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laureates featured in dubrovnik, september 2019


25 september 2019

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Websites – Education 2019 Webby Award Winner

Since early 2017 National Museums Scotland have been trialling the use of contactless payment technology in the museum space to create new ways for our visitors to donate. These trials have included an interactive kiosk embedded in an exhibition, contactless payments supporting a major fundraising campaign and stand-alone terminals in the main entrance as alternatives to traditional coin box donations. Experiments are continuing as the organisation seeks to bring contactless technology into the everyday visitor experience across the museum.

Museum of London Archaeological Archive: #ArchiveLottery

Museums + Heritage Innovation Award 2018

#ArchiveLottery is an interactive public engagement activity which uses social media and digital technology to create an unpredictable and unique moment of discovery. Participants choose a number, equating to a shelf location within our store. Staff then pick an object at random from that shelf and engage the player with it. Versions have included the use of Twitter, Skype and live broadcasts over Periscope. #Archivelottery is a simple and effective way to open up museum collections winning the Innovation Award at the Museum & Heritage Show 2018 and inspiring other versions across a number of UK institutions.

Shanghai History Museum: Again Here Rings the Bell and Shanghai History. Exhibition installation structure

AVICOM Grand Prix - Claude Nicole Hocqard prize of AVICOM 2018

The film mainly focuses on the Shanghai History Museum/Shanghai Revolution Museum as a local history museum that comprehensively collects, protects, researches and displays Shanghai's urban culture. Shanghai History Museum/Shanghai Revolution Museum not only bears the heavy responsibility of being an urban history witness, but also develops and applies new media and visual technologies. Through the wise perception method of “bringing cultural relics back to life”, and by setting interactive experience exhibitions to enhance communication and interaction between museum and the public, the museum is telling the story of Shanghai's urban development.

Museum of J. A. Comenius: The Embroidery Craft

AVICOM Prize Web Site Gold 2018

The ‘Embroidery Craft’ website is part of the eponymous project focused on preserving the intangible cultural heritage of the district of Uherský Brod. The website contains a number of detailed tutorials (animations, videos, photographs, drawings, and descriptions) and is being expanded to become a well of knowledge for those who wish to uphold this tradition. The project also includes an exhibition and a book (containing a number of pictures of costume parts and craft instructions), as well as workshops where one can consult the museum conservator and folk artisans.

Roman Heritage: PO.RO.S – Museu Portugal Romano em Sicó

Heritage in Motion Best Achievement Award 2018

At PO.RO.S you can discover the history of a remarkable civilization. Commissioned by the municipality of Condeixa-a-Nova, the Glorybox and M&A Digital teams started to design, in 2016, an innovative space that does more than telling history. The goal was to create a museum where it’s possible to experience ancient lifestyles. The concept of “learning through experience” was the basis for the creation of beautiful multimedia applications that stimulate the senses and provide an unparalleled experience. Since its opening, on May 6, 2017, the museum has astonished visitors, the press and cultural organizations.

National Museum of the American Indian: Americans

IDCA Best Website Award 2018

The Americans website launched with the opening of the Americans exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Americans uncovers the many ways American Indian images, names, and stories have been part of the nation’s history, identity, and pop culture since before the country began. The Americans website encourages users to engage with the complicated relationship Americans have with American Indians, and illustrates that these images, words, and stories are a powerful way to understand a country forever fascinated and conflicted by its relationship with American Indians. 

Hungarian National Museum: GuideNow - Extended Multimedia Guide System

AVICOM Prize Mobile Application Gold 2018

GuideNow is a dynamically expandable, easy-to-use, complex multimedia guide system. Visitors can quickly and simply access exhibition contents via their own smart device. They no longer have to queue and adapt to old-fashioned audio guides. Our interactive multimedia guide offers them a more comfortable and personal experience, as they can visit exhibitions at their own pace and interest. Multimedia content may contain text, sound, image, animation, video and 3D models. In 2018 GuideNow won a gold medal in mobile application category at the AVICOM F@IMP 2.0 festival in Germany.

Cultlab3d: Automated Scanning Technology For 3d Digitisation

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2018 - Research

CultLab3D is an extendable, multi-modular scanning facility using the next generation of autonomous and compliant robots as well as optical scanning technologies. The system consists of two scanning units (CultArc3D, CultArm3D) connected by a tray conveyor system. The entire acquisition process for geometry and texture of an object takes less than ten minutes on average, at a resolution in the sub-millimeter range. CultLab3D is designed for fully automatic high-precision 3D acquisition of objects at high throughput, covering numerous needs both in the cultural heritage and industrial domains.

#Romanovs100 & #1917LIVE

Shorty Award for Best in Education 2018

We live in an intense and noisy world that we mostly perceive through gadgets & social media. Our brains are now accustomed to consuming information through what we know as the newsfeed. Younger generations already have this timeline mentality from early childhood. Our challenge is to identify how innovative educational projects could resonate with this model of thinking. Presenting #1917LIVE & #Romanovs100: social media storytelling projects which help young people engage with history and become active participants in digital storytelling through Q&As, polls, contests, VR experiences, community hashtags. It shows that learning history can be immersive, engaging and even entertaining

National Museum of Australia: Songlines: tracking the Seven Sisters Interactive

MAPDA 2018 Award for Program Website / Level B

Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition showcases the unique cultural heritage of Australia (claimed to be the oldest continuous culture in the world), in a contemporary light, telling ancient stories in an immersive and engaging way. The exhibition experience is the likes of which you and your audiences have never encountered before and this is why it was awarded the Most Outstanding Exhibition at the Museums and Galleries National Awards in 2018, and won best program website at the Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards.

Virtual Museum of Fine Arts

Heritage in Motion Award for Best App 2018

The museum quarter on Volkhonka street will become one of the largest museum spaces in Europe and hundreds of various specialists are involved in its creation. In any large project, communications play a key role. The process of designing a museum town and future exhibitions is going in virtual reality. It became transparent for all participants of the project: the museum staff, architects and officials from the Ministry of Culture.Future visitors see panoramas 360 created from this tool on their smartphones using branded Google Cardboard.

