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OpenCulture 2014: Conference Programme

image: BookTodayPutting your collections to work

In a time of increasing pressure on museum, archive and library services, it's essential to that you can put your collections to work. This year’s OpenCulture focuses on practical ways you can do this by delivering impact, value and sustainability for your organisations. Also, see the SPECTRUM Community Meeting programme and register to attend.

Day 1 Programme - 25 June 2014

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome to Conference
Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust 
10.05 – 10.10 Welcome from the Arts Council England
Scott Furlong, Director, Acquisitions, Exports, Loans and Collections
10.10 – 10.40
10.40 – 11.15
Keynote presentations
Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust
Hanna Pennock, Senior Programme Manager, Safe Heritage (Netherlands)

11.15 – 11.45


Management Skills

Great archives, libraries and museums need great managers. Building on CT’s successful Collections Management Competency Framework, we will look at the management skills you need to be an effective leader of and champion for collections in your organisation.

Collections Skills

Effective collections management is the key to promoting the sustainability of your organisation. From conservation to pest control and the responsible use of energy, this strand will look at the practical skills Collections Managers need to ensure collections are safe, accessible and sustainable.

11.45– 11.50 Chair, Jeremy Ensor
Commercial Director, Ashmolean Museum
Chair, Diane Gwilt
Keeper, Collections Services, Amgueddfa Cymru, National Museum Wales
11.50 – 12.10 Fun, popular, immersive experiences that people will pay for
Richard Evans
Director, Beamish, the Living Museum of the North
Promoting Environmental Sustainability in the culture sector
Paula Owen
Environmental Sustainability Director, Julie's Bicycle
12.10 – 12.30 The Entrepreneurial Museum
Anna Brennand
Chief Executive, Ironbridge Gorge Museum
Environmental control for collections care in historic houses and small museums
Nigel Blades
Preventive Conservation Adviser (Environment), National Trust
12.30 – 12.50 Rethinking the Museum
Alex Saint
Conservation for All - is a little bit of knowledge dangerous?
Chris Collins
Head of Conservation, Natural History Museum
12.50 – 13.00 Panel Q&A Panel Q&A  
14.15 – 14.45 Communities & Collections

This interactive discussion session will focus on how museums are involving their communities in thinking about collections, from collections development to disposals and conservation.

Chair: Nick Poole, CEO, Collections Trust

Project Updates (Technology)

In a return of our popular rapid-fire format, 3 speakers will present a short overview of exciting technology-based projects, including the highs and lows and what they learnt along the way!

14.45 – 14.50 COMFORT BREAK    
14.50 – 15.45 Informatics Skills

From databases to delivering mobile applications, today’s Collections Manager needs a comprehensive understanding of Information Management. This strand will address key informatics skills, including cataloguing, standards and new approaches to managing and using knowledge about collections.
Risk Management Skills

As every Collections Manager knows, the day-job is all about managing risk. This strand will look at effective strategies for risk management, including how to develop a culture of risk awareness and security consciousness in your organisation.

14.50 – 14.55 Chair, Shaun Osborne
ICT Manager, Fitzwilliam Museum
Chair, Andrew Mitchell
Line Underwriter, Art & Private Clients, Hiscox
14.55 – 15.10 The long and the short of it: Managing museum information
Claire Sussums
Interim Director of Content, Museum of London
Managing Risk in Small Museums
15.10 – 15.25 Unlocking the Battersea Arts Centre (BAC) Archive
Fonteini Aravani
Battersea Arts Centre
Risk and Resilience in Museums and Archives
Isobel Hunter

Head of Engagement, National Archives
15.25 – 15.40 The Power of Standards: integration and discovery of the British Library's archive catalogues
Bill Stockting
Collections Cataloguing Systems and Processing Manager, The British Library
SPECTRUM and Risk Management
Hanna Pennock
Senior Programme Manager, Safe Heritage (Netherlands)
15.40 – 15.50 Panel Q&A Panel Q&A  
Sue Ridley, Head of Collections Services, V&A
Join us at the evening reception for OpenCulture 2014, where we will be announcing the winners of the prestigious Collections Management Awards!

