University Museums Group Annual Conference

Stuff and Knowledge: An exploration of the future of teaching and learning within university museums

Monday 11th – Tuesday 12th September 2017
University of Birmingham

Dr Ellen McAdam – Director of Birmingham Museums Trust

Unfortunately, Professor Alice Roberts is no longer available to give the keynote address at the conference. However, we are delighted to announce that the brilliant Dr Ellen McAdam, Director of Birmingham Museums Trust, has stepped in and will share her thoughts on the future of teaching and learning and university museums. 

DAY 1 Monday 11th September 2017

  • Lightning Museum Tours 11.00 – 11.30 and 11.45 – 12.15
  • Keynotes and panels sessions 14.00 – 18.00

Panel session 1 – What Next? Pedagogy and Policy Drivers in Object-Based Learning

What will the Teaching Excellence Framework, the employability agenda, and emerging learning paradigms mean for the future of object-based learning? Representatives from the frontline of object based learning in universities discuss the challenges and opportunities that they are facing in a changing Higher Education landscape.

Panel session 2 – ‘Where is the leading edge for teaching and learning in university museums?

The panel will unpick the unique qualities of university museums as contexts for teaching, covering object-based learning, digital, working across disciplines and reaching out to non-HE audiences and debate which should take priority.

18.15 – 19.30 –    Conference drinks reception at the Lapworth Museum of Geology

Finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year
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DAY 2 Tuesday 12th September 2017

  • Keynote and short presentations – teaching and learning and university museums 9.30-13.15
  • Lightning Museum Tours 14.00 – 14.30 and 14.45 – 15.15

For further details of the conference programme, speakers, events and to book a place, please see the UMG website.


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