Mark your calendars – @MuseumCamp (ala CakeFest) is BACK!

IMG_5903Here ye! Here ye!  Breaking News!

Date:               October 7th

Where:           The Bond (Same location as MuseumCamp 2012)

What:             Back by popular demand, MuseumCamp is an Unconference for anyone interested in museums and cultures – visitors, volunteers to managers and CEO are invited to attend and talk about topics that matter to YOU.

Why:               Cake.

More information will be coming in the new few weeks.


MuseumCamp v1.0 – The day after

Now that we’re all coming off our sugar-high from the cake and cupcakes consumed, we wanted to thank everyone who came and took part in what has turned out to be a very successful event.

There were 28 sessions over the day and while the plenary at the end of the day was fantastic, we would like to hear more from you please.  There was lots of note-taking (on traditional note pads – not laptops!) and discussion happening and we would like to build a little portal for those that missed things to be able to tap into.

Please feel free to email or leave a comment here with a link.  I’ve managed to compose a quick blog and Storify.

Things we would love to know:

  • Why did you come? 
  • What did you like that you didn’t think you would?
  • What would you change?
  • Did you decorate a cupcake?
  • What was your favorite session?
  • What sessions did you attend?
  • How was the lunch? 
  • How were the facilities?
  • Would you attend MuseumCamp again?
  • Any other comments?

Again, thank you to our sponsors, especially MuseumNext (who has a call for proposals end Nov 1) and Happy Museums (who has a deadline for submission for the Happy Museum commissions Friday 5 October) – MuseumCamp wouldn’t exist without them! 

Tickets and Sponsors

ImageWell the big news is Happy Museum who just announced open application fund of £60,000 –  has come on board as a sponsor.

As of today, there are 5 tickets remaining.  There are 29 on the waiting list that haven’t responded to the reminder emails.  If you are one of them, be quick to claim your spot!  If for any reason you can’t make it, can you please let us know ASAP so we can offer it to the waiting list.

There have been lots of tweets and discussions by attendees on topics they’d like to bring to the Unconference on the day. What topics would you like to talk about?

Meanwhile, please support our wonderful sponsors as without them, MuseumCamp wouldn’t exist.


See you OCTOBER 1! 

Less than a month to go until @MuseumCamp on Oct 1!

This email has been sent to everyone who has signed up:


Dear Museum Camper

Thanks for signing up to Museum Camp – it is now less than a month away!

100 tickets have been booked and we have a waiting list for the 50 tickets to be released soon. If for any reason you can no longer make the day please let me know as there is a big demand for places, so if we know early enough we can fill your spot!

The event is now taking place at The Bond Company in Birmingham. It is a lovely venue with lots of space/rooms and we’re very excited about hosting it there! It is a 10-15min walk from New Street Station and a 10min walk from Moor Street Station. Location:

We will be providing a veggie friendly lunch on the day (and cake!) – if you have any specific dietary requirements you may wish to bring food with you. This is a free event (thanks to our wonderful sponsors and volunteers) on a limited budget so we are sorry that we can’t cater for everyone’s dietary needs on this occasion.

Remember, if you have something to share (a project you’ve worked on? Some clever problem solving?), an idea, an issue, something you’d love to discuss, etc – pitch a session on the day! This is a day to be involved, contribute, share – and eat cake!


Please do let us know ASAP if you can no longer make it to Cakefest… MuseumCamp.

Again, we needs to thank ALL of our wonderful sponsors.  

Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to put on MuseumCamp. Please take the time to click on their links and find out more about them.


Stop Press! Lots of Updates (Including new venue)

Since our last post, there have been lots of exciting things happening.

New Venue

As we said in our last update, we were looking for a new venue to ensure we had the best value for our very kind sponsorship money.  We have decided to book with:

The Bond Company which is about 10-15 minute walk from New Street Station.  We took a cab from the station and it cost £6.  For more specific directions, please see their website.   The Bond is providing us with a large space for the initial talks / meet/ greet and enough space for break-out rooms.  We invited Alison Smith from Go Genie to join us on the scouting tour to ensure accessibility issues were addressed.  Go Genie will be writing up and sharing the findings and we are very grateful for their sponsorship in this matter.

If you have any accessibility issues, please feel free to contact me at  There is limited parking that we can reserve for people if required.

If the change of venues is an issue for anyone or you can not attend MuseumCamp now, please let us know as soon as possible as we already have 30 people on the waiting list.   However, we hope you understand the change and was it was required.

More Sponsors

We couldn’t have organized MuseumCamp had it not been for our wonderful sponsors.  MuseumNext was first on board and we are eternal grateful to Jim Richardson’s support.

In addition to Sound Delivery, Mar DixonOrangeleaf Systems Ltd, & Marches Network  we are also thrilled to announce Go Genie, Midlands Federation  of Museums and Art Galleries, Blists Hill and Museum Association as sponsors.

We are still on the lookout for more sponsors, so please get in touch if you would like to be part of this very popular Unconference.

Thank you

I’d also like to thank the people who have been working on MuseumCamp:

Linda Spurdle – visionary and creator of Museum Camp.  Without Linda, Museum Camp wouldn’t exist.

And the rest of the team:  Mar Dixon, Rachel Cockett and Glynis Powell.

We would also like to thank Danny Birchall for agreeing to be our MC on the day.

Waiting List

That’s all the updates for now.  We will be releasing the remaining tickets closer to the date but please feel free to add your name to the waiting list.

Please click on the logos and visit our sponsors

Keeping the ball rolling

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for Museumcamp.  We’ve released the next batch of tickets now so head on over to Eventbrite and sign up now!

If you’re still unclear about what Museumcamp is, please see our original post and feel free to ask questions.   One thing we want to make sure is that you know it’s open to EVERYONE from visitors to CEOs.  It’s important that we don’t label this a digital conference or family conference or audience conference.  It could be all or none of them- we won’t know until the day.

We are very grateful to MuseumNext for being our first major sponsor.

Our current sponsors include:

We are still on the lookout for sponsors.  If you, or if you know of anyone, that could help, please let us know.  We would like help obtaining (or the money) for the following:

  • Venue*
  • Cake
  • Food
  • Goodies
  • Cake
  • Tea/Coffee/Water
*In my last post, I mentioned the venue however, we are currently researching other venues just to make sure we’re doing the best we can for MuseumCamp.

We have been joined by several great Unconference pro’s (@sasha_Taylor, @cybrum, @mixedreality)  who have offered their services to ensure we keep the flavour of the unconference true.

If you would like to help and get involved, feel free to contact us via Twitter or the website.

Thank you to everyone who has helped spread the word for us!