Chaney Goodman Schwerner Theater by Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

MUSE Video, Film, & Computer Animation Gold Award 2018

The Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner theater documents the 1964 murder of Freedom Summer volunteers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.  The volunteers were abducted and murdered while investigating the bombing of a church in Philadelphia, Mississippi. A forty-four day search ended after a tip led investigators to the three bodies buried in a dam in Neshoba County. The Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner Theater was designed by Hilferty and Associates, fabricated and installed by Exhibit Concepts, Inc. and the film was produced by Monadnock Media Group and narrated by broadcast journalist Howard Ballou.

Van Gogh Museum: Seeing with a Japanese Eye

Museums in Short Award 2018 / Exhibits

How can you explain to your museum audience, the fundamental impact Japanese prints had on the art of Vincent van Gogh? The exhibition video offered a visual explanation of the stylistic and compositional elements that the artist took from the Japanese woodcuts. After watching it, visitors were able to look at a painting by Van Gogh and recognise these elements, such as the flat colour planes or the dominant diagonals. The video acted as an eye opener, allowing everyone who was interested, to see Van Gogh’s art ‘with a Japanese eye’.

Royal Museums Greenwich: Space LIVES

Shorty Award for Best Cultural Institution 2018

Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) is a UK top-10 visitor attraction and home to four iconic sites, including the Royal Observatory. In 2018, RMG launched a pioneering new series ‘Space LIVES’ with the aim of engaging audiences with space and astronomy. The series broadcast major astronomical events from the Observatory to audiences worldwide through Facebook Live. The project delivered exceptional results. Combining standout live-streams, expert commentary, user generated content, SEO strategy and press channels to drive awareness, it won ‘The Shorty’ social media award for Best Cultural Institution.

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Projects Core Prog

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26-27 september 2019

Culture Leap: Educational Programme, Helsinki, Finland

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2018

The Culture Leap project aimed to increase the number of Cultural Education Plans in Finland. A Cultural Education Plan is a public programme for schools which ensures that all children and young people get a chance to experience cultural heritage. The elaborate project produced an online tool that enables municipalities to independently prepare a Cultural Education Plan based on local and regional heritage. The tool is freely available to public, and it exists in three languages (Finnish, Swedish and English). 

Museum of Tomorrow, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Best Soft Power Organisation Award 2018

The Museum of Tomorrow (MoT) is a museum of applied sciences that explores the opportunities and challenges that humanity will face in the coming decades from the perspectives of sustainability and coexistence. The MoT offers a narrative about how we can live and shape the next 50 years. A journey towards possible futures, from great questions, such as humanity has always been on. Guided by the ethical values of Sustainability and Coexistence, essential for our civilization, the Museum also seeks to promote innovation, disseminate the advances of science and publish the vital signs of the planet.

Gulag History State Museum, Moscow, Russia

Intermuseum Grand-prix 2018

The Gulag History State Museum belongs to the category of “museums of memory” and is dedicated to the history of the corrective forced labour camp system that was the instrument of state repressive policy in the Soviet Union from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Museum’s major mission is to preserve the historical past and re-think it in the name of the future. The Museum is intended to become a public platform for public presentation, studying and discussing the most relevant aspects of forced labour and political imprisonment.

SMAC Staatliches Museum fur Archaologie Chemnitz, Germany

European Museum Academy DASA Award 2018

The SMAC, opened in 2014, presents a permanent exhibition on the archaeology of what is now the territory of the Free State of Saxony, a German Bundesland. Featuring around 6.200 objects in an innovatively designed display, the exhibition shows how humans gradually transformed the natural environment into an agrarian settlement structure and eventually into the modern cultural landscape. The museum is housed in an icon of classical modernism, the former Schocken Department Store, designed by Erich Mendelsohn. With its exhibitions on the history of the building itself the museum fulfils its obligation to German-Jewish heritage.

Centre d’histoire Montréal: Explosion 67, Montréal, Canada

Canadian Museums Association Awards for Outstanding Achievement: Exhibitions UNDER $1M / Cultural Heritage

To mark the 50th anniversary of Expo 67, the Centre d’histoire de Montréal presented Explosion 67.Youth and Their World, a living portrait of this event through the impressions of the era's youth. Through their often humorous accounts, along with visual and sound archives from the late 1960s, this watershed period is recaptured in immersive sets and a lively multimedia environment. A visit to Explosion 67 is a passport to “Enter” the magical mystery of one of the world’s fair pavilions: an experience full of anticipation, emotions, and revelations!  

Museum of the Alka of Sinj, Sinj, Croatia

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2018

The Museum of the Alka of Sinj is one of the most state-of-the-art museums in Croatia. Its permanent exhibition meets the highest museum standards, both when it comes to presentation and technology. The guiding idea of the Museum is to bring the indelible experience of the Alka of Sinj closer to all visitors, and to familiarise them with this truly exceptional custom – one whose value has also been recognised by UNESCO, who included it in its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2010.

Estonian National Museum. Tartu, Estonia

European Museum Forum's Kenneth Hudson Award 2018

In October 2016, the new building of the Estonian National Museum (ENM) was opened in the Raadi area in Tartu. The reconstruction of the museum has given rise to vast urban changes in the area. Through the renewal process emerged the new complex cultural institution, with rich cultural programmes and exhibitions. In the ENM visibility has been given to the stories and artefacts of common people. The exhibition production brought together hundreds of people from different eras and backgrounds, with their life stories and worldviews.

LAMO Center, Ladakh, India

2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation / Award of Distinction

The Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO) is a public charitable trust established to articulate an alternative vision for the arts and media in Ladakh. The organization set up the LAMO Centre in two 17th century historical houses in the Old Town of Leh, below the Palace. The houses were restored by LAMO, and converted to an arts space with exhibition galleries, offices, library, sound studio and open-air performance site. The Centre conducts outreach programs, research and documentation projects, workshops, art residencies, performances and exhibitions that showcase Ladakh’s material and visual culture, performing arts and literature.

Holland Open Air Museum and Kossmann de Jong: The Canon of Dutch History, The Netherlands

Museums + Heritage The International Award 2018

The Canon of Dutch History is a presentation of the entire history of the Netherlands. The presentation shows highs and lows in Dutch history on the basis of historical persons, events and subjects. Kossmann.dejong’s design is imagined as a multimedia film set. The theatrical combination of physical, interactive and audiovisual media with unique collection presentations results in an engaging and fascinating visual narrative. The carefully reconstructed spatial collage of historic icons is interwoven with stories from everyday people, giving visitors an in-depth experience of the past from today’s perspective.

Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland

Živa Award 2018 for Best Slavic Museum

The Emigration Museum in Gdynia is long-awaited, and is the first museum in Poland to present the history of emigration from Poland and Polish lands over the centuries, with a particular focus on the last 200 years. It is based in a historic building, which for many years served as the Gdynia Marine Station, from which thousands of emigrants left Poland in various circumstances. It is a place of history and strong emotions, which has now recovered its original style and beauty. It gives visitors an opportunity to understand timeless experience of travelling through nations and cultures.

Maritiem Museum Rotterdam, The Netherlands

BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs 2018

With the Offshore Project the Maritime Museum dared to change course. From a cultural institute that focused on telling stories from the past, they became a museum where present and future are the key elements. By joining forces with the maritime industry they were able to open a successful 800m2 Offshore Experience, lay the base for a national offshore collection and set course towards technology as the main focus for their educational programs. The best proof of success was winning the ‘Museum of the year’ title in the BankGiro Loterij Museumprijs last May with 42.477 public votes. 

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: SPACE (School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement), United States

AAM EdCom Award for Innovation in Museum Education 2018

Located in Chicago’s historic Water Tower district, the mission of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is to serve as an innovative centre where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the social and cultural context of the art of our time.  Its newest learning initiative, SPACE (School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement), embodies this mission. Socially engaged artists establish studios inside public schools and as their creative practices take shape, students learn about the potential of art and civics to dynamically change our world.

Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya, Kyoto, Japan

2018 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation / Award of Excellence 2018

Machiya in Kyoto continue to be in danger of disappearing as a result of today’s urban development. The Kyoto machiya were included on the World Monuments Watch in 2010 and 2012 to focus attention on the local efforts to preserve them. The restoration of Shijo Ofune-hoko Float Machiya is the third phase of World Monuments Fund’s Kyoto Machiya project. The successful project returned the Shijo Ofune-hoko Float to its place of pride in the annual Gion Festival and sets a model for the survival of Kyoto’s machiya through community action and meticulous restoration.

Bač Fortress, Bač, Serbia

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2018

The Centuries of Bač is exemplary case of implementing an integrated and holistic approach to heritage conservation, creating conditions for social and economic development of the Bač Municipality. In 2006-2018, the Centuries of Bač developed through strategic national and European projects and became a platform for implementing contemporary heritage conservation and management concepts in Serbia. The approach moved from dealing with one individual cultural property, the Bač Fortress, through inter- and multidisciplinary investigations, to defining this part of the Danube region as a cultural landscape, inscribed on UNESCO’s Tentative List.

Three Gorges Museum (Chongqing Museum), Chongqing, China

Most Innovative Museums in China Award 2018

The Three Gorges Museum (Chongqing Museum) is a comprehensive provincial museum which integrates research on the local culture of the Ba-Yu region, the civilization of the Three Gorges region, Chongqing history in the rear area during the Anti-Japanese War, the phenomenon of population migration and city culture. The museum consists of the main hall, the White Crane Underwater Museum, the Exhibition Hall of Soong Ching-ling’s Former Residence, Tushan Kiln Site and Cultural Relics Protection Base. The museum presents 11 permanent exhibitions and 20-30 temporary exhibitions every year. It welcomes 2.1 million visitors annually.

Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Museums Association United Kingdom Museums Change Lives Awards 2018 / Best Project Award

Birmingham Museums Trust is the largest civic museum service in England, set up by Birmingham City Council in 2012 to manage its collection and venues. The internationally significant collection includes around 1 million items. They are displayed and stored in nine venues, including six Listed buildings and one Scheduled Ancient Monument, attracting 1.2 million visitors a year. Birmingham is a young, multi-cultural city and BMT has a growing track record of attracting diverse audiences through controversial but award-winning projects involving community engagement, social inclusion and co-curation.

Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, Japan

German Design Award 2018 for Excellent Communication Design

The Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka, launched on March 26, 2016, is the prefecture-owned museum of natural and environmental sciences in Japan. It renovated a closed high school building, and, in order to realize the design concept of “a thought-provoking museum,” the classrooms and related goods (e.g., tables and chairs), previously used there, were reused as the exhibition rooms/materials. The fascinating design, produced by the members of Tanseisha Co., Ltd, has been awarded seven international and four domestic prizes.

Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding, Betina, Croatia

European Museum Forum’s Silletto Prize 2018

Betina is the only remaining centre for small wooden shipbuilding in Croatia and in recent years has become the synonym for traditional shipbuilding. Contributing to the preservation of historical and cultural knowledge, people in Betina formed a council with the intention to collect and recover knowledge and practices consistent with the town’s 300 year culture. The Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding is a direct result, creating a cultural hub and promoting tradition while raising awareness for cultural heritage and local identity. The museum’s collaboration with community raises awareness and cultural significance of wooden shipbuilding in Croatia and in wider Europe.

Hebei Museum, Shijiazhuang, China

Most Innovative Museums in China Award 2018

Hebei Museum, founded in 1953, is located in Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province, China. It is a first-class national museum with a total floor area of 5,3128 square meters. It is divided into two districts, north and south. The south galleries host nine permanent exhibitions such as "Mighty Ancient Zhongshan State", and the north galleries display four series of temporary exhibitions, such as "Hebei Story", "China Story", "World Story" and "Natural Story". In 2018, Hebei Museum was awarded the distinction of most innovative Museum in China.

The Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, United States

National Medal for Museum and Library Service 2018

The Detroit Historical Society is dedicated to “telling Detroit’s stories and why they matter.” Few of those stories are more profound than the week of racially-charge violence that erupted in July 1967. Fifty years later, the Society convened a community-wide commemoration of the uprising that asked Detroiters to not only understand their past, but to acknowledge that lingering issues need to be addressed if the city is to realize a brighter future. The result was the award-winning, multi-faceted project, “Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward.”

Epico: European Protocol In Preventive Conservation, Coordinated In Versailles, France

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2018

The Palace of Versailles oversees the European research programme for developing a preventive conservation strategy for the collections and interiors of historic houses: EPICO, European Protocol in Preventive Conservation. The aim of the EPICO was to devise an assessment method specially designed for collections and the specific risks related to historic houses. This new method provides an overall view of maintenance priorities that aim to limit the amount of restoration required with a significant beneficial impact on the economic management of resources and tangible effects on the long term preservation of cultural property.

