Museums and heritage sites looking to future-proof the working environment and enhance exhibitions, education and skills need look no further than this year’s Museums + Heritage Show.

Eight free talks on the role of digital advancement and hybrid working will be available to attendees of this year’s show, as part of a packed schedule. The talks form part of a programme with more than 40 sessions, 80 speakers and 150 exhibitors.

Among the sessions covering digital advancements scheduled is ‘Balancing the benefits of hybrid working’, a 40 minute session chaired by Anra Kennedy of Culture24. It will feature speakers from the Jewish Museum London and the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture (MoDA). The panel will share practical tips to make the most of a hybrid future, its many benefits, and pointers for avoiding some of the pitfalls this new way of work can create.

Staying with digital transformation, ‘Digital storytelling for small museums’ will explore different approaches to using museum collections to engage with audiences online. Chaired by Richard Moss, Editor at Museum Crush, the session will see speakers from the Royal Crown Derby Museum and Gawthorpe Textiles Collection.

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Also available to attendees will be the ‘Working with schools: now and in the future’ session. It will explore the role of new digital approaches and products when engaging with education and schools, digital and blended learning, local curriculum planning support, co-curation and sustainable partnerships. Chaired by Rachel Tranter of museums and heritage education charity GEM, it will feature speakers from Leeds Museums & Galleries, Leeds Museums & Galleries and the Jewish Museum London.

For those dipping their toe into digital transformation for the first time, a wide-ranging introductory session on the first day will see speakers explore the tools required to create a complete digital workflow within a museum.Laying the foundation for digital transformation’ will set the scene for more in-depth talks throughout the event.

There’s no need to register individually for sessions – attendees can access all the talks from this bumper two-day event by simply registering for a single free pass.  See the full programme of talks here.

Museums + Heritage Show: Digital transformation and hybrid working talks

Wednesday May 11th

Laying the foundation for digital transformation
11:45 11:45 am – 12:25 pm
Theatre 3
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Thursday May 12th

Building digital skills and capacity
10:15 am – 10:55 am
Theatre 2
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Bringing new voices into museums: e-ink digital labels
11:15 am – 11:55 am
Theatre 2
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Digital storytelling for small museums
1:15 pm – 1:55 pm
Theatre 2
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Working with schools: now and in the future
2:00 pm – 2:40 pm
Theatre 1
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​​’Iron Island’: storytelling for a new world
3:15 pm – 3:55 pm
Theatre 2
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Balancing the benefits of hybrid working
4:15 pm – 4:55 pm
Theatre 2
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