The keynote address at the 2016 UMG annual conference was delivered by the Rt Hon Matt Hancock, Minister of State for Digital and Culture. This was Mr Hancock’s first major speech on museums since he was appointed to the post.
Mr Hancock used his speech to highlight the important role of universities in the development of public museums in the UK. He then addressed some of the challenges facing museums using the conference theme of ‘Better Together’.
Looking first at how government and museums can work better together, Mr Hancock then went on to consider how museums can work better with audiences. He finished by considering the implications of the digital age for partnership and collaboration, saying:
“As Minister for Digital and Culture, I want to drive this synthesis of culture with digital technology, and when it comes to the digitisation and dissemination of our great collections, I want Britain to be a world leader.
Because it’s at this nexus – where Tech meets art, where digital meets creativity – that we will build a strong and thriving future economy that can work for all.”
The full text of the speech can be found here.