Meet the speakers of the Wessex Museums conference
The Wessex Museums Conference, Museums Matter: Being more relevant, inclusive and sustainable, is attracting keynote speakers from leading professionals in the museum, arts and heritage sector. Here is the list of our exciting speakers. New speakers will be announced each week.
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This year our keynote speaker in Tony Butler.
Tony has been Executive Director of Derby Museums since January 2014. Derby Museums includes the Museum if Making at Derby Silk Mill, the site of the world’s first factory and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and recently re-opened following at £18m refurbishment, and Derby Museum, and Art Gallery which contains the world’s finest collection of works by the 18th century artist Joseph Wright of Derby. The Museum of Making was shortlisted as a finalist for Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2022.
In 2011 he founded the Happy Museum Project, which created an international community of practice to explore how museums could contribute to a society in which well-being and environmental sustainability were its principle values. Happy Museum has affiliates throughout the world and has supported over 60 UK museums to develop projects which build mutual relationships with audiences and ‘steward the future as well as the past.’
He was the Museums Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme in 2007-08 and is a Trustee of the Might Creatives, the cultural learning agency for the East Midlands. He sits on the UK National Museums Director’s Council and its Executive Group. He is a member of the small steering group leading the English Civic Museums Network.
Katherine McAlpine has been the Director of the Brunel Museum since January 2021. She leads the small team to deliver the Museum’s mission to share the Brunel’s London story in Rotherhithe and beyond. In August 2021, the Museum launched its Sustainability Plan.
Katherine will be delivering a keynote speech ‘What museums can do about the climate emergency’ discussing sustainability at The Brunel Museum.
She has over ten years of experience with a specialism in learning and audience development. She has previously held roles at Imperial War Museums, Royal Museums Greenwich and the Royal Institution.
Roshi Naidoo is the Decolonising Programme Officer at the Museums Association and is heading up the Decolonisation Skills and Confidence Programme. The programme aims to support museum professionals beginning decolonisation, as well as developing next-level sector thinking and practice in the field.
Roshi has worked with museums and archives, in academia and in campaigning. She has written about the relationship between the stories told in our museums and how a nation imagines itself. She co-edited (with Jo Littler) The Politics of Heritage: the legacies of ‘race’, and more examples of her book chapters, articles, blogs, policy pieces and journal contributions can be found on her Academia.edu page.
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Louisa Adjoa Parker
Louisa Adjoa Parker is a writer and poet of English-Ghanaian heritage who lives in southwest England. Her first poetry collections were published by Cinnamon Press, and her third, How to wear a skin, was published by Indigo Dreams. Her debut short story collection, Stay with me, was published in 2020 by Colenso Books. Her poetry pamphlet, She can still sing, was published by Flipped Eye in June 2021, and she has a coastal memoir forthcoming with Little Toller Books.
Louisa’s poetry and prose has been widely published. She has been highly commended by the Forward Prize; twice shortlisted by the Bridport Prize; and her grief poem, Kindness, was commended by the National Poetry Competition 2019. She has performed her work in the south west and beyond and has run many writing workshops.
Louisa has written extensively about ethnically diverse history and rural racism, and as well as writing, works as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion consultant. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer on rural racism, black history, and mental health.