National Programmes
Conference and Seminars

Over the last five years the British Museum has held an annual conference focused on partnerships in the museum sector.

The British Museum regularly hosts lectures, seminars and conferences, but National Programmes is sector facing, with a focus of working across the UK.

The annual conference is designed to be a networking opportunity and a chance to inspire new partnership activity. We want to make sure that the conference is relevant and useful to the museum representatives that attend.

We are open to ideas and suggestions for the annual conference. For more information contact Katy Swift:

Lecture theatre

Call for Papers

Objectively Speaking – the value and practice of object based teaching

Free Conference and debate at the British Museum, Monday 4 April 2016

Please see the PDF for further details on the conference themes and how to submit proposals for presentations, workshops and creative responses.

Objects can act as a gateway to learning, by developing skills of observation and questioning, as well as by making complex ideas relatable and enabling emotional connections. But what ‘added value’ does object based learning bring? What are the current approaches, and how is it being evidenced?

How and why should museums place objects at the centre of their teaching offer? How can they achieve and enable learning both within and outside the walls of the museum, and within schools and centres for Higher Education

With the generous support of the Vivmar Foundation, the Objectively Speaking conference will recognise the expertise and experience of museum professionals and educators across the UK and will seek to open up the debate on object based teaching by providing a platform to share best practice and explore shared challenges.

The British Museum’s national programme approach to developing the conference is open to all suggestions, presentations, workshops and discussions.

Shaped by contributions from across the UK, the conference will be free to museum professionals and educators across the UK (booking information to open and be circulated in early 2016)

The following themes have been identified to explore in proposals (please see attachment for further guidance on the themes):

  1. How can museums connect collections with classroom and academic teaching?
  2. How can objects facilitate creative teaching practice?
  3. What is the impact and opportunity of digital technology for object based teaching?

The deadline for proposals is midday on Friday 15 January 2016. For information on how to submit a proposal please download the PDF (226KB) 

Programme contributors will have their travel costs covered.

For any other enquiries please contact:

Katy Swift

National Programmes Co-ordinator, UK Partnerships