The Museums Computer Group’s 2013 Museums on the Web conference was held at Tate Modern on 15 November 2013. The theme for UKMW13 was ‘Power to the people’ and the event was sold out a few weeks in advance. Photos, speaker slides and event reports from some lovely attendees are available on our UKMW13 round-up post.

There was also a free, pre-conference meetup open to all on Thursday 14th to provide a fix of digital museum goodness.

A summary of the day’s programme is below. Full details of the sessions (with presentations) and selected speaker biographies are also available.


Time Session Speakers
9.30 Registration. Tea and coffee sponsored by Squiz. Game: ‘Curate-a-Fact’ begins.
10:00-10.20 Chair’s welcome, venue welcome and sponsor welcome Mia Ridge, MCG
John Stack, Tate
Bert Degenhart Drenth, AdLib

Opening Keynote

Lessons the Guardian has learnt about community engagement online

Hannah Freeman, Guardian Community coordinator for culture
10.50-11.20 Tea and coffee break, sponsored by Squiz.

Learn and play (inside and outside the organisation)

Chair: Andrew Lewis, V&A

First Rule: Talking about Computer Club Jesse Alter and Simon Delafond, Imperial War Museums (IWM)
The power of Flickr Commons Nicole Cama, Australian National Maritime Museum
Ten Most Wanted: Hunting down missing information about cultural artefacts Marcus Winter, University of Brighton; Susan Lambert, Arts University Bournemouth; Phil Blume, Adaptive Technologies

MCG Annual General Meeting

12:50-1:50 Lunch break, sponsored by Stickyworld

Lightning talks

Chair: Irida Ntalla

Jane Finnis, Culture24 – Let’s Get Real.
James Morley- GathrIt, a prototype toolset to enable discovery, crowdsourcing and sharing across cultural collections
Sarah Saunders, Electric Lane- Attribution – the scandal of lost images on the web
Marcus Winter, University of Brighton- Social Object Labels
Franziska Mucha, Historisches Museum Frankfurt – Frankfurt Now! an interactive city mode

Grassroots meets technology

Chair: Anra Kennedy

Using algorithms and people to put a large radio archive on the web Tristan Ferne, BBC Research & Development
‘A great place: a lawless hole with rancid drinks and reckless drunks…’ Multiple voices, multiple memories: Public history-making and activist archivism in online popular music archives. Paul Long, Birmingham Music Archive / Birmingham City University
3:10-3:40 Tea and coffee break, sponsored by Squiz

Communities and citizen history

Chair: Juno Rae, Museum of London

Crowdsourcing a Community Collection (and the After Effects) Kate Lindsay, Alun Edwards & Ylva Berglund-Prytz, University of Oxford
IT buddies, virtual volunteers and super-users: Building an online community for Britain from Above Sandra Brauer, English Heritage
Diaries of the First World War: Citizen history on the Western Front Jim O’Donnell (Oxford University)

Closing Keynote

Michael John Gorman, Science Gallery
5:20-5:30 Wrap-up and close

By remaining in touch with the cutting edge of research, the politics of policy, as well as the day-to-day realities of professional work, UKMW continues to appeal to practitioners and academics, technologists and curators, policy makers and the commercial sector – with 100s of delegates from across the sector attending each year. The event has built its reputation on the calibre of its speakers, the affordability and accessibility of its content, as well as the focus of its debate.

This year, we’ve integrated a short fast-paced game to keep your minds ticking over and help you meet fellow UKMW attendees, beginning during registration, and providing a creative challenge over the coffee break.  More details when you arrive!

Pre-conference evening event

To get your juices flowing ahead of UK Museums on the Web 2013, we have our traditional, well-loved pre-conference bash. This is an open, informal event and a great opportunity to meet and mix with conference attendees.

This year, we’re afloat on the bridge of the ship Tattershall Castle. Join us on Thursday 14 November 2013 from 6.30pm for an evening of drinks, networking and some fun talks. Sessions start at 8.00pm. Find out more about ‘museum geeks on a boat’.

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 We are grateful to our sponsors for their support

With many thanks to our UKMW13 sponsors, Axiell Adlib & CALMscaled
Break Time sponsors, Squizsquiz_logo Lunch Time sponsors, Stickyworldstickyworld_logo