IMA Annual Conference

2016 Irish Museums Association Annual Conference

Museums for Society: Towards a Cultural Democracy

27-28 February 2016, Dublin


    10:00 – 10:45     

    Tea/Coffee: Atrium, National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2

    Registration: Lecture theatre, National Gallery of Ireland


    10:45 – 11:00     

    Welcome: Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland


    11:00 – 12:30     

    The ‘grassroots’ museum: Drogheda citizen’s role in developing and shaping a truly democratic museum

    Audrey Smith, Heritage Consultant, Drogheda Museum and Old Drogheda Society

    Local Authority Museum Network (LAMN): Preserving the past – Shaping the future

    Liam Bradley, Curator, Monaghan County Museum

    From inclusion to citizenship: Perceptions 2016

    Louise Foott, Lecturer, Dept of Arts in Health & Community Practice, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design

    Evolving from last resort to first choice: Using exhibitions to democratise access to National Library Collections

    Nicola Ralston, Assistant Keeper – Education and Outreach,  National Library of Ireland

    Moderator: Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland


    13:30 –14:15      

    Migration in museums – towards more diverse ways of narrating

    Edith Andrees, Cultural Historian and Museum Educator

    Object-based learning to support language acquisition for new arrivals

    Jo-Anne Sunderland-Bowe, Heritage Education Consultant and BSOL Programme Manager, British Museum

    Moderator: Carla Marrinan, Chief Executive Officer, National Print Museum


    14:45 – 15:30     

    Colonialism and Museums - Are we there yet?

    Briony Widdis, PhD Candidate, Ulster University

    Are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) histories locked in museum closets?

    Dr Alan Kirwan, Museum Educator, House of European History, a project of the European Parliament

    Moderator: Ken Langan,  Board Director, Irish Museums Association


    15:30 –  15:40    

    Short Break

    15:40 – 16:30     

    Democratic or Dangerous? Museums and their usefulness in contemporary society

    Dr Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies, Ulster University

    The role of National Museums in (re)negotiating national identity

    Jennifer Siung, Head of Education, Chester Beatty Library

    Moderator: Dr Hugh Maguire, Director, The Hunt Museum


    16:30 – 16:40     

    Closing Remarks: Brian Crowley IMA Chair and Curator, Pearse Museum


    16:45 – 17:00     

    Creative Europe 2014-2020 Information Session

    Audrey Keane, Creative Europe – Culture office, Arts Council


    17:45 – 19:00     

    Museum Visit and Reception: The National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, D4


    9:15 –  9:30      

    Registration:  Lecture Theatre, National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2

    9:30 – 11:00      

    Welcome: Brian Crowley, Chair, Irish Museums Association

    Launch of Proceedings: Sean Rainbird, Director, National Gallery of Ireland

    Relative success and/or absolute failure?

    Dr Jette Sandahl, Museum Advisor and former Director, Museum of Copenhagen, Denmark

    One day, all this will be yours

    Tony Butler, Executive Director, Derby Museums Trust

    Moderator: William Blair Head of Human History, National Museums Northern Ireland


    11:30 – 12:45    

    This is your museum too! Regaining trust and re-establishing connections with society in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Elma Hasimbegovic, Director, History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina

    On the Factory’s Ruins: The death of a nation and the birth of a museum

    Dr Anthony Haughey, Visual Artist and Lecturer, School of Media, Dublin Institute of Technology

    Curating Birmingham: diversity, identity and power

    Nazia Ali, Curator of ‘Collecting Birmingham’, Birmingham Museums Trust

    Moderator: Aoife Ruane, Director, Highlanes Gallery


    13:45 – 15:00    

    Panel Session: Towards a Cultural Democracy

    Chaired by Dr Ciarán Benson, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University College Dublin

    Lar Joye, Assistant Keeper, National Museum of Ireland – Art & Industrial Division

    Fiona Kearney, Director, Lewis Glucksman Gallery

    Dr Malachi O’Doherty, Writer and Broadcaster

    Eithne Verling, Director, Galway City Museum

    Trevor White, Director, Little Museum of Dublin


    15:30 – 16:20    

    Good citizenship means putting the public at the heart of our museums

    Dr Marie Bourke, Museum Professional

    Museums, Imaginaries, and the Natural History of Humankind

    Dr Aislinn O’Donnell, Lecturer in Philosophy of Education, University of Limerick

    Moderator: Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald  Lecturer, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin


    16:30 – 16:45    

    Closing Remarks and Vote of Thanks: Brian Crowley Chair, IMA


    17:00 – 17:30    

    EGM (IMA members)


    18:30 – 19:30    

    Tour of An Post’s GPO Witness History, General Post Office, O’Connell St. Lower, Dublin 1


    20:30 – 23:00    

    Conference Dinner: The Winding Stair Restaurant, 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1