Museum of Modern art PERMM, Perm, Russia

ICOM Russia Award 2018

PERMM is not only a museum but an interactive platform for the collective acts of artists, visitors, curators and politicians. The Museum’s goal is to transform the city’s space, to humanize industrial zones, to provide cultural leisure facilities, and to increase the attractiveness of the city to tourists and travellers. Project “Common yard” is an educational program designed to involve older people      in contemporary art practices. For several weeks elderly people created art objects for their yards, with the help of artists and volunteers, which reflected themes of collective and personal memory of the place.

Tate St Ives, Cornwall, United Kingdom

Art Fund Museum of the Year Award 2018

Tate St Ives is an art gallery which re-opened in 2017 following a £20 million building project. Positive engagement with local communities over the capital development acted as a catalyst for real change. Emerging from discussions with our stakeholders and visitors, the gallery now offers year-round displays celebrating the important contribution of the modernist twentieth century artists who lived and worked in Cornwall and spectacular new galleries to show the best of international modern and contemporary art, in a welcoming environment, in a unique location.

Rijksmuseum Boerhaave by Studio Louter / OPERA Amsterdam, The Netherlands

IDCA Best Scenography for a Permanent Exhibition Gold 2018

The science and medicine museum Boerhaave has a world-renowned collection with objects such as the first microscope, Einstein’s pen and anatomical drawings of Vesalius. To bring visitors in contact with the stories and people behind these objects OPERA Amsterdam and Studio Louter worked together on developing the spatial design, storyline, AV and interactive installations. Like scientists who made discoveries by seeing the world differently, visitors are now offered the chance to see the collection and the history of science differently.

War Childhood Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Council of Europe Museum Prize 2018

Rising from the crowd-sourced book War Childhood and championing the principles and practices of social entrepreneurship, the independent, youth-led War Childhood Museum has garnered recognition as the world’s only museum focused exclusively on childhoods that have been affected by war. Its first permanent exhibition opened in 2017, seven years after the project’s beginnings, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The 2018 Council of Europe Museum Prize – one of the most prestigious awards in the museum industry – was awarded to the WCM as part of the European Museum of the Year Awards.

Museu Metalúrgica Duarte Ferreira (Tramagal), Abrantes, Portugal

Associação Portuguesa de Museologia Museum of the Year 2018

Inaugurated in May 2017, it is a project that involved many people from the local community, which donated objects, shared stories and helped identify items in the collection. This local museum has aspirations of national importance and is concerned with preserving memories and both material and immaterial heritage. It is in service of the community, of, with and for the people. In 2018 the Museum received the Best Portuguese Museum Prize from Portuguese Association of Museology (APOM), under the high patronage of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland

Finnish Museums Association Museum of the Year 2018

EMMA believes in active interaction in society and the power of art and design to inspire and evoke a unique experience. Located at Exhibition Centre WeeGee, EMMA has the largest exhibition spaces in Finland. The clean-lined modern architecture enhances the experiential presentation of EMMA’s program and two collection exhibitions permanently on display. The Touch exhibition is a curated pick of Finnish and international contemporary and modern art from Saastamoinen Foundation Art Collection. The Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation Collection showcases Finnish design and art at a new museal concept, the Visible Storage, a unique fusion of a storehouse, exhibition and workspace.

Association Of The International Private Committees For The Safeguarding Of Venice, Italy

EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2018

The Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice gathers 21 organisations from 11 different countries (Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK, USA ). Its members have been committed for more than 50 years to the safeguarding of the precious heritage of Venice, financing restorations, researches, studies, training, publications, hiring local companies, professionals, scholars to contribute to maintain the city living.

Museum Island and Humboldt-Forum: A New Centre for Art and Culture in Berlin

SPOTLIGHT Special Lecture

The restoration of the Museum Island and the realization of the Humboldt Forum in the rebuilt Berlin Palace are crucial projects in transforming the historical centre of Berlin into a unique place of world cultures. The Humboldt Forum, with collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas, will transform Museum Island into a location with a global artistic vision. Even more than that, the Humboldt Forum shall be a place for cooperation and co-production with the world.

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Presenters IMAGINES

presenters of imagines 

Rob Cawston, Head, Digital Media, National Museums Scotland

Presenting: National Museums Scotland - Contactless Donations Experience

Rob Cawston is the Head of Digital Media at National Museums Scotland where he leads digital strategy, content creation and product development. He has over 15 years’ experience of creating digital products and leading digital transformation projects in the cultural sector. His previous work includes heading up digital teams at a range of heritage and arts organisations in the UK, including BAFTA and the Royal Institution.

Adam Corsini, Archaeological Archive Manager, Museum of London

Presenting: Museum of London Archaeological Archive - #ArchiveLottery

Adam has a background in classical and commercial archaeology and moved into collections management. In 2008 he co-created the Volunteer Inclusion Programme; a multi award winning scheme that centres on training an inclusive mix of people in collections care practices, to improve the accessibility of archaeological material. His expertise lies in public engagement, with programmes such as ‘Unearthing Outer London’, (exploring the possibilities of public participation by fusing collections work with public engagement), and #ArchiveLottery, resulting in sector-leading models of best practice for both museum volunteering and visitor involvement.

Shan Shan Tan , Head, Information Center, Shanghai History Museum

Presenting: Shanghai History Museum: Again Here Rings the Bell and Shanghai History

Ms. TAN Shan Shan, is the Head of the Information Center, Shanghai History Museum/Shanghai Revolution Museum. She used to work as a Chinese language teacher at a high school. Engaged in the museum industry for 11 years, Ms. Tan mainly works on the museum's public relations, education, and the museum’s  digital information work.

Veronika Provodovská, Conservator and Keeper, Ethnographic Collection, Museum of J. A. Comenius

Presenting: Museum of J. A. Comenius: The Embroidery Craft

Veronika is the main producer of the Embroidery Craft project. Since 2004, she has been interested in sewing, embroidery, weaving, and folk costumes production using traditional hand-made techniques. She makes new costumes and also recreates old ones, based on surviving documents and fragments. A leader of the ‘Šibalice’ women’s choir and the ‘Slivečky’ children’s ensemble, she with her husband have raised their three daughters to love folk costumes, folklore, and their family dulcimer band.

