The University of Leicester

Hosted and co-ordinated by the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. Sponsored by The 24 Hour Museum and mwr Ltd .

Web Enabled

Building on the success of the inaugural conference in 2001, this one-day event brought together leading practitioners, policy makers, training providers and commentators, to explore the issues related to building and providing web-based museum content for users of all abilities.

The conference was shaped around five key themes:

* broadband, connectivity and usage
* accessible design
* disability and the web
* the web as an agent of social inclusion
* the strategic development of online museum provision

Thanks to all for making the day a great success.

At: The University of Leicester

On: Thursday 22nd April 2004, 10 am – 5.30 pm.

University of Leicester   24 hour museum    MWR Ltd.


The conference was organised alongside the Leicester Spring School in New Media (April 20-22).


Time Topic Speaker
9.30-10.00 Registration and coffee
10.00-10.30 Introductions and contexts Chair: Debbie Richards (chair of the mcg)
The aims and future of the UK Museums and the Web Mike Lowndes (mcg)
Why today is important for the UK community Jane Finnis (Director, 24 Hour Museum)
Launching the Leicester CPD pack on ‘ICT and Accessibility’ Ross Parry (Lecturer in Museums and New Media, Univeristy of Leicester)
10.30-11.30 Broadband, connectivity and usage: reporting on policy and research Chair: David Dawson (Senior ICT Advisor, MLA)
11.45-1.00 Disability and the web: personal perspectives and testimonies Chair: Marcus Weisen (Disability Development Officer, MLA)
1.00-2.30 Buffet lunch hosted by mwr Ltd
2.30-3.30 Accessible design: practical advice Chair: Jon Pratty (24 Hour Museum)
Daniel Tagg (Culture Online)
Brian Kelly (UK Web Focus)
3.35-4.25 The web as an agent of social inclusion: case studies Chair: Richard Sandell (University of Leicester)
4.40-5.30 The strategic development of on-line provision: a round table discussion Chair: Ross Parry (University of Leicester)
Jemima Rellie (Head of Digital Programmes, Tate)
Gareth Binns (Head of Education and Information, British Museum)
Tom O’Leary (Head of Education, National Archives)
Ailsa Barry (Head of Interactive Media, Natural History Museum)
Gail Durbin (Head of V&A Online, Victoria and Albert Museum)
5.30-5.45 Summaries and conclusions