Open Seminar

The first event organised as part of The digital futures of cultural heritage education project was a one-day open seminar held in October 2010 at the National Galleries of Scotland.

Social media for the Scottish cultural heritage sector: a one-day open seminar

date: 21 October 2010, 10am–5.00pm

venue: Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Galleries of Scotland


  • to discuss current social media practice in the Scottish sector
  • to consider developments in other national contexts
  • to establish a focus for future workshops and an emerging research agenda


  • open to all professionals in the cultural heritage sector with an interest in social media in museums and galleries
  • and to researchers and professionals interested in the broad field of museum and gallery education

cost: This event was free of charge, thanks to funding from the Royal Society of Edinburgh

media: Access the day’s presentations from our Resources page


10.00 arrival, registration
10.15 welcome and introduction (Sian Bayne, University of Edinburgh)
10.30 Keynote 1 Culture popped (Ewan McIntosh, NoTosh Limited)
11.15 coffee break
11.45 Keynote 2 The National Museums Online Learning Project: lessons learned and moving forward at the Imperial War Museum (Carolyn Royston, Head of New Media, Imperial War Museum)
12.30 Scotland’s collections 1 My Canmore : opening up the RCAHMS database to user-generated content (Alan Muirden, RCAHMS)
12.45 Scotland’s collections 2 A Year of Socialising (Hugh Wallace, National Museums Scotland)
1.00 lunch
2.00 Keynote 3 Museums and Digital Media: establishing a research agenda for the Scottish heritage sector (Michela Clari, University of Edinburgh)
2.45 Scotland’s collections 3 Reach Out and Touch: extending access using social media (Emma Faragher, National Libraries of Scotland, and Ann Cameron, Scottish Screen Archive )
3.00 tea
3.30 Scotland’s collections 4 A Toe in the Water: Social Media at the National Galleries of Scotland (Tessa Quinn, National Galleries of Scotland)
3.45 Keynote 4 Social media and user-generated content: just do it! (Gail Durbin, Head of V&A Online)
4.30 Summing up (Rebecca Bailey, RCAHMS)
4.45 finish