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2024 ICOM UK Conference

12 April | 10:00 - 16:15


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Ulster Museum, Belfast

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2024 ICOM UK Conference - Common Ground: the role of museums in divided communities

We live in an age of division and discord, with many communities riven by political differences, social inequalities and, in some cases, conflict and its legacy.

This conference will explore the role of museums as important shared spaces, where differences can be ethically discussed and represented, and areas of commonality identified and valued.

Hear from museum professionals from the island of Ireland, the UK and the global museum community, in a city that has been damaged by division but through the ongoing social peace process is embracing the opportunities of the present and looking to a more positive future.


Thursday 11 April 2024:

Afternoon - organised tour options (details to follow)

Evening - Informal meet up in The Post House Pub that also offers food (delegates to pay for own food and drink)

Friday 12 April:

09:00 - 10:00 Early morning city or museum tour

10:00 - 10:40 Arrivals, refreshments (provided), informal networking

10:40 - 11:00 Keynote: Maeve McLaughlin, Manager of Bloody Sunday Trust and Director of Derry Model Project, Bloody Sunday Trust, Derry

11:00 - 12:00 Session 1 - Old Wounds: After Conflict. Panel: Chantal Umuhoza, Curator, Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR); Gerry McConville, Director, Falls Community Council, Belfast; David McGivern, Director, Roddy McCorley’s Republican Heritage Centre, Belfast

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch (provided) and informal networking

13:00 - 14:00 Session 2 - Borders and Boundaries. Panel: Liam Bradley, Curator, Monaghan County Museum; Julie Andrews, Director, Linen Hall Library, Belfast; Brenda Malone, Curator, National Museum of Ireland

14:00 - 14:10 Comfort break

14:10 - 14:30 Keynote- Nusrat Ahmed, Lead Curator (South Asia Gallery), Manchester Museum

14:30 - 15:00 Break and refreshments (provided)

15:00 - 16:00 Session 3 - A United Kingdom? Panel: Dr John Giblin, Keeper, Department of Global Arts, Cultures and Design, National Museums Scotland; Nia Williams, Director of Learning and Public Programmes, National Museums Wales; Dr William Mitchell, Project co-ordinator, Action for Community Transformative (ACT) Initiative, Belfast


CLICK HERE for more information and to book your ticket.

The ICOM UK 2024 Conference is a collaboration between ICOM UK, NMDC and National Museums NI, with support from the Northern Ireland Museums Council, the Irish Museums Association, ICOM Ireland and Barker Langham.