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Speakers line up to share their expertise at OpenCulture 2014

image: photograph from a conference session at OpenCulture 2013Collections Trust is pleased to announce that it has already secured twenty speakers from across the collections community to participate in this year’s OpenCulture conference on 25-26 June in London. Each speaker will share their considerable knowledge and experience in collections management and address the conference theme of “Putting your collections to work”. Full details are online at

The programme combines keynote sessions with a series of special seminars on key skills in management, collections, informatics, risk management and digital. In addition, there will be a series of short Project Updates from members of the collections community and a new feature for 2014 “The Great Collections Debate”.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair of Arts Council England has confirmed his involvement as a keynote speaker. Other speakers include: Chris Collins, Head of Conservation at the National History Museum; Emily Dodd, Head of Collections Development at IWM; Hadrian Ellory van Decker, Head of Collections at the Science Museum; and Diane Gwilt, Keeper, Collections Services, National Museum Wales.

They will be joined by: Nick Merriman, Director of Manchester Museum; Jeremy Ensor, Commercial Director, Ashmolean; Richard Evans, Director, Beamish, The Living Museum of the North; Chris Vastenhoud, Projects Coordinator, Musées Royaux d’Art et Histoire; and Bill Stockting, Collections Cataloguing Systems & Processing Manager, The British Library.
Full details of those leading “The Great Collections Debate” will be announced in June. The debate will bring together UK and international panellists, who will put the case for and against a highly topical issue.

The conference programme has been designed to focus on practical skills, so that delegates receive significant CPD benefits by attending. In addition they will be able to share their own insights, take part in discussions, network and meet sector suppliers. As bookings are already running at record levels, it’s advised to book now at before the conference is fully booked.