Museum Next 2011: Bite Size Review

Museum Next 2011

In the words of Ignite “enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Two weeks ago (26-27 May), I attended the 2011 Museum Next Conference that took place in Edinburgh at The Hub. You can follow the conference organizers @MuseumNext on Twitter and find the conference programme here. Photos can be found on Flickr. Slides and an archive of all tweets can be found here.

The theme of the conference was social media and how we, as cultural institutions, can benefit from it. As Jasper Visser has described it, social media is a core function of any institution.

After the coffee and networking session to kick off the conference, we were spoiled with the variety and talent of the speakers.

It was a full house!

Below you will find the list of speakers and a summary of their talk in less than 10 words.

Shelly Bernstein (@shell7) – Chief of Technology from the Brooklyn Museum. Click – A Crowd Curated Exhibit. Split Second Indian Paintings.

Jasper Visser (@jaspervisser) – Project Manager at the Museum of National History of the Netherlands. Sparking imagination. Vending Machines. Think beyond the text.

Fiona RomeoNational Maritime Museum.

Amy S. WiesserNational September 11 Memorial and Museum. Intense. Sneak peaks. You definitely want to visit.

Hugh Wallace (@tumshie) and Sally Manuireva from National Museum of Scotland. Snackable content. QR Code Exhibit.

Jim Richardson (sumojim) Sumo Design. Building audiences. Superfans. Allowing photography. Guest tweeting. Sharing. Competitions. Rockstars.

Lynda Kelly (@lyndakelly61) Australia Museum. Multiple dimensions of museums. Researching audiences.  

Steve Bridger. Technology is the campfire around which we tell our stories.

 We were then wined and dined at the Caves, where there was a lot of socializing and networking.

At the Caves

Day 2 kicked off with a morning coffee session and more time to chit-chat with more great people.

Rich Mintz (@richmintz) – Blue State Digital. Barack Obama fundraiser and the It Gets Better Campaign.

Joanne OrrMuseums Galleries Scotland.

Nora Semel (@n_o_r_a)  and Francesca Merlino (@frmerlino) – Solomon R. Guggenheim. YouTube Play. International. Multi-platform events.

Mia Ridge (@mia_out)– Science Museum. Crowdsourcing. Games. Making work you have to do, fun for others.

Geer Oskam (@GeerOskam)– N8. Mindblown. Amazing idea. Young people take over museums for one night.

Martin Barden TATE. Tate members. Programme strategy. Attract new and keep the old.

Wilhelm VelthovenMediamatic.

Hopefully I’ll see you at next years conference in Barcelona!