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AIM launches 2021 national conference

Virtual event will feature speakers from across government, museum support organisations and AIM members

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AIM conference 2021

AIM, the Association of Independent Museums, has announced that its 2021 national conference will take place virtually, from 16 – 18 June. The event, sponsored by ArtFund, aims to help attendees build the knowledge and skills needed to navigate the new normal and the uncertain future, in the wake of COVID-19.

The online conference will feature speakers from across government, museum support organisations and AIM members. It will be an opportunity to explore the importance of leadership and good governance as well as sharing best practice and new ways of working as the sector looks forward.

Expert insights and more

Over three days, the AIM national conference will include spaces for personal reflections and virtual networking, alongside practical sessions and expert insights. Attendees will also learn about the latest developments from policymakers and key sector bodies as well as connecting with their peers.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP, Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport
  • Tim Parker, Chair, National Trust
  • Jessica Figueras, Chair, National Childbirth Trust
  • Heather Lomas, Prospering Boards consultant
  • Sara Wajid and Zak Mensah, Joint CEOs, Birmingham Museums Trust
  • Carrie Canham, Ceredigion Museum
  • Amy Shakespeare, Innovation Manager, Cornwall Museums Partnership
  • Owen Roberts, Curator, Eyam Museum
  • Matthew Hick, Chair, Heritage Volunteering Group
  • Eleanor Moore, Sustainable Volunteering Officer, Museum Development South West
  • Piotr Bienkowski and Hilary McGowan, consultants
  • Sara Blair-Manning, Chief Executive Officer, Nottingham Castle Trust
  • Dr Jon Murden, Director, Dorset County Museum
  • Lizzie Glithero-West, Chief Executive, Heritage Alliance
  • Sarah Philip, Head of Policy, ArtFund
  • Sajida Carr, Director of Operations and Development, Creative Black Country
  • Becky Benson, Volunteering Officer, Shropshire Museums

This year, the event will be hosted on Hopin, and will also feature a dedicated expo space where AIM members can connect with suppliers.

To find out more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Last year, the Director of AIM, Emma Chaplin, spoke to blooloop about the organisation and its mission.

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Charlotte Coates is blooloop's Editor. She is from Brighton, UK and previously worked as a librarian. She has a strong interest in arts, culture and information and graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in English Literature. Charlotte can usually be found either with her head in a book or planning her next travel adventure.

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