Filipe Marques, CEO, M&A Digital

Presenting: Roman heritage: PO.RO.S – Museu Portugal Romano em Sicó

The passion for communication and technology led Filipe Marques to found his company in 1998. His background in Public Relations and Design fueled his desire to surround himself with a team that creates striking projects. Always contributing with news ideas and challenges, Filipe Marques has been the driving force behind the growth of M&A Digital.

Laurie Swindull, Web Project Manager, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Presenting: Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian: Americans

Laurie Swindull has been a visual problem solver for more than thirty years. She is currently the project manager of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s award-winning web team. In 1996, she founded Swim Design, which for sixteen years created online and interactive products for museums, schools, and cultural institutions. Formally trained as a graphic designer, she earned degrees from the Schule für Gestaltung in Basel, Switzerland and American University in Washington, DC.

Gábor Szabó, Head, Productuion, VARyou Digital

Presenting: Hungarian National Museum: GuideNow - Extended Multimedia Guide System

Cofounder, co-partner and head of production at VARyou Digital. The Hungary-based company offers disruptive digital and audiovisual solutions that allow a brand new wave of perception. GuideNow is their award-winning extended multimedia guide system developed for exhibitions. VARyou has also created other state-of-the-art solutions such as Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) apps that are used by users in many different areas.

Ivor Crotty, Deputy Director, Creative and Innovations, RT

Presenting: #Romanovs100 & #1917LIVE

Ivor became head of Social Media for the RT network in 2012, developing growth strategy and leading group relations with the social platforms. He set-up the RT Digital social-media journalism and UGC verification team in 2015. Ivor was part of the creative team that developed the historical social media project #1917LIVE - proud winners of Shortys for Education and Social Good, a Webby and Adweek Arc awards. He is Creative & Innovations Department Director with responsibility for brand storytelling and outreach on #1917LIVE, #Romanovs100 & #FansEyeView, a World Cup storytelling platform. He enjoys digital anthropology and building bridges

Martin Ritz, Deputy Head, Competence Center, Cultural Heritage Digitization, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research

Presenting: Cultlab3d: Automated Scanning Technology For 3d Digitisation

Martin Ritz has been deputy head of Competence Center Cultural Heritage Digitization at Fraunhofer IGD since 2012 after being a research fellow in the department of Interactive Engineering Technologies. Next to technical coordination, his research targets the acquisition of 3D geometry and optical material behavior, describing light interaction of objects for arbitrary combinations of light and observer directions. He received his Master of Science degree in Informatics 2009 from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, as well as his Master of Science degree Computer Science 2008 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

Sarah Ozolins, Head, International and Domestic Engagements, National Museum of Australia

National Museum of Australia: Songlines: tracking the Seven Sisters Interactive

With almost twenty-year experience in the cultural sector Sarah Ozolins manages a rapidly growing business unit which takes the National Museum of Australia programs and activities to the nation and abroad. Responsible for driving the strategic direction for national and international outreach program and overseeing the international and the domestic touring exhibition program, the Museum’s Memoranda of Understanding with cultural institutions nationally and internationally, and the development of the Museum’s cultural diplomacy activities taking a key role in the articulation of the Museum’s strategic position in respect to soft power and working closely with Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Alexander Lavrov, CEO,

Presenting: Virtual Museum of Fine Arts

Alexander and his team created more than 40 interactive projects for museums worldwide. They received 17 international awards in this area and continue to bring innovations to the museum industry. He is also the President at virtual reality association Moscow chapter and member of many computer graphic associations like ACM Siggraph and Eurographics. At ICOM he is independent consulter and helps museums around the world implement modern multimedia technologies

Pamela D.C. Junior, Director, Two Mississippi Museums

Presenting: Chaney Goodman Schwerner Theater by Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Formerly the manager of Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center, Pamela has more than 17 years of experience as a museum professional. Pamela recognizes the importance of telling the absolute truth when interpreting the history of those who fought and died for change in the South.  Pamela is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and a graduate of Jackson State University.  In her spare time, Pamela enjoys writing, reading, and working with organizations of service.

Jolein van Kregten, Curator of Education, Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam)

Presenting: Seeing with a Japanese Eye by Van Gogh Museum

Jolein van Kregten, Curator of Education of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, serves a public numbering millions, on site (in the museum) and online (worldwide). She is always on the look-out for new ways to tell stories about art and inspire her audience. Often the combination of the ‘analog’ and digital media provides the best way to explain what we know about Vincent van Gogh and his art.

Lisa Leigh, Head of Marketing, Royal Museums Greenwich

Presenting: Royal Museums Greenwich: Space LIVES

Lisa is Head of Marketing at Royal Museums Greenwich where she leads an integrated team to drive reach, revenue, reputation and audience engagement for the organisation. She has over 15 years’ experience of marketing within the cultural sector, working across audience insight, segmentation, brand, campaigns, CRM and digital engagement. She has previously worked for a range of organisations including as culture marketing lead for the GLA and Mayor of London and as Head of Marketing for English National Opera.

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presenters of the core programme

Ira Vihreälehto, Project manager, Culture Leap: Cultural Education Plans

Presenting: Culture Leap - Educational Programme

Ira Vihreälehto (MA, history) works as a senior advisor at the Association of Cultural Heritage Education in Finland. She also worked as a Project manager for Culture Leap: Cultural Education Plans. She has 20 years of experience in the field of education as a teacher of history and social sciences, school principal and teacher trainer. She has published textbooks and digital learning materials for schools and written two non-fiction history books. She is a member of “Identify and promote best practices of Finnish intangible cultural heritage 2018-20”, a group set up by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture.

Ricardo Piquet, Director, Museum of Tomorrow

Presenting: Museum of Tomorrow

Ricardo Piquet is a visionary cultural entrepreneur who consistently pushes the boundaries of what museums can be. Throughout his career, he has worked with public, private, and non-governmental organisations to develop and grow the cultural sector in Brazil. Ricardo founded the Institute for Development and Management (IDG) in 2013 to support the creation and development of new cultural projects around the values of joy, collaboration, creativity, and respect. He is the founding director of The Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. 

Anna Stadinchuk, Deputy Director for Development, Gulag History State Museum

Presenting: Gulag History State Museum

Anna graduated from the Lomonosov Moscow State University’s Faculty of Journalism. Since 2012 she has been working in the Gulag History State Museum. Currently she is the Deputy Director for Development. She supervises the work of the Education Department, the Social and Volunteer Centre and the PR Department, and manages special projects and programs addressed to the public.

Jens Beutmann, Senior Curator, SMAC

Presenting: State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz

Jens Beutmann studied Prehistoric and Medieval Archaeology and History in Hamburg, Dublin (UCD) and Freiburg. For several years he directed excavations and conducted research on medieval towns in Saxony, writing his PhD thesis on Zwickau. From 2008 onwards he was involved in the conceptual design process for the SMAC and now is head of the Exhibitions and Visitor Service Division of the museum.

Catherine Charlebois, Curator, Exhibitions and Collections, Centre d’histoire de Montréal

Presenting: Centre d’histoire Montréal – Explosion 67

Catherine Charlebois has been the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Centre d’histoire de Montréal since 2009. She coordinated several award-winning oral history-based exhibitions such as Lost Neighbourhoods, Scandal! Vice, Crime and Morality in Montréal, 1940-1960 and Explosion 67. Youth and Their World. These various projects have led her to specialise in the curation of personal accounts in museums.

Tomislav Barhanović, Curator, Sinjska alka Museum

Presenting: Sinjska alka Museum

From 2014 Tomislav Barhanović was the Head of the Sikirica Gallery, within the Cultural Centre Sinj. During his work in the gallery, he submitted the "Wedding customs of Sinj and Cetinski kraj" project to the Museums and Galleries Programme of the Ministry of Culture of Croatia, which the Ministry recognized and later financed. From 2017 he works at the Sinjska alka Museum with museum visitors as a guide through the exhibition and provides information about museum collections. He is concerned with the maintenance and preservation of museum collections and cataloguing of museum materials.

Alar Karis, Director, Estonian National Museum

Presenting: Estonian National Museum

During his career Alar has worked at several universities in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. In 1999 Alar Karis became a professor at the University of Tartu. As the Rector of the Estonian University of Life Sciences (2003-2007) and Rector of the University of Tartu (2007-2012), he carried out several reforms in order to internationalize higher education in Estonia and broaden the horizons of both teaching and learning.  Since 2018, Alar Karis has been the Director of the Estonian National Museum.

Monisha Ahmed, Executive Director, Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO)

Presenting: LAMO Center

Monisha Ahmed is co-founder and Executive Director of the Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO). Her work focuses on art practices and material culture in Ladakh. Her doctoral degree from Oxford University developed into the book Living fabric – Weaving among the Nomads of Ladakh Himalaya (Orchid Press, 2002). She has co-edited Ladakh – Culture at the Crossroads (Marg 2005), collaborated on Pashmina – The Kashmir Shawl and Beyond (Marg 2009). She has also curated exhibitions including ‘Mapping Old Town, Leh’ (2013) and ‘thread by thread’ on textiles from the Siachen Glacier (2015).

Herman Kossmann, Teus Eenkhoorn & Martine Barnhard

Presenting: Holland Open Air Museum and Kossmann.dejong, The Canon of Dutch History

Herman Kossmann set up an interdisciplinary design office with Mark de Jong: Kossmann.dejong in 1998. It became an international operating design studio specialising in exhibition design and interior architecture, spanning from temporary and permanent exhibitions for museums to visitor centres, historic sites, World Expos, brand experiences and interiors. Previously the general director of the Reinwardt Academy for 8 years, Business director of the Royal Tropical Institute for 9 years and alongside this Advisor for the Counsel of Culture in the Netherlands Teus Eenkhoorn has been the director of Holland Open Air Museum since 2018. Martine Barnhard graduated as an interior designer at the Utrecht School of Arts (1998), then worked for 6 years as Interior Architect at Buro Ex Interiors, and from 2004 worked at the Holland Open Air Museum, first as project leader and deputy head at the Presentation department, and from 2018 as the head of exhibitions.

Sebastian Tyrakowski, Deputy Director, Emigration Museum in Gdynia

Presenting: Emigration Museum in Gdynia

Sebastian is a senior manager with over 15 years of experience in culture and the public sector. He worked on the development and delivery of many high-profile projects, i.e. Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008. He has extensive knowledge of local and regional government structures. He worked for the local authority sector coordinator for Merseyside (UK), where he was involved in drafting and implementing strategic policies and programmes. He was Chief Consultant in the City of Gdansk European Capital of Culture 2016 bid office. Since 2012, he has been working at the Emigration Museum.

Lucie Kuijpers, Development Manager, Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

Presenting: Maritiem Museum Rotterdam

During her study in museology at Reinwardt Academy she already knew: you can connect people with culture when you touch hearts and just find the way to really hear what they are saying. Working as PR officer and educator at the Noordbrabants Museum, and later as exhibition developer at The Maritime Museum, she told stories in several different ways. Now, as development manager, she focuses on listening to potential partners and finding out how, by combining strengths and needs, you can reach higher potential.

Marissa Reyes, Director, Learning and Public Programs, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Presenting: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Marissa Reyes is the Director of Learning and Public Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where she is responsible for the strategic and creative leadership of the museum’s full range of programs, including school partnerships, lectures, tours, family days, late night events, teen programs, and community engagement. Over the past twelve years at the MCA, Reyes has spearheaded important initiatives, such as the award-winning SPACE (School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement) and Teen Creative Agency (TCA) programs that continue to garner accolades for innovation.

Hung-hsi Chao, Program Associate, World Monuments Fund

Presenting: Shijo-cho Ofune-hoko Float Machiya

Hunghsi joined the WMF in 2013. Since then, he has participated in numerous conservation field projects and educational programs in China, Japan, India, Turkey, Bhutan, and East Asia. Previously, Hunghsi worked as a senior planner in the Cultural Affairs Department of Taipei, Taiwan, where he helped establish Taiwan’s first National Trust and was responsible for cultural heritage designation, research, and advocacy. After receiving both his M.S. and Ph.D. in building and planning from National Taiwan University, he earned his M.S. in Historic Preservation from Pratt Institute in New York.

Slavica Vujović, Chief, Architectural Sector, Provincial Institute for Protection of Cultural Monuments, Petrovaradin

Presenting: Bač Fortress

Slavica Vujović, Ph.D. conservation architect, adviser and chief of the Architectural Sector at the Provincial Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments – Petrovaradin. Of special interest is the work on local development projects based upon cultural heritage valorisation. Since 2006, she has been an initiator and a manager of the Development Project of Integrated Protection of the Heritage, “Centuries of Bač”.

