AIM National Conference 2020

Port Sunlight

Are you fit for the future?

Has working in the museum and heritage sector ever been more challenging? Or, to look at it another way, have the rewards for success ever been greater? AIM’s National Conference 2020 faces these questions head on, helping delegates build their organisational and personal resilience to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and creativity.


Early-bird tickets sales open Monday 3rd February.

When and where is the conference?

Thursday 18 June – Saturday 20 June 2020 Port Sunlight Village, Wirral

Port Sunlight, the village founded by ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever in 1888 was built to house Lever’s ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers. Today it is home to a fascinating museum, beautiful architecture, a world-class art gallery, stunning parkland and a thriving community.

What can you expect from AIM National Conference 2020?

From practical sessions to personal reflections, expert plenaries to walk and talk networking, join over 300 delegates from across the UK to explore relevant and engaging sessions led by practitioners, professionals, experts and policymakers – all sharing the very latest insights and advice. And with an exhibitor expo, a programme of fascinating networking tours and social activities, it is a great time to make new contacts, catch-up and share best practice, too.

Explore the beautiful Port Sunlight village and enjoy behind the scenes tours to the nearby Unilever archives and Lady Lever Art Gallery, combined with a fun interactive session there’s plenty on offer to keep the creative ideas flowing.

Contributions from High Street brand names, universities and consultants offers knowhow from across other sectors. Together with the latest developments from policy makers and key sector bodies, AIM Conference 2020 will provide you with the knowledge, tools and inspiration to meet the future with confidence.

Confirmed speakers include

Laura Pye, Director, National Museums Liverpool
Hilary Berg, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, Iceland Foods
Ruchi Aggarwal, Director of Business Development, University of Lincoln
Mike Houlihan, Director General, Japan House
Kate Bellamy, Director, Museums, Arts Council England
Lisa Ollerhead, Head of Museums Policy, DCMS
Sarah Bardwell, Chief Executive, Britten-Pears Foundation
Emma Anderson, Director, Macclesfield Museums
Paul Harris, CEO, Port Sunlight Village Trust
Kate Parry MBE, Cumbria Museums Consortium
Lettie Ransley, Farrer & Co
Abi Godfrey, William Tregaskas, Front of House Museums
Devon Rose Turner, Group for Education in Museums
Ruth McKew, Headland Associates
Carrie Canham, Ceredigion Museum
Morrigan Mason, Carmarthenshire Museums
Sam Jenkins, Zofia Kufeldt, Peoples History Museum
Lynsey Jones, Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development North West
Alex Patterson, Brooklands Museum
Ruthanne Baxter, University of Edinburgh
Jodie Henshaw, Mansfield Museum

Social activities

AIM Conference provides an ideal occasion for networking and sharing ideas and there will be plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with fellow delegates, speakers, AIM suppliers and exhibitors.

Our packed schedule of social events includes a drinks reception in the delightful setting of Lady Lever Art Gallery followed by relaxed dinner with wine at the historic Leverhulme Hotel on Thursday 18 June, where entertainment will be provided by the fantastic Las Vegas Vinyl Club experience!

On Friday 19th June, there’s an evening social event at the wonderful National Waterways Museum and this year our Saturday study tour on June 20 includes visits to the nearby Royal Albert Dock in Liverpool where we’ll visit the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Museum of Liverpool and Open Eye Gallery.

The venue

Hulme Hall, our main conference venue, was designed by William Owen and his son, Segar. Built in 1901 as a women’s dining hall, it seated 1500 girls. It became an art gallery from 1911, housing some of the collection of William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme, prior to its removal to the Lady Lever Art Gallery around 1922. Hulme Hall was also the venue for Ringo Star’s first gig with The Beatles.

First time at AIM Conference?

For those attending the conference for the first time we are again running a ‘First Time Delegates’ lunch with AIM Trustees – it’s a great opportunity to meet new colleagues, build your network and share ideas.

AIM Conference Attendance Support Grant

The AIM Conference Attendance Support Grant is available to support small member museums attending the AIM Annual National for the first time. Read more on our AIM Training Grants page.



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