John Orna-Ornstein

John Orna-Ornstein: Facing 21st century challenges at the British Museum 

Tuesday 16 April 2013 , 12:30 - 1:30pm
The Auditorium, Auckland War Memorial Museum,
The Auckland Domain
Auckland  , Auckland 
Free to attend

National Services Te Paerangi is pleased to support this opportunity for museums, art galleries, heritage and iwi organisations to engage with John Orna-Ornstein, Head of London and National Programmes at the British Museum, at a lunch time lecture.

Facing 21st century challenges at the British Museum

The British Museum was established in 1753 as a place for both the ‘studious and curious’ to engage with our past and this remains its motivation today. In the late 20th century, the museum was arguably beginning to look out of date or worse – a relic of empire that was somewhat out of place in our fast changing world.

But in the 21st century this has begun to change as the BM sees itself increasingly not just as a source of knowledge or place of display but also as a place for connecting people, a hub for conversations and for developing and exploring the stories the world needs today.

The museum is part of a web of partner museums across the UK and beyond, and it is only as these partners work closely together that we begin to approach our potential. But how possible is this in a challenging era of cuts to culture?

Who will I meet?

 John Orna-Ornstein is Head of National Programmes at the British Museum and works with museums and galleries in every part of the UK. His 15 years at the British Museum have included roles ranging from curatorial to education to management and he has also worked in the international development industry.

John is a board member of the Museums Association, International Council of Museums UK, the MigrationMuseum and the London Museums Group. He is a fellow of the Clore Cultural Leadership Programme 2012/13 and currently seconded to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

John’s visit to New Zealand includes participation as a keynote speaker at the Museums Aotearoa conference in Hamilton on 10 – 12 April.

Who is it for:

This is a free lunch time seminar which will be of interest to anyone who is working in, or in partnership with, museums, art galleries, heritage and iwi organisations in New Zealand.

How do I sign up?

This seminar is free, however places are limited. Please register through the form below to express your interest in this event.