Conference Programme 2021

AIM 2021 Conference programme

We’re pleased to share the programme for AIM’s 2021 Conference, with further details to be announced in the coming weeks.

The session with Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP on 16 June will be pre-recorded, but you can still put your questions to him by emailing Margaret Harrison on margaret@aim-museums.co.uk by the end of May. The session will be hosted by AIM Chair, Andrew Lovett, and he will put as many of your questions to the Secretary of State as time allows.

Please note, the below timetable is subject to change so check back closer to the time for the final programme and to plan your conference days. 

 

Wed 16 June Thurs 17 June Fri 18 June
Leadership and governance New ways of working Get ready – future focus
1000-1010 Welcome Welcome Welcome
1010- 1050 Conference Opening Plenary

 

Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport, Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP in conversation with AIM Chair Andrew Lovett

Responding to challenging times.

 

Chair of the National Trust, Tim Parker

Managing through COVID and staying relevant – another sector’s perspective.

 

Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust

1050-1120 Visit the Expo Visit the Expo Visit the Expo
1120-1220 Leadership challenges in small museums

 

Coping with COVID and preparing to meet the future needs of visitors and local communities.

 

Carrie Canham, Curator, Ceredigion Museum; Karen Buchanan, Curator, Gairloch Museum

Going digital   

 

Telling your stories and connecting with audiences digitally is more important than ever. But how might you approach this as a small museum with limited resources? Two members explain their approach.

 

Amy Shakespeare, Innovation Manager, Cornwall Museums Partnership; Owen Roberts, Curator,  Eyam Museum

Getting ready for new audiences 

 

Adapting and preparing for the future is a focus for all museums at present. Hear how two major museum refurbishments opening in 2021 have risen to the challenge.

 

Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive Officer, Nottingham Castle Trust; Dr Jon Murden, Director, Dorset County Museum

1220-1240 Networking Networking Networking
1240-1330 Succession planning for boards

 

How to manage succession effectively – case studies and helpful tips for success.

 

Heather Lomas, Prospering Boards consultant

Managing change in museums

 

Museums are currently having to adapt almost every aspect of their organisation to a changing world. Two sector experts offer practical change management advice and discuss concerns.

 

Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan

 

Future of volunteering panel discussion

 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of many small museums – how can we help them return to work safely and plan for a future volunteering world that may be very different.

 

Matthew Hick, Chair, Heritage Volunteering Group; Eleanor Moore, Sustainable Volunteering Officer, Museum Development South West; Becky Benson, Volunteering Officer, Shropshire Museums

1330-1400 AIM AGM  Session TBC Managing risk in times of uncertainty

 

If there is one hard lesson the pandemic has taught us, it is that best laid plans can be thrown into disarray by the unforeseen. But what can museums do today to minimise tomorrow’s risks? In this panel session we’ll be exploring how museums have sought to better futureproof their strategies in times of uncertainty, as well as looking at how the scope and nature of available insurance options have changed in the face of the pandemic.

1400-1430 Visit the Expo Visit the Expo Visit the Expo
1430-1530 A new model for leadership

 

Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, Joint CEOs, Birmingham Museums Trust explore a new approach to leading one of the UK’s biggest museum services as co-CEOs, hear about their challenges and their strategy for tackling them.

Tackling Inequality

 

AIM launches its new NLHF funded grant fund for members New Stories New Audiences and experts provide helpful guidance and case studies on successfully running community engagement and co-creation projects in the Heritage sector.

Ready for the future?

 

How museums and heritage organisations need to develop to stay relevant to their audiences.

 

Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive, Heritage Alliance; Sarah Philp, Head of Policy, ArtFund; Sajida Carr, Director of Operations and Development, Creative Black Country

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