Westminster Media Forum

Improving the use of digital technology and data in the UK cultural sector - skills, support and best practice

Morning, Tuesday, 30th April 2019

Central London


This conference focuses on widening the effective use of technology across the UK cultural sector - and how to maximise the impact it can make on innovation, widening audiences, diversifying revenue streams and attracting investment.

Including latest examples of best practice, the agenda looks at what further support might be needed to enable the sector to meet challenges around digital transformation - with a focus on developing skills and realising the creative potential of technology.

Delegates will consider investment priorities for supporting cultural organisations to understand, benchmark and improve their digital capability.

Discussion will draw on findings from Arts Council England in consultations being undertaken on their next ten-year strategy, with a focus on support for the use of technology and options for public funding.

Attendees will also assess progress on the Government’s Culture is Digital framework for improving and coordinating digital expertise, and exploiting digital opportunities.  

The agenda includes notable examples of best practice in the innovative use of technology - including around digital engagement and widening audiences, developing immersive and interactive experiences, diversifying revenue streams and digital distribution channels, and supporting creative experimentation.

Further discussion will assess current and emerging challenges to developing a digitally-fluent sector - including issues around identifying and addressing digital skills gaps, fostering a culture of digital confidence across organisations and the sector, and priorities for developing transformational leadership.

Delegates will also assess the relationship between skills, leadership and commercial opportunities - including the value proposition, embedding digital into financial models, spreading innovation to marketing and communications, and measuring results.

Keynote Speaker

Owen Hopkin

Director, Audience Insight & Innovation, Arts Council England

Keynote Speakers

George Stanley

Head of Digital Culture and Arts Philanthropy, DCMS

Owen Hopkin

Director, Audience Insight & Innovation, Arts Council England


Rt Hon the Lord Bassam of Brighton


Tony Butler

Executive Director, Derby Museums

Diana Spiegelberg

Deputy Director, Somerset House Trust

Freya Murray

Creative Lead, Google Arts & Culture Lab

Tom Steinberg

Digital Lead, National Lottery Heritage Fund

Deborah Shaw

Chief Executive, Marlowe Theatre

Thomas Gray

Founder and Director, The Gray Circle

Richard Ellis

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, MTM London

Alyssa Bonic

Head, Creative Industries, Digital Catapult