AIM National Conference 2021

Supporting. Sharing. Strengthening.

What hard lessons are we learning in the face of the pandemic? Have our reflections resulted in changes for good? What skills or new ways of working have we developed – and might they help us prepare for an uncertain future?

Our virtual Conference faced these questions head on, helping delegates build on their organisational and personal strengths to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and creativity. We looked at the importance of leadership and good governance during hard times, shared the new ways of working we’re adopting and forecast what next for the sector.

From practical sessions to personal reflections, expert plenaries to virtual networking, the conference brought together delegates from across the UK for engaging sessions led by practitioners, professionals, experts, and policymakers.

Sessions covered
Opening plenaries from DCMS and National Trust; Leadership challenges in small museums; Succession planning; Tackling inequalities; Member showcases; New models for leadership; Going digital; Developing new audiences, The future of volunteering; Managing change; Preparing for the future; Supplier expo and networking opportunities; and more! Sessions will also be recorded and shared with ticket holders after the event, so if you miss anything, you can easily catch up in your own time.

Speakers included 
Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport; Orna NiChionna, Deputy Chair of the National Trust; Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust; Heather Lomas, Prospering Boards consultant; Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, Joint CEOs, Birmingham Museums Trust; Carrie Canham, Ceredigion Museum; Dr Karen Buchanan, Gairloch Museum; Amy Shakespeare, Innovation Manager, Cornwall Museums Partnership; Owen Roberts, Curator, Eyam Museum; Matthew Hick, Chair, Heritage Volunteering Group; Eleanor Moore, Sustainable Volunteering Officer, Museum Development South West; Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan, consultants; Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive Officer, Nottingham Castle Trust; Dr Jon Murden, Director, Dorset County Museum; Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive, Heritage Alliance; Sarah Philp, Director of Programme and Policy, ArtFund; Sajida Carr, Director of Operations and Development, Creative Black Country; Becky Benson, Volunteering Officer, Shropshire Museums; Ben Leah, Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers; Glynis Powell, General Manager, Castle Bromwich Hall and Gardens Trust; Iain Standen, CEO, Bletchley Park Trust;

Details of our 2020 virtual conference can be found here.

Headline Conference Sponsors – Art Fund

Day Sponsors – Artelia, Development Partners, Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers