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2023 Education and Outreach forum

23 June | 10:30 - 16:30

Irish Museums Association (IMA) and Northern Ireland Museums Council (NIMC)

Event Address

President's Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Event Contacts


The IMA and NIMC are once again partnering to present the 2023 annual Education + Outreach (Ed+O) Forum - a day of discovery and sharing of knowledge, as we explore projects in museum learning and community engagement.


The Ed+O forum is a key event in the calendar for museum practitioners and educators from the wider cultural sector to meet and discuss topics of interest to their learning programmes, with a focus on the impact of museum on our communities. 

It provides an informal and supportive platform for exchanges of learnings, reflections on practice, and engagement with colleagues. With ample time for debate, it affords a place for critical engagement, examination and experimentation of ideas; where a lasting contribution can be made to the development of life-long learning and social impact in the museum context. 



The forum will take place on-site in Dublin on Friday 23 June, from 10:30 - 16:00. Sound recordings will be made available to registered delegates following the event. 

(Running order subject to minor changes) 

10:00: Doors open, tea and coffee on arrival. 

10:30 - 10:45: Welcome. Gina O’Kelly, Irish Museums Association (IMA).        

10:45 - 11:10: Working towards inclusive education in the UCD Classical Museum. Dr Jo Day, Assistant Professor in Greek Archaeology & Curator of UCD Classical Museum, and Dr Bridget Martin, Teaching Fellow and Director of Access Classics, University College Dublin.                        

11:10 - 11:35: Follow Your Nose. Julie Forrester, Artist-Facilitator, Crawford Art Gallery.

11:35 - 12:00: Exploring Dublin’s history with children: Listening, responding, and co-creating. Dervilia Roche, Historian in Residence for Children, Dublin City Council Culture.    

12:00 - 12:25: Heritage 4 Health - Social prescribing post covid. Beth Frazer, Heritage for Health Programme Coordinator, NI Environment Link.                

12:30 – 13:45 : Lunch (included)        

13:45 - 14:10: Climate Action: a collaborative climate change project and community call to action. Shauna Allen, PhD candidate, University College Cork. 

14:10 - 14:35: Unseeing Traces: Artefacts from the Kingdom of Kongo. Mark Maguire, Assistant Curator: Engagement and Learning, and Adam Stoneman, SPICE Project Researcher (2020 - 2023) at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art).  

14:35 – 15:00: Break (tea/coffee/refreshments)       

15:00 – 15:25: All Ways Home: Space Poetry Initiative. Jennie Ryan, Head of Learning and Culture at MoLI and Lily Cahill, Learning Manager at MoLI.

15:25 – 15:50: An Elephant Never Forgets. Hannah Gallagher, Learning Facilitator, NI War Memorial.

15:50 – 16:00:  Closing Comments, Catherine Doran, NI Museums Council.    

Click here to view presentation abstracts and speaker bios. 


Making your booking:  

Simply register and make payment below! 

Note: NIMC members should click on General Registration and apply the discount code provided by the NIMC. 

IMA Institutional member staff can register via their account or contact for the discount code (discount provided up to number of allocated memberships under their tier: 2 discounted places for Type A museums; 5 for Type B; 10 for Type C). 


How to get there

The forum will be held at the President's Hall, Law Society of Ireland, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. This is accessed through the main entrance and turn right to the end of the corridor. 

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Disability Access for Blackhall Place

With awareness of escalating costs and budgetary constraints, the forum has been scheduled to enable easy access to-and-from locations across Ireland within the day and minimise the need for overnight accommodation. 

  • By bus: Bus Eireann and Translink run regular services from main locations across Ireland to Dublin. Dublin Bus is Dublin’s local bus service and the forum location is serviced by several bus routes that stop on Burgh Quay: 37, 39 or 70.
  • By train: For information on national train timetables and ticketing information visit the Iarnrod Eireann or Translink websites. The national network serves Heuston and Connolly Stations, which both have frequent transport services to the conference location. The nearest local light train/tram stop is served by the LUAS (Central Zone on the Red Line) near Smithfield and the National Museum of Ireland.
  • By car: Nearby parking can be found at Park Rite (Smithfield Square) 5 mins by foot, and Q Park (Four Courts) on Usher Quay, 10 mins by foot. Both can be booked online in advance.


Registration fees: 

Light lunch and refreshments are included in registration fee. 

  • IMA & NIMC members: €30
  • General Registration: €45