Call: In Gallery Engagement: Digital vs Analogue – Oxford University Museums Partnership Conference

Conference Title: In Gallery Engagement: Digital vs Analogue
Date: 22 July 2015, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Computer interactives, augmented reality, video screens and touchtables, digital is increasingly occupying gallery space as a means of engaging audiences with museum content. Museums are experimenting with new technologies to capture audience interest and deliver deeper interpretation. But while the technology for delivering interactive engagement becomes more sophisticated, are the principles different to those of low-tech interactives such as handling collections, replica costumes and ‘lift-the-flap’ activities? Technology aside, how do digital interactives differ from their low-tech counterparts?

Oxford University Museums Partnership will be exploring this issue at a one day conference in Oxford on 22 July 2015. We are inviting colleagues from across the sector to present their best in gallery engagement initiatives, both digital and analogue. We want to hear about image recognition apps and paper detective trails, costumed characters and virtual reality villains, Bluetooth beacons and cardboard cut-outs.

As well as sharing best practice, the conference will provoke debate on how digital technology is changing the museum visitor experience.


We are inviting colleagues to submit paper proposals for consideration by 12 noon on 6 March 2015. Papers will be 20 minutes each plus Q&A; all papers should be delivered in English.

Proposals should be submitted in word or pdf format via email to

Proposals should include the name and email of the lead speaker, the names and organisations of all speakers, and a maximum of 500 words outlining what the paper will cover.

Applicants will be advised whether their paper has been selected by 18 March 2015.


Bookings will open for this one day conference on 18 March 2015. The standard delegate fee will be £50. Lead speakers will be offered a free space at the conference, and additional speakers may attend at the discounted rate of £25.


Jessica Suess
Partnership Officer
Oxford University Museums
01865 613783 | 07768150465 | @JessicaSuess | @OxfordASPIRE


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