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OpenCulture 2013: Programme

How can Collections Management power the Participatory Museum of tomorrow?

A number of senior-level speakers have already confirmed their involvement in this year’s programme. Further topics and speakers will be added to reflect latest developments prior to the conference. Keep up to date by signing up to the Collections Link e-newsletter or follow us on twitter @OpenCulture2013. Book your place now!

Day One is immediately below. Click here for Day Two.



09.00 – 10.00 Registration, Refreshments and Trade Fair 
10.00 – 10.05 Welcome from Collections Trust
Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust
10.05 – 10.15 Welcome from Arts Council England
Scott Furlong
, Director, Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections Unit, Arts Council England
10.15 – 11.00 The Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge: opening up information at the Smithsonian
Deron Burba, Chief Information Officer, Smithsonian Institution
11.00 – 11.30 Refreshments and Trade Fair
11.30 – 13.00 The Digital Transformation
Projects and initiatives which make use of digital platforms and media to engage audiences with collections.

Stuart Dempster, Director, Strategic Content Alliance, JISC

Beth Harris, Dean of Art and History, Smarthistory at Khan Academy

Steven Zucker, Dean of Art and History, Smarthistory at Khan Academy

Merete Sanderhoff, Statens Museum for Kunst, the National Gallery of Denmark
13.00 – 14.15 Lunch and Trade Fair
Participatory Collections Management
Martin Harrison-Puttnam, Senior Curator, London Transport Museum
Collections Management in Practice
Hadrian Ellory van Dekker, Head of Collections, Science Museum
14.15 – 15.15 Supporting Professional Practice in Diversity


  • Helen Weinstein, Founding Director, IPUP: The Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past
  • Nick Stanhope, Chief Executive, History Pin
  • Timothy Vickers, Collections Care Officer, Luton Culture
Panel Q&A with delegates

Security and Access: Getting the Balance Right
William Brown, National Security Adviser, Arts Council England


Energy Efficiency: Better Business and Collections?
Casimir (KH) Iwaszkiewicz, Principal, C&I Associates

15.15 – 15.45 Quickfire Updates: Participatory Projects
Facilitator: Nick Stanhope
, HistoryPin
A quick round-up from those working on participatory projects
Quickfire Updates: Collections Management Projects
A quick round-up from those working on five key Collections Management projects
15.45 – 16.15 Refreshments and Trade Fair


16.15 – 17.45 SPECTRUM Community Gathering
Facilitated by Alex Dawson, Standards Programmes, Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust and Susie Hillhouse
Presented by Securitas, this special seminar will include presentations by expert speakers, video content, and a Case Study.

It will help delegates recognise and address security issues and safeguard their collections.
19.30 – 22.30 Conference Reception and presentation of the CT Awards 2013 to celebrate the very best collections practice

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09.00 – 10.00 Registration and Trade Fair
10.00 – 10.05 Welcome from Collections Trust
Nick Poole, CEO Collections Trust
10.05 – 10.30 Keynote Presentation
The Digital Opportunity at the Imperial War Museum
Diane Lees, Director General, IWM and Chair, National Museums Directors Council
10.30 – 11.00 Keynote Presentation 
Culture Action Europe
Luca Bergamo, Secretary General, Culture Action Europe
11.00 – 11.30 Refreshments and Trade Fair
Collections Skills for the Future
Caroline Reed, Museum and Heritage Consultant
Museums as Digital Publishers
Chair Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust
11.30 – 12.00 Collections Management skills for the future
Alex Dawson, Standards Programmes, Collections Trust
The CIDOC CRM and the British Museum
Dominic Oldman, Deputy Head of Information Systems, British Museum
12.00 – 12.30 The HLF Skills for the Future Programme
Fiona Talbott, Head of Museums, Libraries and Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund

Is Digital Asset Management the new Collections Management?
Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust
12.30 – 13.00 Consevation Skills for the Future
Alison Richmond, Chief Executive, ICON: the Institute for Conservation

Breandán Knowlton, Programme Manager, Europeana

13.00 – 14.30 Lunch and Trade Fair
New Approaches to Collections
14.30 – 15.00 'Our Museum' programme and 'Revisiting Collections': embedding community participation and the role of collections management
Caroline Reed, Museum and Heritage Consultant and Piotr Bienkowski, Peter Hamlyn Foundation
15.00 – 15.30 Citizen Science and the Role of the Museum
John Jackson, Science Policy Adviser, Natural History Museum
15.30 – 16.00 Museums2020 and Collections
Maurice Davies, Head of Policy and Communications, Museums Association
16.00 – 16.15 Refreshments
16.15 – 16.35 Archive Service Accreditation: a new programme for heritage development
Isabel Wilson, Senior Manager of Quality & Standards, Arts Council England and Melinda Haunton, Programme Manager (Accreditation), The National Archives.
16.35 – 17.00 Going to bed with an 800lb Gorilla
Bill Thompson, journalist, commentator and new media pioneer
17.00 Conference ends
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Please note the OpenCulture 2013 programme is subject to change at any time and without prior notice to reflect latest market developments.