Watch the Webinar series "A Meeting Place: Online Global Discussions for Museum and Gallery Professionals" 

October 2020 - March 2021 

"A Meeting Place: Online Global Discussions for Museum and Gallery Professionals" is a new online webinar series facilitated by British Council in partnership with ICOM UK and Museums Association for leading museum and gallery professionals around the world. Five webinars took place from October 2020 through March 2021 where speakers explored some of the most significant topics of interest facing museum and gallery professionals today like the pivot to digital, community engagement, decolonisation, environment and sustainability and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Each webinar has been recorded and can be viewed on this page.

Full transcripts, links and resources and full speakers' biographies can be downloaded for each recording on the righthand side of the menu bar on this page.



This series offered Closed Captioning and a British Sign Language interpreter

Live captioning/Claire Hill, speech-to-text reporter

British Sign Language/Catherine King, interpreter (BSL/English) 

 "A sustainable future needs sustainable museums, just as a sustainable future will be no place for unsustainable museums."

"From an unsustainable past to a sustainble future" was hosted by Henry McGhie, Founder, Curating Tomorrow, in conversation with Julie Decker, PhD, Director/CEO, Anchorage Museum in Alaska; Karin Weil González, Anthropologist and Heritage Officer, Wetlands Research Centre Río Cruces, Universidad Austral de Chile; Dr. Susanne Nawrath, Scientific Exhibition Manager, Klimahaus® Bremerhaven 8° Ost and Elena Trimarchi, Learning and Engagement Manager, David Livingstone Birthplace, Blantyre, Scotland.


"Championing equality, and inclusion is a step towards challenging current underrepresentation and bringing about positive change, but is this radical enough to create a culture shift and change mindsets?"

"Time for Change: tackling underrepresentation to bring about innovation and equity" was hosted by Esther Fox, Head of Accentuate Programme at Screen South, Artist and Researcher in conversation with Zeina Arida, Director, Sursock Museum, Beirut; Daniel Kotowski, Visual Artist and Educator at Zachęta National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Ruth McCarthy, Artistic Director, Outburst Arts, Belfast; and Hanna Wróblewska, Director, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw and Commissioner of the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.


"... as the conversation has expanded to consider how museums reflect the voices and experiences of a diverse range of audiences and communities, approaches have become less transactional."

"Decolonisation: Moving Towards a More Holistic Perspective and Relational Approach" was hosted by Tonya Nelson, Director, London, Arts Council England, in conversation with Miranda Lowe, Principal Curator, Natural History Museum; Co-Founder, Museum Detox; Rachael Minott, Artist, Curator and Researcher; Museums Association Trustee; Professor Shahid Vawda, Archie Mafeje Chair in Critical Humanities and Decoloniality Director of School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town; and Peter White, Senior Manager, Aboriginal Strategy and Engagement at Create NSW.

For this session, you will find a Spanish translation of the transcript, as well as the English transcript, on the right-hand side of this page.



"What working examples can be shared to demonstrate how community engagement looks different in other countries and how can we go from mission statement to practice?"

"Community Engagement: Inspiring Engagement" was hosted by Dhikshana Turakhia Pering, Head of Engagement & Skills, Somerset House, London, in conversation with Arta Agani, Professor of Typography at Akademia Evolucion for Communication Design and Director, National Gallery of Kosovo, 2016-2020, Kamini Sawhney, Director, Museum of Art and Photography (MAP), Bangalore, India and Nia Williams, Director of Learning & Engagement, Amgueddfa Cymru National Museum Wales.

Please note: Due to technical difficulties, we were unable to record the first half of the session. The full transcript is available for downloading on the righthand side of this page.



"It’s time to recognise that digital change in museums is about supporting people and not just mastering technology."

"Leading Digital at a time of Uncertaintywas hosted by Professor Ross Parry, Deputy Head of School & Professor of Museum Technology at the University of Leicester, in conversation with Nikita Yingqian Cai, Chief Curator, Times Museum, Guangzhou, Niall Kerr, Making the Future Programme Manager at the Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland and Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director of Future Everything.