Cheng Wuyan, Director, Chongqing Museum

Presenting: Chongqing Museum

Professor of relics and museology with a master degree, he is currently party secretary and also the vice chairman of the Chinese Museums Association. He served in several administrative departments of higher education institutions, presided over the building and compilation of the The Master Plan of Chongqing Anti-Japanese War Site Protection and Utilization, The 12th Five-Year Development Plan of Chongqing Cultural Relics and Museum Undertaking, The Special Plan on Three Gorges Reservoir Area Natural and Historical Cultural Heritage Protection, etc., promoted Chongqing city's third immovable cultural heritage survey work and Dazu Rock Carved Avalokitesvara, and has worked with Tongnan’s Great Buddha and other major cultural relics protection projects.

Ellen McAdam, Director, Birmingham Museums Trust

Presenting: Birmingham Museums Trust

Ellen has been Director of the Trust since 2013. Before this she was Head of Glasgow Museums, and held previous roles at the Museum of London, English Heritage and Oxford Archaeology. Previously she worked for 10 years in Near Eastern archaeology, including two years as Research Fellow of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq. She is now a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham and an Honorary Senior Research Associate at UCL. Her professional interests include prehistoric Near Eastern figurines, the use of collections for teaching and research and the role of museums in social inclusion and community engagement. 

Kazuyoshi Yamada, Professor, Curatorial Division, Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka

Presenting: Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka

Kazuyoshi Yamada is the Professor of the Museum of Natural and Environmental History, Shizuoka (Fujimu). His career started at the Graduate School of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, in 2002. He was working at the Faculty of Human Sciences, Waseda University from 2012 to 2014. His research interests are paleo-environmental variability reconstruction using lacustrine annual laminated (varved) sediments in mid- and low latitude areas. He has published more than 80 papers about paleoclimatology and paleolimnology, as well as environmental history.

Kate Šikić Čubrić, Director, Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding

Presenting: Betina Museum of Wooden Shipbuilding

Kate graduated in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Zadar, Croatia. She has been working on the Betina Museum project from its very infancy in 2014. Her special interests are in museum concept development and her research focuses on storytelling and collected artefacts. She is an acting member on the executive board of the Association of Mediterranean Maritime Museums. With the aim to promote maritime cultural heritage, she cooperates with many organisations and participates in various festivals and cultural events.

Luo Xiangjun, Director, Hebei Museum

Presenting: Hebei Museum

Luo Xiangjun is director of Hebei Museum and a researcher in the field of cultural exhibition. She planned over 20 exhibition projects, and developed many social education platforms such as "Cultural Expo Forum" and "Boxiu Theatre". Mrs Luo has worked on creating innovative derivative products for museums and developing intelligent management and service operation systems

Tracy Smith Irwin & Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit Historical Society

Presenting: Detroit Historical Society

Tracy Smith Irwin is Chief Exhibitions & Enrichment Officer for the Detroit Historical Society. She served as the Project Manager for the Detroit67: Perspectives exhibitions.  She worked with the curatorial, collections, and education teams as well as contract staff and exhibition vendors in the development, design and implementation of this dynamic exhibition. Marlowe Stoudamire has 20 years’ experience in business, philanthropy and community. As project director / spokesperson for Detroit67, he was responsible for strategy (funding, marketing, engagement) and external relations with business, community, government and philanthropic stakeholders throughout all aspects of the project.

Valériane Rozé, Associate Researche, EPICO Programme

Presenting: Epico: European Protocol In Preventive Conservation, Coordinated In Versailles

After History of Art degree, scientific studies in an engineering school specializing in biotechnology, and two years Master’s degree in Preventive Conservation at the Sorbonne University, Valériane’s first mission was for the Fashion Museum of Paris dedicated to the risk assessment and the rescue of collection in case of fire. The Preventive conservation team of the Palace of Versailles has grown with her collaboration since January 2018 as a researcher for the EPICO Program. The aim of the EPICO method was to devise an assessment method specially designed for collections on display and the specific risks related to historic houses.

Svetlana Luchnikova, Department of Museum Education, PERMM

Presenting: Museum of the Contemporary Art PERMM

Svetlana Graduated from Perm State National Research University in 2014 and started working in the museum of contemporary art PERMM, curating work with the elderly and the disabled. She is the winner of Perm Krai Ministry of Culture’s ‘Modernizing Museum Work’ competition (2016 and 2017), and in 2018 was the winner of “Creating possibilities” Fund “KAF” competition, the Sergey Kuryokhin Award winner in the category of “Art in public space”, the ICOM Russia Prize for the best local community projec, and the “Museum landing” competition held by the Vladimir Potanin Charity Foundation.

Arwen Fitch, Press and Communications Manager, Tate St Ives

Presenting: Tate St Ives

Arwen has worked for 20+ years in the arts; in institutions such as the National Gallery, the Hayward Gallery, Arts Council England and Royal Festival Hall. Since 2004 Arwen has been at Tate St Ives, involved in an ambitious building project that launched in 2017 and led to the gallery winning Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018. Since winning, she has been asked to speak to organisations on negotiating the sometimes challenging, but always rewarding community relationship. She believes that arts projects succeed if a foundation of trust and communication is built with their community.

Jeroen Luttikhuis & Barend Verheijen, OPERA Amsterdam, Studio Louter

Presenting: Rijksmuseum Boerhaave by Studio Louter / OPERA Amsterdam

Jeroen Luttikhuis is partner at OPERA Amsterdam and he designs for a broad range of clients. He's used to working for major exhibition designs and large-scale museum interiors. Together with Studio Louter he and his team worked on the total refurbishment of the 'Rijksmuseum Boerhaave'. Barend Verheijen is partner at Studio Louter and he is responsible for concept development, storylines and all content production at the Amsterdam based studio. For Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, and all other projects at Studio Louter, he used the 'Emotion Design' method.

Jasminko Halilović, Founder and Director, War Childhood Museum

Presenting: War Childhood Museum

Jasminko is the founder and director of the War Childhood Museum. He is also the founder of URBAN Association – one of the leading cultural NGOs in the Balkans region. He is the author / editor of several award-winning books translated into six languages. He has spoken and lectured at leading conferences and universities in more than 15 countries. In 2018, Halilovićbecame the first Bosnian to be selected for the prestigious Forbes "30 under 30" list. He has been a serial entrepreneur since the age of 16 and co-founded several companies.

