A visitor at St Fagans using the Traces app

Speakers announced for Museum Tech 2018

Rebecca Atkinson, 02.05.2018
Discover what the latest digital innovations mean for museums
The Museums Association (MA) has announced the programme of speakers and case studies for Museum Tech 2018: A Digital Festival for Museums, a one-day conference celebrating some of the latest digital experiences, tools and projects developed for the museum sector and beyond.

The conference, which takes place on 7 June at the Museum of London, features keynote presentations of some of the pressing issues affecting the digital and museum sectors, as well as case studies, product launches and practical demonstrations that all shed light on how technology can be used in many diverse areas of museum practice.

During the morning, delegates will hear from Mark Cridge, the chief executive of mySociety, an organisation that creates and shares digital tools that can create change. He will talk about the rise of digital democracy and "working in the open".

Tonya Nelson, the head of museums at UCL Culture, will share her insights into the Culture is Digital report and discusses how museums can promote digital skills and capacity.

Robin Christopherson, the head of digital inclusion at AbilityNet, will share good practice in website and mobile accessibility, and Alyson Webb, a partner at Frankly, Green + Webb, will look at designing successful digital products for impact.

During the afternoon, there will be a number of case studies including the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) new virtual reality experience, Hold the World; Tate Modern’s virtual reality recreation of Modigliani’s final studio; and the Traces app for St Fagans National Museum of History.

Speakers include Piers Jones, the chief digital and product officer at the NHM; Neil Graham, the head of virtual reality at Sky; Màiri Lafferty, the Daskalopoulos curator of engagement at the National Galleries of Scotland; and Hilary Knight, the head of digital content at Tate.

“This is the third annual Museum Tech conference the MA has run, with each event showcasing a range of innovative case studies, practical advice and thought-leadership on how digital is transforming museums’ work with audiences and collections,” said Simon Stephens, the head of publications and events at the MA.

“We are expecting Museum Tech 2018 to sell out so book your place early to avoid disappointment.”


Museum Tech 2018 timetable and booking information