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GEM Conference 2018: Past, Present and Future

4 September - 6 September

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Past, Present and Future

To celebrate GEM’s 70th anniversary this year’s conference will be exploring how the landscape of heritage education has evolved over time with a look to what lies ahead for the sector.

We’re pleased to confirm the following keynote speakers:

•  Esme Ward, director, Manchester Museum
•  Sandeep Mahal, director, Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature
•  Beccy Speight, chief executive, Woodland Trust
•  Tony Butler, executive director, Derby Museums
•  Rhian Tritton, director of interpretation, collections & education & deputy CEO, SS Great Britain

What have we learned from previous practices and how can we ensure a sustainable and vibrant heritage education provision both now and in the future? There will be a focus on current innovative practices, which challenge previously held norms and have adapted to an ever shifting financial landscape. We shall also consider what the future holds and look at how we take our shared learning forward.

The conference will approach this through three major threads:

  1. Sharing the learning from the heritage sector, with a focus on the evolution of our practices, audiences and outcomes.
  2. Exploring current ground-breaking programmes, challenging previous thinking and developing new models.
  3. Looking to future trends in heritage education, posing possible solutions and innovative working practices to address these.

The GEM 2018 conference will be of immense help to anyone involved in managing or delivering museum, heritage or cultural learning. We shall reflect upon the progress that we have made and the possibilities open to us, so that we can move forward together with renewed positivity. Most of all, we shall seek to empower the workforce, as the roles of learning and sharing in the lives of the public grow ever more important.


Call for Papers now open!

Do you have practical experience from your own organisation that you would like to share? Then you may be just the person we need to run a session at our annual conference this year in Nottingham. Remember, we often learn a lot from something that goes wrong – please don’t be afraid to share your bitter experiences for the benefit of others!

This is your chance to contribute to and shape this year’s GEM conference. Interested in running a session? 

View the Call for Papers for more information and then complete a proposal form (Fillable PDF or Word doc) and send it to conference@gem.org.uk.

Please note, we’ve extended the proposal deadline until Tuesday 29 May 2018.  We’re especially looking for breakout sessions and member presentation proposals.


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4 September
6 September
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Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Notttingham, NG7 2RD United Kingdom
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