Lígia Marques & Luís Filipe Correia Dias, Abrantes Municipallity

Presenting: Museu Metalúrgica Duarte Ferreira (Tramagal)

The museologist of the Abrantes Municipallity Lígia Marques graduated in Tourism and Heritage from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and has a Masters degree in Cultural Tourism Product Development from the Polytechnic Institute of Tomar. Her Masters dissertation was a proposal to musealize the Metalúrgica Duarte Ferreira legacy. Luís Filipe Correia Dias graduated in History and specialized in Documentary Sciences (libraries and archives). Luis is formerly a teacher and a librarian and from 2013 the City councillor of Abrantes municipality with areas of responsibility in Culture, Sports, Heritage and Museums, Tourism, Associativism, Youth and Communication.

Pilvi Kalhama Executive Director, EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art

Presenting: EMMA

The art historian Pilvi Kalhama is an invited professional member of many art juries, committees and boards in Finland and internationally. She was a founding partner and Artistic Director of Helsinki Contemporary, one of the leading private galleries in Finland. Previously      she has worked as Senior Research Lecturer at The Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and as Head of Department at the Humanities Polytechnic. Currently Kalhama is preparing her doctoral thesis in the field of radical museology and visual studies titled Artists challenging the museum. Changes in the 21st century museum identity.

Paola Marini, Chairwoman, Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice

Presenting: Association of the International Private Committees for the Safeguarding of Venice

Paola Marini started her career at the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio. First a conservator and then the Director of the Civico Museo-Biblioteca-Archivio of Bassano del Grappa. Later she became the Conservator of Medieval and Modern Art collections of the Civici Musei e Gallerie d’Arte in Verona and then the Director of the Musei d’Arte e Monumenti del Comune of Verona.She was then appointed Director of the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice until October 2018 and assumed her current role in April 2019. She has been a lecturer of History of Theatre Architecture in Bologna and of Museography and Museology in Udine.

Hermann Parzinger, President, Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation

Presenting: Museum Island and Humboldt-Forum: A New Centre for Art and Culture in Berlin

Hermann Parzinger is an archaeologist. After his PhD he became Assistant Professor at Munich University. Between 1990 and 2008 he was first Director and later President of the German Archaeological Institute with research projects in Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey, Iran and Central Asia. Since 2008 he has been President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation and head of the largest cultural institution in Germany with its outstanding museums, libraries, archives and research institutes. He is Professor for Prehistory at Free University, member of multiple national and international Academies and Societies, holds several merits from different countries, and since 2018 he has been the Executive President of Europa Nostra.

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keynote speakers / members of jury

Tim Powell, Creative Producer, Historic Royal Palaces

Best in Heritage IMAGINES "Project of Infuence 2018" winner for "The Lost Palace"

​Tim Powell is a Creative Producer at Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace, Banqueting House, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle.His focus is on how digital technology can be used by heritage sites to augment the on-site offer or create new types of visitor experiences – often working in collaboration with artists. His challenge is to do this without detracting from what makes palaces unique – the promise of travelling back in time and escaping the modern world.

Errol van de Werdt, General Director, TextielMuseum Tilburg

Best in Heritage Project of Infuence 2018" winner for TextielMuseum

​Errol is lecturing and publishing internationally about the Textiel museum Tilburg concept. He is educated in museology (Leiden) art history and archeology (Amsterdam) and Peoples management (Zwolle). In 2014 Errol was member of the international jury of the Bologna Children’s Book fair. In 2017 he was international juror of the ADD Awards for Design and Architecture in Russia St Petersburg.

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programme moderators / members of jury

Taja Vovk van Gaal

Creative Director, House of European History

In her career Taja has worked as a curator for contemporary history, a museum director, but also as a manager in the cultural field. She has written numerous articles, has been curator of many exhibitions, and author/manager of tens of cultural projects. She was involved as a judge of the European Museum Forum (EMF) where she was also a board member. From 2011 till 2017 she held the position of Academic Project Leader, who was responsible for the content and the management of the House of European History, a new history museum in Brussels, which was and still is the biggest challenge in her career.

David Haskiya

Team Manager, Digital Dissemination, Swedish National Heritage Board

David works at the Swedish National Heritage Board. There, he leads a digital team in support of the digital transformation of Swedish museums. The team develops best digital practices, hosts a cultural heritage incubator, and aggregates and distributes museum collections to Europeana and other platforms. Formerly, as the Director of Products and Services at Europeana, David coordinated and supported the teams that aggregate content from 3500+ GLAMs and made it available for use and re-use via our websites (Collections, Pro, Labs, Research) and APIs. You can find him on Twitter as @DavidHaskiya

Suay Aksoy

President, ICOM

Previously Suay served as Chair of ICOM Advisory Council and Chair of CAMOC. She taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Museum Management and Cultural Heritage. She headed museum projects at the History Foundation of Turkey where she later served as Board member and Vice-President. As Director of Cultural Heritage and Museums at the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture Agency she developed and led major projects on rehabilitation of museums in Turkey. Suay has a BA in Economics, an MA in Political Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies. 

Darko Babić

Chair, Croatian National Committee of ICOM

PhD in Museology/Heritage studies. Chair of Museology at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. Chair of Croatian NC of ICOM and IC for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP) and Supervisory Committee of the Interpret Europe. Member of editorial boards of Her & Mus journal (Ediciones Trea, Spain), Museologica Brunensia (Masaryk University, Brno) and Museum - Monument - Heritage (Sankt - Petersburg State University, Russia). Has significant experience in implementation of the EU-funded heritage projects, occasional author and regular adviser of museum and heritage projects.

Madeline Ritter

Managing Partner, Diehl+Ritter

Madeline is a lawyer, arts manager and internationally renowned dance curator. Since 2004 she has been initiating and directing large scale and state funded strategic projects for dance in Germany with a long term impact (Tanzplan Deutschland, Tanzfonds, Dance On, Tanzpakt). For Dance Fund Heritage - an innovative program fostering a diverse and lively cultural memory of dance - she received the prestigious European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award 2016. She is a certified coach and facilitator of processes of change and teaches cultural management at various European universities. Amongst other roles, she is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Pina Bausch Foundation.

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