Programme Update For Working Internationally Conference And Tickets On Sale Now

Programme update for Working Internationally Conference and tickets on sale now

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Working Internationally Conference taking place at Leeds Art Gallery on Thursday 12 March.  ICOM members can purchase tickets at the discounted price of £49 (non-members price is £79).  Book tickets now at

The theme for the conference is Can Museums and Galleries Save UK Diplomacy? Soft Power in Turbulent Times.  It is organised by ICOM UK and the National Museums Directors’ Council with support from the British Council.

We have updated the programme with some of the confirmed speakers and will share more updates in the coming weeks.  We will also share information about each speaker in the run-up to the conference.


10:30 – 11:00 Registration, refreshments, networking

11:00 – 11:10 Welcome and Introduction

11:10 – 11:55 Session 1: Setting the Scene

Session Chair: Kathryn Simpson, NMDC

Helen Jones, Director of Global Engagement and Strategy, Science Museum Group (SMG)

11:55 – 12:40 Session 2: Restitution and Decolonisation through the lens of soft power

Tonya Nelson, Chair of ICOM UK in conversation with Terry Simiote Nyambe, Assistant Curator of Ichthyology, Livingstone Museum, Zambia and ICOM Executive Board.

12:40 – 13:55 Lunch and networking

13:25 – 13:55 ICOM UK Annual General Meeting

13:55 – 14:35 Session 3: Digital soft power

Session Chair: Arran Rees, ICOM UK

14:35 – 15:15 Session 4: Soft power in the next decade

Session Chair: Catherine McDermott, ICOM UK

Nick Marchand, Head of International, V&A

Paul Brummel, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

15:15 – 15:35 Break, refreshments, networking

15:35 – 16:10 Session 5: Soft power in action

16:10 – 16:40 Session 6: Where do we go from here?

Session Chair and Speakers as per Session 1.

16:40 – 16:45 Thank you and close of conference