AIM Conference 2024

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Thursday 13 and Friday 14 June 2024, Black Country Living Museum.    

AIM Conference 2024 explores the indispensable role that museums play in weaving our communities together, driving economic vitality, and nurturing an appreciation for our shared history.    

We’ll celebrate this pivotal role and ask, “How can heritage organisations contribute to the development of thriving communities?”   

What to expect

Approachable, friendly and practical, AIM’s conference is the key gathering of the independent sector. Join your peers in the wonderful surrounds of our Host Venue sponsor, Black Country Living Museum right in the heart of the UK.  

  • Insights from museums like yours that foster a sense of belonging in their visitors, their advocates and beyond. 
  • Sessions will cover innovative community engagement projects, growing your audience, co-curation and co-creation, dementia friendly programming, developing an effective public engagement strategy, improving storytelling, addressing challenging topics with care, ‘gamifying’ young volunteering, building your online community and much, much more 
  • Confirmed speakers include representatives from Brunel Museum, Hampshire Cultural Trust, Kiplin Hall and Gardens, Museums Galleries Scotland, Historic Dockyard Chatham, Braintree Museum, Powell Cotton Trust.   
  • A mix of keynotes, panel discussions and interactive breakout sessions will inspire you across two days, along with breaks for networking and browsing the supplier Expo.   
  • New for 2024: an informal networking event on Wednesday evening at the Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre in Dudley, the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues old and new. 
  • Our Thursday evening social is hosted by Black Country Living Museum with fish and chips, drinks in the pub and the chance to explore this wonderful venue after-hours. 

 

 

Who should come along

You! AIM Conference is for anyone working in the heritage sector and we welcome colleagues from all career stages and from all types and size of heritage organisations from right across the UK, not just independents.   

We’ll be hosting welcome coffee for first timers on Thursday morning, and a lunch for freelance delegates on Thursday.  

“It was friendly, relevant and useful,” 2023 conference delegate.   

Buy your tickets

With the support of all our sponsors, we’re delighted that we’ve been able to hold ticket prices at 2023 rates. We’ve also secured preferable hotel rates at Village Hotel Dudley.  

The all-in-one ticket offers the best value for AIM members; access to both days of the conference plus the Wednesday and Thursday evening social events. Plus, there are bursaries available for AIM members (scroll down this page to find the details). 

Early bird tickets are on sale now, with discounts available until the end of April.   

Click here to buy your tickets>>

 

Prices for AIM members:
Early bird all-in-one for AIM members£260+VAT
Thursday and Friday early bird for AIM members£210+VAT
Thursday early bird for AIM members£110+VAT
Friday early bird for AIM members£110+VAT
Prices for non-members
Early bird all-in-one for non-members£350+VAT
Thursday for non-members£170+VAT
Friday for non-members£170+VAT
Social events
Wednesday pre-conference social£25+VAT
Thursday evening social£30+VAT
Online tickets
Online ticket per person£32.50+VAT
Group online tickets available

Contact Christine Andrews on christine@aim-museums.co.uk to book

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Sponsors

Thanks to our Headline Conference Sponsors Bloomberg Connects, our Host Venue Sponsor Black Country Living Museum and Gold Sponsors Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers and search specialists Minerva.

Conference programme

Conference programme

You can expect a packed two days of keynotes, panel discussions, breakout sessions and tours. Take a look at the full conference programme here>>

Speakers

Speakers

Find out more about the speakers confirmed so far for AIM Conference 2024. Click here for the speaker bios>>

Social events

Social events

Informal social events on Wednesday and Thursday evening will give you the perfect opportunity to catch up with colleagues old and new. Find out more about the social events>>

Online tickets

Online tickets

Online tickets are available at £32.50+VAT. Your ticket will give you access to live streaming of the main conference sessions and the breakout session taking place in the main room. (Note other breakout and workshop sessions are not available via the online ticket).

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Bursaries for AIM members

Bursaries for AIM members

Bursaries are available for AIM members. The bursary will provide a ticket to attend both days and the Wednesday and Thursday evening socials. In addition bursary applicants can request funding of up to £200 towards accommodation and travel costs associated with attending the conference.

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Where to stay

Where to stay

Discover the hotels closest to Black Country Living Museum and take advantage of a special rate for delegates at Village Hotel Dudley. Find out more>>

Exhibitors

Exhibitors

The Expo space at AIM Conference gives you the opportunity to catch up with existing suppliers as well as meet new ones. See the list of who’ll be exhibiting>>

Sponsors

Sponsors

We’re delighted to have a range of fantastic sponsors supporting Conference this year!

Find out more >>

FAQs

FAQs

If you haven’t found the information you’re looking for, take a look at the answers to our frequently asked questions. And find out how to get in touch with the AIM team. See the FAQs>>