Culture is Digital: Unleashing the Creative Potential of Digital Technology within the Cultural Sector

Confirmed speakers:

  • Will Saunders, Secondee, Digital Culture Project, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS); Independent Consultant, WPS Ltd
  • Lucy Sollitt, Creative Media Relationship Manager, Arts Council England
  • Jane Finnis, Chief Executive, Culture24
  • Paul Teasdale, Digital Content Manager, Natural History Museum
  • Annette Mees, Head of Audience Labs, Royal Opera House
  • Kevin Bacon, Digital Manager, Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove
  • Dr Ross Parry, Associate Professor & Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital), University of Leicester (event chair)
  • More speakers TBC


In March 2018 the Government released its Culture is Digital report, setting out a number of policy initiatives and best practice recommendations aimed at helping culture and technology work together more effectively to increase participation and boost the capability of cultural organisations. There will be £2 million in funding available to support digital projects through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, who will be working together to create a Digital Culture Code to provide guidelines for using digital in the sector.

Join us on Wednesday 27th June to be briefed about the Government's initiatives to promote the use of digital within the cultural sector and to learn from current best practice.

Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • The Government’s Culture is Digital initiative
  • Benefits of embracing digital technology
  • Funding and support available to improve the use of digital within the cultural sector
  • The creation of a Digital Culture Code by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide guidelines for using digital in the sector
  • The new “Innovation Lab” at the National Gallery and “Audience Lab” at The Royal Opera House
  • Collaboration between the cultural sector and tech companies
  • Addressing skills gaps relating to intellectual property and data analysis
  • Ensuring digital activity is embedded across your organisation
  • Using digital technology to engage audiences and make culture more accessible to under-represented groups
  • Case study examples of best practice in using digital within the sector

    The Event:

    The morning will focus on the Government's Cultural is Digital report and how the cultural sector can embrace the use of digital.

    The afternoon session will look at current best practice in the use of digital in the sector and will include examples of how organisations have embedded the use of digital across their work, as well as using technology to engage audiences and make culture more accessible to all of society.

    Who Should Attend?

    Attendees will come from across the cultural sector, including those involved with heritage, museums, galleries, cinema and music. They will also include officers and councillors from local government, who are involved in the promotion of culture in their local area. 

    For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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    Wednesday 27th June 2018

    11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

    Event to be held in Central London (venue TBC)

    Early Bird Discount: 10% off all bookings until 27th April


    Public Sector & Not For Profit | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places: £195 each

    Private Sector | 1 Place: £295 | 2+ Places: £245 each

    Above prices exclude VAT

    Background Quote

    "Our Culture Is Digital report sets out how culture and technology can collaborate, learn from one another and keep innovating. By embracing new technologies and attracting more diverse audiences, we will continue to cement our status as a creative powerhouse in the digital age."

    - Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, 7th March 2018

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