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2023 conference programme
Further details and speaker names to be confirmed.
Thursday 15 June
Arrival and registration from 10am, tea and coffee available with a separate introduction for those attending AIM Conference for the first time.
|11am||Welcome to AIM Conference|
Andrew Lovett OBE, AIM Chair
|11.10am||Welcome to Surgeon’s Quarter|
Thomas Elliot, Deputy Director, Surgeons Hall Museums
Being an independent museum in 2023: Community, Creativity and Control
Join members of the AIM Board to hear their reflections on what it means to be independent in today’s museum sector. How can we better engage our communities, strengthen our commercial focus, compete for attention and ensure good governance in challenging times?
|12.30pm – 1.30pm||LUNCH and EXPO|
Strategic updates and a discussion about the role of public funding for independent museums
Liz Johnson from Arts Council England, Victoria Rogers from Welsh Government Culture Division, Lucy Casot from Museums Galleries Scotland, Alistair Brown from National Lottery Heritage Fund and a representative from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
|2.30pm||Breakouts – Community|
|3.15pm – 3.45pm||TEA BREAK and EXPO|
New Stories New Audiences – AIM New Stories New Audiences evaluators, Stephen Connolly from DC Research and Jonathan Durnin, host a discussion between Christine Pont and Saskia McCracken from Round 1 project Provan Hall and NSNA mentor Lasana Shabazz. The panel will discuss the themes arising from this grant scheme and what is emerging as wider lessons for the sector.
The AIM AGM will include an announcement on the dates and location for AIM Conference 2024. Find all the papers for the AGM here>>
Friday 16 June
Arrival from 8.30am, tea and coffee available.
|9am||Welcome to day two|
Lisa Ollerhead, AIM Director
|9.15am||A word from our sponsor|
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Acting for the future – Over the past two decades, the word wellbeing has been used with increasing frequency within public policy. Seeing wellbeing as the goal of society leans on thousands of years of philosophy. But what does it mean to work towards a wellbeing-focused society where everyone can live well together now and in the future? What is the role of heritage organisations in supporting this?
Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK
|10.15am – 10.45am||TEA BREAK and EXPO|
|10.45am||Breakouts – Competition|
Introducing a new AIM Hallmark
The AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums offer a framework to help museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK. The Hallmarks identify what it is about how successful heritage organisations work that enables them to prosper and thrive. We’re pleased to introduce the latest AIM Hallmark on environmental sustainability, supported by sector leaders.
Lisa Ollerhead, Director, AIM and Daniel Miles, Research Infrastructure Advisor, Historic England.
|12.30pm – 1.30pm||LUNCH and EXPO|
|1.30pm||Breakouts – Control|
Coming back from the brink – In the summer of 2022 Royal Cornwall Museum was facing closure. A sudden change in funding when finances were already under pressure, left the museum in a critical position. This is the story of how the community, creative thinking and strong support set the museum on a path to success.
Bryony Robbins and Jonathan Morton, Royal Cornwall Museum
|3pm – 3.30pm||TEA BREAK and EXPO|
Founding independent organisations – Lisa shares her first hand experience as the founder of two independent heritage organisations, the Edinburgh Caribbean Association and Black History Walks Edinburgh, and what it means to audiences and walkers to understand the multiplicity of stories that make up the shared transnational heritage of Edinburgh’s past, present and future.
Lisa Williams, Founder, Edinburgh Caribbean Association and Black History Walks Edinburgh
Andrew Lovett, AIM Chair and Chief Executive Black Country Living Museum