AIM Conference 2020. Call for Papers.

Port Sunlight
Port Sunlight

Fit for the Future?

AIM Conference 2020 will be heading to the historic and picturesque Port Sunlight Village on the Wirral from 18-20 June 2020.

At AIM 2020 we will explore the vision for independent museums over the next decade and ask

  • How can we ensure that our business models are robust and ready?
  • What will visitors expect from us?
  • What do we need to be doing now to make sure our museums are still successful in 2030?

As Lever himself said: “there is no standing still, there is either going forward or going backwards”

What are we looking for?

We know that AIM members have a wealth of creativity and good practice to share and we want to ensure that this is showcased in the 2020 conference programme.

Please fill in the AIM Conference 2020 Session Proposal Form and email it back to us. (Please note: this form is in word document and may directly download to your computer).

Topics that we are interested in (not an exhaustive list)

  • Good governance
  • Meeting the challenges of the world around us
  • Developing income streams
  • Developing the visitor experience
  • How are you using the AIM Hallmarks of Prospering Museums?
  • Digital innovation
  • Work to promote the good health and wellbeing of visitors, staff and volunteers

The most important factor is that a topic should be relevant and of interest to the conference delegates.

AIM conference delegates are looking for both inspiration and practical tips that they can take back to their museums. A wide range of museums and heritage organisations are represented at the conference including volunteer run museums and heritage sites, museums with a small staff and very limited budgets through to some of the UK’s largest museums – we need our programme to provide interest to everyone.

The formats can be

  • Presentation (approx. 20 mins)
  • Workshop- approx. 45 mins
  • Panel discussion
  • If you are proposing something different please explain it on the form

Audience interaction (at least the opportunity for Q&A) is important.

NB we cannot pay speakers, but speakers receive a free delegate place for the day they are speaking on. We can provide assistance for travel expenses where there is a need.

Selection process

An AIM conference panel will assess which proposals will fit best with the conference theme and the needs of the audience. We will also look to select proposals that reflect the wide range of our membership.

Please fill in the proposal form and send to Emma Chaplin by 5pm on Monday 30th September. We will review the proposals during October and let people know the outcome during November. If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Thank you.

About Port Sunlight Village

The village was founded in 1888 by William Hesketh Lever to house his ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers, but today is home to a fascinating museum, beautiful architecture, a world-class art gallery, stunning parkland and a thriving community. You can learn more about the village and the work of the Port Sunlight Village Trust (AIM members) here


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