The Future of University Museums: Programme

Tuesday 17 September 2019
University College London
10.45am – 5pm


10.45 -11.20am:  coffee and registration

11.20 -11.25am: Welcome and introduction to the day
Caroline McDonald, Great North Museum, Newcastle

11.25-11.30am:  Welcome
Katrina Nilsson, Director of Museums and Public Programmes, UCL Culture

 Understanding the landscape

11.30-11.50am: Earning public trust and political confidence
Michael Thompson, Deputy Director of Communications and External Relations, Universities UK

11.50am-12.10pm: The role and potential of the Civic University
Professor Jane Robinson, Dean of Engagement and Place, Newcastle University

12.10- 12.30: The view from the Office for students
Ed Davison, Head of the Chief Executive’s Office: Office for Students

12.30-1.00pm: Discussion and Questions

1.00-2.00pm: Lunch (not provided)

 Breakout sessions

2.00-2.05pm: Introduction

2.05 -2.50pm:  breakout sessions

  • Teaching and the university museum
  • Engagement, civic place and potential of the university museum
  • Research impact and the university museum

2.50-3.10pm: Report back and Opportunities for future engagement

3.10-4.00pm: AGM

To include summary of UMG review and the year ahead

4.00 – 5.00pm:  tea, cake, and informal networking


Over 170 university museums and collections in the UK

More than 100 open to the public and 77 Accredited Museums

Holding some of the nation’s most important collections

In England and Wales, we hold 30% of designated collections

Both part of a University and part of the Museum sector

From major visitor attractions to research & teaching collections


Our collections guide and inform HE research as well as community outreach and accessibility.

UCL Qatar


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