16 lightning talks illuminating the museums and what we do
Museum of Natural History, Lecture Theatre
This September you are invited to attend an afternoon of short talks from staff at the Oxford University Museums sharing updates on current projects and insights into what happens behind the scenes at the museums. This will be followed by a drinks reception to network with colleagues and form new connections.
The day is aimed at colleagues working within the museums sector, and colleagues within the university who would like to find out more about what the museums do and their role within the university. We hope you can join us.
The day will consist of four sessions with four speakers delivering 8 minute 'lightning talks', followed by 10 minutes of Q&A at the end of each session with all the speakers.
Session 1: 1.40pm-2.30pm - Collections Interpretation
This strand explores how we develop special exhibitions and permanent gallery displays, curate collections online and engage the public with our collections using digital.
Session 2: 2.30pm-3.20pm - Education and Learning
These talks examine how our museums support STEM knowledge transfer and engagement with school groups and the general public, use innovative technology to enhance the learning process, develop partnerships that facilitate engagement, and communicate academic research by turning it into educational activities for the public and schools.
Coffee Break: 3.20pm-3.50pm
Session 3: 3.50pm-4.40pm - Connecting Collections
In this session, speakers will look at how we use collections to engage with source communities, manage a 'living collection', and how our collections can support commercial enterprise.
Session 4: 4.40pm-5.30pm - Behind the Scenes
The final strand of the day goes behind the scenes to look at museum funding, the role IT and digital play, how are displays built and collections moved, and the role volunteers in a university museum.
Drinks Reception: 5.30pm-6.30pm
A great opportunity for networking with colleagues and meeting new people.