“Crafting Experiences in Museums: Physical or Digital?” is an online free conference on 7 December 2023, hosted by the ICOM UK Student and Emerging Professionals Group. This conference encourages interdisciplinary discussions between students and professionals on museum studies, focusing on inclusivity, sustainability, and contemporary society.
Considering the dynamic and open-ended nature of contemporary narratives, with museums being intermediate sites for interpreting the world, the conference explores the relationship between physical contact and digital operations in museum experiences. Emphasising the importance of direct interactions with physical objects and technology in generating authentic experiences.
Acknowledging interpretive techniques related to sustainability and inclusivity this conference explores museum strategies, physical/digital engagement practices, social functions in contemporary society, and inclusion work.
The programme and speakers:
09:30-09:50 Opening Remarks
09:50-11:10 Keynote Speech:
Professor Ross Parry – Director of Institute for Digital Culture, University of Leicester
11:30-12:50 Panel One: Material Truth through Digital Methods
Mingshi (Michelle) Cui – University of Leicester
Reshaping narrations of displaced objects in museums via digital methods
Elisa Palomino – Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center
Jonathan Katz – Royal College of Art, London
Digital Engagement with Arctic Material Culture Heritage at International Museums:
A 3D simulation of a Fish skin parka from the Anchorage Museum
Zhi Ye – King’s College London
Aesthetic Encounters: between blockbuster exhibition and immersive exhibition
Feifan Lou – University of Cambridge
Reimagining Late Qing China through Voices and Shadows: Exploring the Interplay between Individuals, Objects and History the British Museum’s China’s Hidden Century Exhibition
14:00-15:20 Panel Two: Making things meaningful and engaging
Bin Guo – University College London
“Mummy, How Can We Turn it Off?”: Investigating Family Interaction and Learning When Visiting an Anthropological Gallery in the UK
Shahnila Shafiq – University of Cambridge
Bringing a Fine & Decorative Museum to Life
Xingyue Yang – University of Glasgow.
Enhancing Online Audience Engagement in Intangible Cultural Heritage Databases: A Case Study
Ellen Charlesworth – Durham University
Are our online engagement strategies working? Learning from the surprising success of UK transport museums
15:40-17:00 Panel Three: Technology and Narratives
Marjotte Miles – University of Liverpool
4 Months at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford: Handling Violent Narratives in Physical and Digital Museum Spaces
The Impact on Visitors of ICT and Traditional Interpretative Layouts in CSMVS
Linjie Wang – University College London
Filming Technology as a Self-Governance Tool: Strategies of the Baiku Yao Eco-
museum in Southwest China
Denize Ledeatte – National Windrush Museum
Decolonising the lived experience
“Crafting Experiences in Museums: Physical or Digital?” is an essential step toward sharing knowledge between professionals and students as well as examining the hybrid, digital and physical, reality of the Museum Experience.
If this does not entice you to join Local Approach’s founder, Athina Gkouma, is the chair of Panel 3!
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