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Museum Forum 2021 - Museums Beyond Covid: Reset, Rethink & Respond

The NI Museums Council is delighted to announce the programme for its annual Museum Forum which will take place online on Tuesday 23 March 2021, starting at 10:00am.

01 March 2021


Museum Forum

Tuesday 23 March 2021, 10:00 am – 12:30

Museums Beyond Covid: Reset, Rethink & Respond



Panel Session 1: 10:00 – 11:05am

Chair: Sinéad McCartan, Director, NI Museums Council



Welcome and Introduction

Sinéad McCartan


Margaret Henry, CEO, Thrive Audience Development

Culture Beyond Covid: Let’s Catch Up


Maeve Walls, Director of Culture, Department for Communities

A Look Forward


Rosemarie McHugh, Director of Product Development, Tourism Northern Ireland

 A tourism perspective – the NI tourism brand promise and consumer insights


Q & A Discussion





Panel Session 2: 11:15-12:30

Chair: Prof Elizabeth Crooke, Professor Heritage and Museum Studies, Ulster University



Paul Mullan, Northern Ireland Director, National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Heritage Fund view of the opportunity for museums in Northern Ireland


Anra Kennedy, Culture24

Digital transformation – beyond the Covid kickstart


Lynn Scarff, Director, National Museum of Ireland

Relevance and Resilience: Perspectives of a National Cultural Institution


Q & A Discussion


This is a FREE event for members of the NI Museums Council and will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. You will receive a Microsoft Teams email invitation  on Monday 22 March.  

Book your place: Booking is essential. 
Please email:,
by Friday 19 March 2021