GEM Conference 2023

Ambitious for Learning: Inclusive, Quality Programmes for All



Join GEM Conference 2023 to connect and learn together with colleagues from across the UK on 13 – 15 September 2023.

This year’s Conference will focus on ambitious and quality museum programmes offering inclusive, engaging and reflective learning for all. Keynotes, members’ presentations and panel discussions complemented by workshops and site visits will provide you with a wealth of insights into the best practice examples of programming, delivery and evaluation in museum learning.

The Conference will be held in a hybrid format with all keynotes, panel discussions and presentations on the main stage being available to join live online for those who are unable to travel to Medway. There are a variety of ticket options available, including online, in-person, one day and ‘all staff’ institutional tickets. Please visit our booking page to learn more, and reserve your space.

Access to Conference Recordings

If you didn’t attend GEM Conference 2023 but would like to watch the keynotes and members’ presentations, you are welcome to purchase an All Staff or an Individual access to the videos. Get in touch with us if you are interested.

All Staff – £175

Individual – £50

Full Conference Programme


Gary Younge

Professor (University of Manchester), journalist, author and broadcaster

Migration & Windrush





Emmie Kell

Director of Museums and Cultural Property
Arts Council England

How Learning in Museums Can Be at the Heart of Arts Council’s Strategy “Let’s Create”






Sam Allen

Arts and Heritage Consultant,  Founder and Director
Creative Arts Social Consulting Ltd

Being Ambitious About Anti-Racism




Paul Barnard

Chatham Historic Dockyard

Ambitious and Quality Learning Programmes at Chatham Historic Dockyard



Stuart McLeod

Director of England, London & South
National Lottery Heritage Fund

Heritage 2033: Investing in Inclusion, Access and Participation Over the Next 10 Years




Dr Bernadette Lynch

Writer, Lecturer, Researcher
Former Deputy Director at the Manchester Museum

“We Are Agents of Our Own Change”: Museums and Solidarity in Action




Paul Cowell

Head of Culture and Libraries
Medway Council

“Culture Makes the Place” – How Strategic Partnerships, Creativity and Community Engagement Can Contribute to Place Making




Michael Maddison

Chair of Trustees
The Heritage Education Trust / The Sandford Award

Inclusive, Quality Programmes For All – How the Sandford Award Can Help

Guidance on Trans-inclusive Practice for UK Museums, Galleries and Heritage Organisations

Richard Sandell,

Professor (University of Leicester), Director of Research Centre  for Museums and Galleries 

EJ Scott,

Founder of the Museum of Transology

Panel Discussion: Early Years – The Best Investment

Catherine Ritman-Smith
Head of Learning and Engagement
Young V&A / V&A East

Nicola Wallis
Museum educator
Fitzwilliam Museum

Holly Rumble
Postgraduate Researcher
University of Dundee

In partnership with Engage





Other keynotes, panel discussions and the full Conference programme will be announced shortly. Follow us on Twitter and sign up to the eUpdates to stay updated.

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