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.

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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 2018 - 2019 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

Introduction to Rights Management
Wednesday 30 January, 2019
Museum of London, London Wall

This session will provide an introduction to the sometimes daunting world of rights management. Together we will explore intellectual property rights (IPR), in particular works protected by copyright. The session will offer an overview of copyright and its implications for museums, their audiences and collections. We will discuss basic principles including ownership, duration, obtaining and recording permissions, risk management and orphan works, as well as how to apply the Spectrum 5.0 Rights Management procedure within your organisation. For more information, please download a full course outline (PDF 145kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Understanding online audiences
Tuesday 5 February 2019, 12 – 4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This session, delivered by Chris Unitt, Founder of One Further, will provide an introduction to using digital analytics and user testing within the setting of a museum or gallery. Participants will learn how to collect data and insights using tried and trusted methods, and free and low cost tools. Participants will be able to use this improved understanding of their online audiences to improve communications, website user experience, and more. For more information, please download a full course outline (193kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Basic Video Making
Tuesday 5 March, 11am - 3.30pm
Museum of London, Docklands

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 for their organisations. For more information, please download a full course outline (200kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Leading a digitally literate museum
Friday 15 March, 10am - 4.30pm
Museum of London, Docklands

Is your museum director or leadership team confident when it comes to digital? Are they as digitally literate as our fast-changing world requires? Museum leaders, more than ever before, need to know their digital onions if they are to ensure their museum is fit for purpose in a landscape where digital tools, channels and technologies impact everything their staff, volunteers, audiences and stakeholders do. This workshop will combine strategy, theory and expert insight with practical advice and peer support, helping museum leaders create the right conditions to meet those challenges. For more information, please download a full course outline (188kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.