Digital Futures training programme

The London Museum Development team will work to ensure that museums are able to better harness the potential of digital technology and digital engagement.


Image of the Digital Futures 'Interactive Stories' training session

Museum Development Officers run training programmes and provide one-to-one support for museums right across London

In 2018 - 2022, the Digital Futures Programme will excite the London museum sector with the possibilities of digital technologies and digital engagement. Through the training programme, London Museum Development will deliver at least 12 courses each year aimed at developing the digital skills of London's museums. These courses have been designed and tailored for London's museums, based on the feedback from our Training Needs Analysis of the London non-national museum sector (PDF 690kb, opens in new tab). The programme has also been influenced by the findings of the Mendoza Review, Culture is Digital and Digital Culture 2017 reports.

The Digital Futures training programme will take a modular approach, with sessions focused on social media and marketing, digital content creation and digital 'back of house'. Each module will start with a briefing session which will focus on the different skills and literacies needed for museums within each module. You can download a calendar for 2019 - 2020 to see when we will be delivering each module and the types of courses on offer (PDF 354kb, opens in new tab). You can apply for a place on these courses below, or directly through our booking form.

Digital Futures training sessions

Basic Video Making
Tuesday 16 July, 11am - 3.30pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This session will provide an introduction to making basic videos within the setting of a museum or gallery. This hands-on training session will offer participants the basic skills needed to create their own video content using their own devices; from mobile phones, to tablets, to cameras. The afternoon will give an introduction to editing this footage using free software. By the end of the session, participants will be inspired to make and perform basic editing on their own video content. Download a full course outline (PDF 200kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book your place.

Video Editing for Advanced Beginners
Friday 09 August, 12 - 3pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This session will provide you with some more advanced video editing techniques, using the free programme ‘HitFilm Express’. This session is for those who already have a very basic understanding of video editing, either using programmes like iMovie or Windows Movie Maker, or through apps on phones / tablet devices. You will learn techniques such as:

• Trimming, cutting and overlaying audio / video
• Inserting transitions, images and text into videos
• Adding captions into videos and much more
This session will cover some of the skills learned in Basic Video Making (and others), but in more detail. Download a full course outline (PDF 197kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Photographing Museum Collections
Friday 30 August, 11am - 3pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This course will offer an introduction on how to take good quality images of museum objects. We will look at the types of image files extensions (raw, tiff and jpeg) available, and the differences between a low-resolution image and a high-resolution one, and when to use them. Attendees will be invited to take part in a hands-on workshop, learning how to make the most of their own photographic equipment, as well as using an entry-level professional kit. We will also cover the basics of photographing in Manual Mode. Download a full course outline (PDF 181kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book your place.

Making Basic Budget Museum Interactives
Friday 20 September, 12 - 4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

The aim of this training is to show museum and cultural heritage professionals how to make a free, basic digital interactive for their museum. These interactives can be used for a variety of things, from gallery tours to learning activities. We will look at examples of interactive, and discuss how museums and galleries can use interactive story telling within their spaces. By the end of the session, delegates will have the tool-set to create their own basic interactive to be used both in-house and online. All you’ll need is a laptop and PowerPoint, and a few stories you’d like to tell! Download a full course outline (PDF 182kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

An Introduction to Live Streaming
Tuesday 22 October, 1 – 4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Live streaming is a fantastic way to engage with audiences who can’t physically be in a museum, helping to reach more people and engage with them on an interactive and meaningful level. In the past video conferencing involved complicated and expensive kit and a certain level of know-how and expertise. Now, with the advent of live video on social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to use this form of engagement. We’ll be looking at how to set-up live streams at three different levels, for three different kinds of budgets - Easy, Intermediate and Advanced. We will talk through the platforms you can use, the equipment you will need and the different audiences you can reach. You will have the chance to look at, and get hands on with, the three different types of set-ups for these streams and ask questions about how the set-ups work. Download a full course outline (PDF 185kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book your place.