24 Hour Museum Sponsors UK Museums & The Web Conference

By David Prudames | 14 April 2004
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Shows the UK Museums and the Web Conference 2004 logo. The Slogan reads: "web enabled: museums, online access and ability".

The second UK Museums and the Web Conference is set to take place on April 22 at the University of Leicester.

Entitled Enabled: Museums, Online Access and Ability, the conference is a one-day event that will bring together leading practitioners, policy makers, training providers and commentators.

On the agenda will be issues related to building and providing web-based museum content for users of all abilities.

The conference is being sponsored by the 24 Hour Museum and although tickets are selling fast, there are a few left to be snapped up.

Shows a screen shot of the 24 Hour Museum website. On the left hand side there is a list of orange links below the 24 Hour Museum logo. At the centre of the image there are two news headlines accompanied by pictures, one below the other.

Photo: the 24 Hour Museum is sponsoring UK Museums and the Web Conference 2004 and Director Jane Finnis and Editor Jon Pratty will be among the prestigious list of speakers.

"Supporting the museum ICT sector is an important part of our work as Britain’s National Virtual Museum," said 24 Hour Museum director, Jane Finnis, "and we are really pleased to be able to sponsor this conference."

"This affordable one day event should give us all a chance to catch up on the latest ways to get better access for all to our great UK cultural sector."

Organised by the Museums Computer Group (MCG) and the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, the event follows the inaugural UK Museums and the Web Conference in 2001.

Scheduled to take place between 10.00 and 17.30, discussions taking place throughout the day will centre around five key themes: broadband, connectivity and usage, accessible design, disability and the web, the web as an agent of social inclusion and the strategic development of online museum provision.

"The aim of the day is to try and take discussion of the web, museums and access on to a more critical and informed level," said the University of Leicester’s Dr Ross Parry.

Shows a screen shot of the University of Leicester Department of Museums Studies website. Below the web address bar is the university's crest and underneath that is a series of links.

Photo: the conference is co-organised by the University of Leicester's Department of Museum Studies, which has been at the cutting edge of museum studies research, training and professional development for more than 30 years.

"As well as reflecting on current practice, we want to challenge some common misapprehensions about what 'access' means, and to try and unpack the different technical and human agencies it involves."

Tickets are priced at £40, while MCG members can attend for £30 and the concessionary rate for students, OAPs and unemployed people is £15.

Lunch will also be laid on thanks to mwr, a company that delivers digital, interactive learning publications for education and cultural heritage.

Anyone wanting to book a place can do so online, by post or fax. Just click on this link to visit the Museums Computer Group website.

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