41st CONFERENCE 2016

25 – 28 September, Edinburgh and Glasgow, United Kingdom
Theme: The role of the artefact in 21st century museums


To operate or not to operate: a question we all face every day in our museum life. Visitors tend to expect an exhilarating museum with moving or working artefacts. On the contrary is it a principal task of museums to conserve their assigned cultural heritage for future generations.

The 41th IATM Conference will be a unique opportunity to learn more on future trends & new challenges in this electric field of maintaining and running a working collection or simply not to operate it for good.

(click on the speakers name to get more information about them and their paper)

Sunday 25 September, Edinburgh,
National Museum of Scotland (corner Chambers Street/ George IV Bridge)
18:30 20:30 Opening reception
Monday 26 September, Edinburgh,
National Museum of Scotland (entry via Lothian Street)
09:00 09:30 Registration/ coffee
09:30 10:00 Director’s welcome by Gordon Rintoul CBE
10:00 12:00 Session 1: Transport at the National Museums Scotland: Past, Present, Future
Ian Brown, Thilo Bürgel, Louise Innes, Alison Taubmann
12:00 13:00 Break
13:00 15:00 Tours
15:00 15:30 Break
15:30 17:30 Session 2: Conservation perspective – Do we or Don’t we run them?
Chris Knapp (Imperial War Museum)
Dave Morris (National Museum of the Royal Navy)
Chris Van Schaardenburgh (BovingtonTank Museum)
Tuesday 27 September, Glasgow
Riverside Museum
08:30 10:00 Travel to Glasgow
10:00 10:30 Break
10:30 11:00 Welcome by Martin Bellamy
11:00 12:15 Session 3: Collections Accessibility and Digital Options
Aija Bauere (Riga Motor Museums):
New Riga Motor Museum – New Technologies – New Challenges
Bianca Gendreau (Canadian Museum of History):
Making collections accessible, tradition, trend and tyranny
Erin Gregory (Canada Aviation and Space Museum):
Game On: Bringing Artifacts and History to Life in Mobile Apps
12:15 13:00 Break
13:00  13:45 Tours
14:00 15:00 Session 4: Research and the Collection
Stephen Quick (Canadian War Museum):
Exploring History Through a Life-size Graphic Novel: The Making of Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914–1918
Sam Mullins (London Transport Museum):
Colour Light and Movement
15:00  15:30 Break
15:30 17:00 Session 5: Operating a Collection – or Not
Joachim Breuninger (Transport Museum Dresden):
Why we do not run our collection!
Walter Hofstetter (SBB Historic):
The Way To a Well Managed Rolling Stock Collection
  Dr. Rainer Mertens (DB Museum):
Euphoria machine – past and present of the historical “Adler”-train
17:00  18:00 Bus to Edinburgh
19:30 Conference Dinner Hawthornden Court
Wednesday 28 September, Edinburgh,
National Museum of Flight (East Fortune Airfield)
08:00 09:00 Travel to National Museum of Flight (East Fortune Airfield)
09:00 10:00 Tour
10:00 10:30 Break
10:30 12:30 Session 6
Paul Kirkman (National Railway Museum York):
Flying Scotsman Restoration – tbc
René Schrøder Christensen (Danish Railway Museum): The material turn and fear of artefacts – exhibits or the experience of riding a train?
Peter Ovenstone (Heritage Railway Association): ABTEM Larger & Working Objects
12:30 13:00 General Assembly
13:00 13:45 Break
13:45 14:15 Bus
14:15 16:00 Tour Glenkinchie Distillery
16:00 17:00 Bus to Edinburgh


National Museum of Scotland
partner museums:
Riverside Museum
National Museum of Flight
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre


The conference fee  covers all museums visits and sessions, journey from Edinburgh to Glasgow and back, refreshments, lunches and dinners and the entry to the Glenkinchie Distillery.

The conference fee for IATM members is 195 €  and for Non-members 279 €. You will receive an invoice after your registration.

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Cancellation of registration must be made in writing (letter, fax or e-mail) before 1 September 2016. No fees will be refunded after this date. A processing fee of EUR 30 will be deducted from all refunds. Cancellations made before 15 August 2016, refund of 100% of the registration fee minus bank charges and processing fee; cancellations made 16 August – 1 September, refund 50% of the registration fee minus bank charges and processing fee.