Day 2 Programme - 26 June 2014

09.30 – 10.00 Keynote presentation: Collections, new opportunities and challenges
Sir Peter Bazalgette, Chair, Arts Council England
10.00 – 11.00 OpenCulture Unconference!
Digital activists and museum enthusiasts the Ministry of Curiosity have agreed to facilitate our first ever OpenCulture unconference! Delegates will be asked to put forward proposals for sessions on day 1. Anyone can participate (no pitches!) so be prepared to share your triumphs and challenges on the day.
11.30 – 13.00 Digital Skills

Technology has transformed every area of collections practice. In this strand, we will explore some of the key developments in the field, including the creation and management of sustainable digital content and how best to support the ever-increasing range of channels through which your organisation needs to communicate.

Collections Skills

A collection is a dynamic resource which needs to be actively managed to support the mission of your organisation and the needs of your organisation. Drawing on practice from across the sector, we will look at practical tools for collections development and rationalisation as well as new approaches to collecting.

11.30 – 11.35 Chair, Abhay Adikhari Chair, Hadrian Ellory van Dekker  
11.35 – 11.55 Sorry, it's more complicated than that!
David Walsh
Head of Digital Collections, Imperial War Museum
Who owns your collections?
Janet Ulph
AHRC Research Fellow (Museum Collections) School of Law, University of Leicester
11.55 – 12.15 Building 3D into your Collections Management practice
Chris Vastenhoud
Project Coordinator, Royal Museums of Art and History, Brussels
Using Collections Review and Disposal to shape your collections
Emily Dodd
Imperial War Museum
12.15 – 12.35 Digital Asset Management and your Museum
Tom Bilson
Courtauld Institute
A case study in developing commercial partnerships
Tony Trehy
Director, Bury Art Museum and Bury Scultpure Centre
12.35 – 13.00 Panel Q&A Panel Q&A  
14.30 – 15.00 Storytelling with Collections
This interactive session will focus on how the Collections Management community can support the work of educators and storytellers.
Project Updates (Collections)
3 museum and archive sector practitioners will present short updates of their current projects, including an insight into the lessons learned and what they might do differently next time!
15.00 – 15.20 COMFORT BREAK    

The Great Debate is a new feature at OpenCulture. Presented in an Oxford-union style debate format, the panel of leading speakers will address the motion: 

"This House believes that a great museum, archive or library collects or dies"

Debaters for this session include: 

  • Ros Westwood, Derbyshire Museums
  • Tonya Nelson, Petrie Museum
  • Janet Vitmayer, Chief Executive, Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • Chair: Nick Merriman, Director, Manchester Museums and Chair, Collections Trust
16.20 – 16.30 Concluding remarks & farewell  

Programme background

Over two days, more than 30 speakers will explain how you can promote effective Collections Management, lead change and innovation, focus on core values and look outward to build new partnerships. The conference programme, associated exhibition, expert advice sessions and project updates will give you the skills you need to support your organisation in the years to come.

Supporting your CPD: With six specialist seminars on key skills, the programme is strongly focused on CPD. Every session delivers specific learning objectives so delegates can make a real impact when they return to work. Some of the outcomes include: Becoming a more effective manager; Why it is important to focus on sustainability; and Understanding the key elements of information management.

The seminars will also help you understand: How to manage risk more efficiently; The basics of using technology in museums, archives and libraries; and Why and how to rationalise collections.

They will be complemented by Keynote Presentations delivered by internationally-recognised expert speakers. These will provide context and expose delegates to new ideas and concepts. The number of Quickfire Sessions has been doubled from last year to meet demand and enable more delegates to make short presentations.

In addition, the SPECTRUM Community Meeting is being expanded to a full half day on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 June. This will provide more time to discuss the SPECTRUM Standard, the growth in SPECTRUM’s international adoption, its key benefits, and successful future development.