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IMA Talks and Online Coffee Breaks: Members' Networking sessions

The IMA hosts regular talks and webinars, a selection of which can be viewed below. 

Museum Ireland

Museum Ireland, the annual journal of the Irish Museums Association, provides a valuable collection of selected proceedings from conferences and other events that have taken place throughout each year, critical discussion pieces, articles on new developments, along with book, museum, and exhibition reviews. 

IMA Annual Conferences

Each year, the IMA holds a themed two-day annual conference in different locations across Ireland. 

Annual Conference 2023, Derry: Influencing Museums

Annual Conference 2022, Dublin: Part of the Solution

Annual Conference 2021, online: Decolonising the Catalogues

Museum Practitioners' Forums

The Education and Outreach (Ed+O) forum takes place each Spring, in the form of a one day event gathering those working in museum education and community engagement 

(please note this section is currently being updated)

Education and Outreach Forum 2021

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    Day One: Co-production

    • The Our Irish Women exhibition: Cultural democracy in practice. Presented by Lorna Elms, Project Development Officer, Irish Community Archive Network (iCAN), National Museum of Ireland and Frances Holohan, Abbey & District Heritage Group, Irish Community Archive Network.
    • Meitheal – Community Co-Production in the CINE project. Presented by Judith McCarthy, Curator, Donegal County Museum
    • TY Project at the Douglas Hyde Gallery: Young adults as creators and consumers. Presented by Dr Fernando Sanchez, Learning & Engagement Curator, The Douglas Hyde Gallery

    Day Two: Access & Inclusion

    • IMMA’s Online Art and Ageing programme Spring 2021. Catherine Abbott, Curator Art and Ageing, Irish Museum of Modern Art
    • Connecting at home: Dementia Friendly workshops. Elaine Hill, Heritage Development Officer, Mid Antrim Museum
    • Something From There: promoting inclusion and empowerment through democratic museum practices. Brina Casey, Education Officer, National Gallery of Ireland
    • Improving Access and Inclusion Through Multi-User-Friendly Children’s Animations. Presented by Sinéad Fox, Education Officer, The Book of Kells and Old Library Exhibition, Trinity College Dublin

    Day Three: From Behind Closed Doors

    • An OPEN MIND Online case study: Adapting our learning and engagement programme for 240 students online. Róisín McGannon, Informal Learning Researcher Institution: Science Gallery Dublin
    • Curation Simulation: using Mozilla Hubs for virtual museum workshops. Adam Stoneman, former Public Engagement Coordinator, Three Muses (currently SPICE Researcher, IMMA) and Hannah Bloom, Education Coordinator, Hunt Museum (no presentation slides, see
    • Focusing on the silver lining: The pandemic as an opportunity for Museums to increase access and forge new partnerships. Claudia Kohler and Jemma O'Connell, Education, Community & Outreach Team, Kerry County Museum
    • Engaging the under 5s – Empowering Children to create their own Museums experience. Catherine Doran, Learning Facilitator, Northern Ireland War Memorial

    Day Four: Towards a Blended Future 

    • Thoughts on 'What's Next?' for blended-museum learning and engagement. Dr Elizabeth Crooke, Professor Heritage and Museum Studies, Ulster University
    • Developing new relationships with schools and communities at National Museums NI. Cailín Lynn Programme Development Manager, and Louise Rice, Education Manager, National Museum NI.
    • What happens next? Virtual Museum Learning in a post-pandemic context. Siobhan Pierce, and Helen Beaumont, Education Officers, National Museum of Ireland.