Craft your cultural agenda: Museums + Heritage Show 2024 programme unveiled

The programme for the sector’s largest event, now in its 32nd year, has been revealed as registration opens

The Museums + Heritage Show is just nine weeks away and visitors can now plan their time at the major sector event.

Now online is the 2024 programme, packed with talks from sector leaders, demonstrations from a wealth of exhibitors and plenty of opportunity to catch-up and network with fellow attendees.

Running 15-16 May 2024, the free event will tackle topics including digital innovation, community collaboration, accessibility, future strategies, wellbeing and funding.

Attendees will hear from industry leading speakers from the National Portrait Gallery, The Tank Museum, Association for Heritage Interpretation, Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG), the Kids in Museums Youth Panel, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Arts Council England and Art Fund.

This year’s show will also include the return of the Ambience Networking Lounge, a dedicated area for networking sessions including ‘The Power of Happy’. Hosted by Heritage Volunteering Group and GLAM Cares, it will ask how the sector can better foster a culture of care for team members and volunteers.

As well as inspiration, the Show is also a great chance to pick up practical guidance. In ‘Tips, tricks and trips: a practical guide to co-production with children and young people’ Sarah English and Lizzie Short from Staffordshire History Centre will lead an informal workshop, based on their experience across multiple pioneering projects.

2024 Programme

Speakers from The Heritage Alliance will share their key tips on how to foster great partnerships and collaboration in ‘Teamwork makes dream work’ and an interactive session led by the Oxford Cultural Leaders programme in Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums will share tips for anticipating and adapting to change.

The Burgeoning topic of AI will be addressed in ‘A primer for the adoption of artificial intelligence’. Dr Oonagh Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society at Goldsmiths, University of London and Lawrence Chiles, Head of Digital Services at The National Gallery will speak about the considerations and reservations organisations have about its adoption.

The show will be a chance to catch up on the latest technology trends. This year’s programme includes sessions on immersive worldbuilding, 3D digitisation, gaming, and unique approaches to widening digital access.

Attendees can browse the programme, and add sessions to their calendar ahead of the event via the Museums + Heritage Show website.

Let us know which sessions you’ve bookmarked first on social media with #mandhshow.