UK Spring Conference Roundup

Spring is the time for museum conferences around the world.  From MuseumNext and Museums & Heritage to the American Alliance of Museums next week – we’ve been out on the road hearing presentations from the most forward thinking museum staffers. Sometimes, our work gets a cameo appearance.
Suzie at MuseumNext

MuseumNext in Dublin was attended by John Harte, Sales Manager for UK, Ireland and Benelux. “Jim Richardson and team put together a programme of speakers that showed Dublin as a vibrant city with a thriving cultural scene,” John said.  Among the themes explored were how to reach current audiences of different ages and backgrounds, how we all envision the future of museums.  Eagle eyed attendees will have spotted Antenna’s own Suzie Fronhofer who made an appearance during a fascinating MOMA presentation from Francesca Rosenberg, Director of Community, Access and School Programs.

Museum & Heritage in London was attended by Tom Green, Director, Digital Media EMEA and Anne-Gaelle Le Flohic, ‎Head of Experience Design UK.  Smart tech was the overarching theme, with talks touching on ways that our bodies, homes, streets, and culture are slowly becoming digitally interconnected by the Internet of Things. The profound implications on the ways we experience culture (as consumers) and create content (as producers) made for some intriguing discussions.  Mar Dixon’s fascinating New Technology agenda ranging from gamifying bus stops, through scaleable tech to measuring emotions made for some ‘food for thought’.

At both events, the future of museums was in the air – where do we go from here? How can we all work together for the sake of progress in museums? Can we combine the Internet of Things with community engagement?

We can’t wait to have these conversations with you, too.

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