And a year after launch, what traces remain of the lessons learnt?



Event management: Brian Moss, Katherine Biggs
Programme: Mia Ridge, Jessica Suess, Sarah Middle, Brian Moss
Marketing: Rosie Clarke, Sarah Middle
Bursaries: Brian Moss
Sponsorship: Ivan Teage

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