'Digital Museums' NI Museums Council Forum

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Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

2 Titanic Boulevard Titanic Quarter



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BOOKED OUT - NIMC holds an annual Museum Forum which offers opportunities to reflect on key issues and consider where the sector is.

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This year’s topic will be ‘Digital Museums’. Digital technologies and ways of working are rapidly impacting on audience behaviour and expectations, the nature of our collections, as well as how we fulfil our missions. These areas will be explored throughout the Forum through a mix of digital interactions and more formal presentations as well as group discussions. Up to date research will be presented as well as an array of case studies; from enhancing visitor experience, digitising collections and making them available online, to managing efficient and sustainable organisations. Discussions throughout the day with peers from Northern Ireland, and across Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom will help provide insight into how we can better harness the potential of digital in the museum sector.

The NIMC Museum Forums are a great opportunity to network, hear about the latest research and case studies, discuss sector challenges and opportunities, as well as input into the direction of NIMC’s work on developing the local museum sector.

The Forum is free for NIMC members. If you are not a member please contact Tríona at devofficer@nimc.co.uk about your interest in attending this event or becoming an NIMC member.


9.30 – 10.00 Registration, Tea/Coffee

10.00- 11.00 Digital Interactions

Engage with various museum and heritage organisations showcasing their digital work:

- Engaging with Virtual Reality at Nevin Spence Centre, Ulster Rugby

- Volunteering and Augmented Reality at HMS Caroline

- Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping on ‘Battlebags and Blimps’ project at Carrickfergus Museum

- Creative and digital engagement on the ‘Reimagine Remake Replay’ programme

- Digitising and transforming access to old audio formats in the ‘Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’ project, National Museums NI

- Digital Preservation and Web Archiving, Public Record Office of NI

- Creating interactive audio tours and short documentaries, Making the Future programme, Public Record Office of NI

11.00 – 11.10 Welcome and Overview

11.10 – 12.10 Session 1- Digital Capacity in Museums

11.10 – 11.25 ‘What Next for Digital? Results from 2019 research’ Colette Fahy, Communications Executive, thrive

11.25 – 11.40 ‘Empowering Volunteers in Digital Projects’ Ronan Mc Connell, TIDE Officer, Derry City and Strabane Museum and Heritage Service

11.40 – 11.55 ‘Building Digitally Confident Museums’ Anra Kennedy, Partnerships Director, Culture24

11.55 – 12.15 Q+A

12.15 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 13.10 Funding Priorities: Úna Duffy, Head of Engagement, National Lottery Heritage Fund

13.10 – 14.00 Session 2 – Collections: Preservation and Access

13.10 – 13.25 ‘Online Archive and Digital Resources for Divided Society project’, Samantha Mc Combe, Librarian, Linen Hall Library

13.25 – 13.40 ‘Joined-up Thinking: A National Aggregator for Digitised Collections?’ Kevin Gosling, Chief Executive, Collections Trust

13.40 – 14.00 Q+A

14.00 – 14.40 Panel Discussion: What’s Next for Digital?

14.00 – 14.05 Dr Oonagh Murphy, Principal Investigator, Museum +AI Network

14.05 – 14.10 Dave Vincent, Chief Digital Officer, Tourism Northern Ireland

14.10 – 14.15 Dr Paul Ell, Founding Director, Centre for Data and Digitisation, Queen’s University

14.15 – 14.20 Kevin Long, Archivist, Digital Repository of Ireland

14.20 – 14.45 Discussions

14.45 – 15.00 Tea/ Coffee Break

15.00 – 15.30 Round table group discussions – Future Priorities

15.30 – 15.35 Closing remarks


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