AIM National Conference: Speakers & Topics

Our schedule of Conference speakers and events will be constantly updated in the coming months.

Exact Conference timings will also be updated soon, but Conference will run:

Thursday 20 June – Will start at 11.00am and end at 4.15pm

Friday 21 June – Will start at 9.30am and end at 4.00pm

Please keep checking this page to find out more and for all timings.

Inspirational keynote speakers confirmed for 2019 include:

Emma Chaplin (Director, AIM)

Richard Evans (AIM Chair)

Richard Huthwaite (Tourism marketing Manager, Newark and Sherwood District Council)

Iain Standen (CEO, Bletchley Park)

Rebekah Howey (Project Officer, Derwent Valley World Heritage Site)

Rhiannon Goddard (Assistant Head of Projects, Historic Royal Palaces)

Charlotte Morgan (Museum Manager, Cynon Valley Museum)

Kath Lynch (Director of Heritage, Port Sunlight Village Trust)

Professor Ross Parry (Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital) Leicester University)

Sejul Malde (Research Manager, Culture 24)

Quonya Huff (Commercial and Audience Development Manager, National Mining Museum Scotland Trust)

Helen Bonser-Wilton (CEO, Mary Rose Trust)

Becki Morris (Lead of Disability Co-operative Network)

Charlotte Smith (Head of Discovery and Learning, Chester Zoo)

Zara Matthews (Market Towns Museums Manager, Leicestershire County Council)

Carl Bell (Director, The Whitaker)

Marilyn Scott (Director, The Lightbox)

Liz McIvor (Trust Manager, Co-operative Heritage Trust

Matthew Tyas (Exhibition Coordinator, The Leach Pottery)

Rachel Adams (Curator, Firing Line Museum)

Julian Farrance (Head of Regimental Museums Liaison, National Army Museum)

Helen Smith (Deputy Director, The Tank Museum)

Christine Bernáth (Assistant Director, The Gurkha Museum)

Kelsey Loveless (Regimental & Corps Museums Liaison Officer, National Army Museum)

Paul Baker (Director, Creswell Heritage Trust)

Bryan Snelling (Chief Executive, Gordon Highlanders Museum)

Alexandra Walker (Chair, The British Association of Friends of Museums)

Caron Bradshaw (Chief Executive, Charity Finance Group)

Julian Smith (Partner, Farrer & Co)

Phil Lyons MBE (CEO, The National Holocaust Centre)

Lynn Podmore (Conwy MDO)

Dawn Lancaster (Llandudno Museum)

Suryiah Evans (Penmaenmawr Museum)

Fiona Talbott (Head of Museums Libraries Archives, Heritage Fund)

Professor Fiona Candlin (Birkbeck College, University of London)


Conference will cover…

Creating a great destination


How to develop attractive packages for group bookings

The visitor journey

Great destinations for communities

Understanding your audiences

Cafes, shops and more: Maximising the potential of your destination

Becoming a digitally confident museum – an update from the One by One project

Becoming a five-star attraction

Positive partnerships

Resilience in UK Regimental & Corps Museums

Small museums: transforming your destination with a capital development

The AIM Hallmarks in action

Open Up Museums: are you widening the diversity of your visitors and your workforce?

HLF: Introducing the new strategic framework

Mapping museums: findings on the independent sector 1960-2019

Charity Finance Update

Charity Law Update

Look out for

We’re a great destination because…

Walking tours of Newark: Behind the scenes on a costumed town tour

Industrial Heritage networking lunch

First time conference delegates lunch

About the walking tours in 2019

A historical tour for young audiences should be lively, visual and relevant to their lives. At the National Civil War Centre, our “Last Town Standing” Tour weaves together stories about the people and places that made Newark a key strategic stronghold in the civil wars.  A centrepiece of our Learning offer, this character led tour includes fun, archival evidence, built heritage and gore in equal parts.  Specially for AIM conference delegates, our Learning and Participation Manager will accompany the tour to combine the theatrical experience with advice and thoughts on creating engaging guided tours. (Please note this tour takes place outside so appropriate footwear and clothing should be worn).


Artelia: Sponsors of AIM National Conference 2019
Artelia: Sponsors of AIM National Conference 2019

AIM National Conference 2019 is sponsored by Artelia

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