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#IMACoffeeBreak: Learning after Lockdown

20 May | 12:00 - 12:40

Irish Museums Association

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Learning after Lockdown

With museums preparing for reopening, their role as platforms for dialogue, inspiration and connectivity is vital in reconnecting our communities. Our institutions will however be working in a very different environment as they not only adapt to measures to ensure public health and safety but also the profound effect of the Covid-19 crisis on our audiences.

In this session, we will be inviting participants to share how they are restructuring education and community programming plans to ensure continued engagement and support to their audiences: What steps will be taken to facilitate informal learning while ensuring safe interactions? Which lessons can we take from the digital-first approach adopted throughout the period of closure? How can we reconnect with our most vulnerable communities, many of whom museums haven’t been able to reach during closure? 

Looking further down the line, what lasting changes can we predict in audience behaviour and the museum’s relationships with formal learning institutions?

This session will be hosted by IMA board member Lesley-Ann Hayden, Coordinator for the Heritage Council’s MSPI.


These weekly gatherings of colleagues aim to provide connectivity between IMA members, allow you to share information and strategies, exchange ideas, and - most importantly - support each other during these difficult circumstances. 

The IMA Virtual Coffee Breaks are open to IMA members only (Individual members and staff from Institutional and Museum members). We have limited capacity at each session so please book early by logging in to your/your museum's account to avoid disappointment. 

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