The Future of Museums – Perspectives from 2020

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The future for museums and their communities has never been so filled with trepidation and possibility. What changes have already happened and will need to continue as Museums reopen following the experience of the pandemic? Are these changes cosmetic, or are we actively addressing the inequities that Covid-19 revealed to all? And, perhaps most importantly, what kind of museums do our communities need now and for the future?

Join Sharon Heal, Director of the Museums Association in conversation with Elaine Heumann Gurian, Senior Museum Consultant in the USA, Reyahn King, Chief Executive of York Museums Trust and Arike Oke, Managing Director at Black Cultural Archives to explore the role and opportunities for Museums in a with-Covid world.

The Speakers

Sharon Heal
Sharon is the director of the Museums Association, a campaigning membership body that promotes the value of museums to society. She regularly comments on museums and cultural policy in the UK; speaks at conferences and events in the UK and internationally; and has published extensively. She lectures in the history of museums, museum ethics and museums and social impact.

Sharon is the chair of the Museum of Homelessness and a trustee of the European Museum Forum and the Thackray Museum of Medicine.

Elaine Heumann Gurian
Elaine Heumann Gurian, is an 82 year old senior consultant/advisor, teacher and writer to museums and visitor centers that are beginning, building or reinventing themselves. Her volume, Civilizing the Museum: the Collected Writings of Elaine Heumann Gurian was published in 2006. Her new volume Centering the Museum, An Anthology will be published in 2021. She was named to the 100 Centennial Honor Roll members by the American Association of Museums and awarded the Distinguished Service to Museums Award in 2004.

Reyahn King
Reyahn King believes in bringing people together to develop and deliver new visions for culture to make great cities and successful communities.

She became Chief Executive of York Museums Trust in 2015 and is responsible for the strategic leadership of the Trust and its trading subsidiary. The Trust includes three venues: York Castle Museum, Yorkshire Museum and York Art Gallery, 2 scheduled monuments and York Museum Gardens.

Previously, Reyahn was Head of HLF West Midlands and Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool from 2007-2012. Reyahn began her career as a curator of art and then Head of Interpretation and Exhibitions at Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery.

She is currently on the Boards of Crafts Council and Culture Perth and Kinross. Reyahn is a Fellow of the Museums Association and a Clore Fellow.

Arike Oke
Arike Oke is the Managing Director for Black Cultural Archives (BCA), the home of Black British history. She’s worked in heritage for over 15 years, from the seminal Connecting Histories project in Birmingham, to building Wellcome Collection’s archive, and co-convening Hull’s first Black History Month. She is a board member for the National Archives’ strategic Unlocking Archives initiative, a member of the Home Secretary’s Cross-Government Windrush Working Group, and is a fellow of the Arts Council’s Museums and Resilient Leadership programme.

A Clore Leadership event in partnership with Museums Association.