Training grant – AIM Conference 2022 – Whitchurch Silk Mill

Lisa Gale, Visitor Experience Manager, Whitchurch Silk Mill

After a lot of anticipation, the AIM Conference was back in-person and there was a buzz of conversation as soon as we entered the wonderful Hulme Hall; a venue that you can imagine stepping back in time to attend the early Beatles concerts in the iconic ballroom.   

Whilst the pandemic dominated early conversations; whether that be responses to, impact of or general discussion; the positivity was soon embraced from Laura Pye’s opening keynote reflecting on the opportunities that the pandemic presented, through to Arike Oke’s wonderful storytelling, on a journey of self-discovery, voyage and return.  

Overall, it was clear that the opportunity to meet, discuss and share honest experiences was a hugely important aspect of the conference. The conference programme was packed with interesting case studies and discussions covering all topics from carbon neutral initiatives to loving your community.   

However, the most inspiring part of the whole conference was the prominence of strong female leaders. Hearing their experiences, ability to overcome prejudice and general dynamism was enough to show anybody that the independent museum sector is in very capable hands in its mission to thrive again. 

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