Museums Matter: Interpreting, sharing and collaborating in research

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Over the last decade museums have faced increasing challenges as they look for ways to support community engagement, development new exhibitions, become sustainable and manage organisational change. At the University of Nottingham, our researchers have been shaping their work to address these issues and ensure their research is relevant.

This one day conference will exhibit this work and look for ways in which higher education and museums can work together to improve visitor experiences. Join us for Museums Matter where you can find out more about our work and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Provisional Schedule

9.30-10 am Registration and coffee

10-10.10 am Welcome from Jeremy Gregory, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts

10.10-11.20 am Panel Session 1 – 'Sharing grand stories in heritage spaces'

Richard Gaunt: 'Curating Rebellion at Nottingham Castle'

David Appleby: 'Listening to lost voices: the Civil War Petitions project'

Judith Jesch: 'Vikings: more than battles and bling'

11.20 am-12.30 pm Panel Session 2 – 'Utilising new technologies to enhance the vistor experience'

Maiken Umbach: 'The Eye as Witness: Co-curating a Holocaust Exhibition with Museum Partners and Artists'

James Mansell: 'Museum Listening: Between Old and New Sound'

Jocelyn Spence: 'Using hybrid gifting to build personal engagement in and with museums'

12.30-1.30 pm Lunch (provided free of charge)

Drop in Sound Surgery with James Mansell (12.45-1.30 pm)

Demonstration of VR from Nottingham Lakeside's 'Viking: Rediscover the Legend'

1.30-2.30 pm Keynote speaker, Helen Charman, Director of Learning and National Programmes, V&A: 'Museums for the 21st Century'

2.30-3.15 pm Workshop 1 (parallel sessions, participants to sign up on the day)

Ben Bedwell - 'Ideation for Heritage Visitor Experiences'

Alex Mullen - 'Local histories in the Roman world: a European tour with LatinNow'

Chris Reynolds, Nottingham Trent University - 'Museums and 'difficult pasts': Northern Ireland's 1968'

3.15-3.30 pm Coffee break

3.30-4.15 pm Workshop 2 (parallel sessions, participants to sign up on the day)

Jonathan Hale - 'From the ‘White Cube’ to the ‘Yellow Box’: Embodied Interpretation in the Act and Experience of Viewing'

Clare Pickersgill– 'Vikings: Rediscover the Legend - exhibition and legacy for regional archaeology'

Gary Priestnall – 'Projection Augmented Relief Models (PARM) for Telling Stories about Landscape'

4.20-4.45 pm Ross Wilson: 'Round up and next steps for collaboration'

For queries about the event please email Maria Richards, RPA Project Manager,

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