GEM Virtual AGM 2020

Henry McGhie Headshot, GEM

We are delighted to announce Henry McGhie as the keynote speaker for our 2020 Virtual AGM on Monday 2 November at 4pm.

Please view the 2020 AGM agenda as well as the 2019 Annual Report as well as the minutes from the 2019 AGM.

Henry McGhie founded Curating Tomorrow to help museums and their partners enhance their contributions to creating a sustainable future. He has recently written a guide for museums on how to get started with the Sustainable Development Goals. Henry has had a lifelong passion for nature, and worked in museums for nearly two decades, with an interest in using museums ‘to the max’. He has helped broker partnerships between researchers, museums and policy workers, including with the United Nations.

This event will be open to all GEM members. If you’re not yet a member, visit our membership page to join.

Virtual Member Presentations

Members presentations are a treasured part of our annual GEM conference each year. We love offering a platform to our members to talk about their work and this year, we’re going virtual! All members are invited to submit a virtual member presentation for our 2020 Virtual AGM. Please read the guidelines below if you are interested in submitting and get in touch with us if you have any questions.


  • All videos must be a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes.
  • They must be exported for YouTube in a 1080p mp4 format.
  • Please film in a quiet space and be sure the phone is turned horizontally if you are using a mobile device to film.
  • The use of video, audio and images is encouraged to show the full scope of projects.

Videos must be submitted by Wednesday, 21 October 2020. If you have any questions, please contact GEM Communications Manager, Devon Turner at

GEM Conference 2021

Due to the Covid-19, we’ve had to postpone GEM Conference 2020 at Historic Dockyard Chatham to 8, 9,10 September 2021. We look forward to welcoming GEM members to our Chatham HQ next autumn.

GEM conference is always a great opportunity to connect with the fantastic heritage learning community, sharing our challenges and celebrating our innovations.  For 2021, we are excited to welcome Gemmers from across the world to the new home of the GEM Office, Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent. There are lots of unique sites to visit and amazing learning going on in the South East of England that we are eager to share with delegates from near and far.

Our conference next year will have ample networking opportunities, hands-on workshops and plenty of unique locations and activities…. We will even be using a historical ship as the site of one of our breakout sessions!

If you’re new to GEM and GEM Conferences, you can get a flavour for how this landmark event works by checking out past conferences and reading our conference blog posts.

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