‘Big data, big opportunities?’ – Reflections

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‘Big data, big opportunities?’ – Reflections

  This year’s VSG Conference, ‘Big data, big opportunities?’ took place March 8th and 9th in London’s Natural History Museum.  Our bursary recipient, Elena Trimarchi, reflects on a busy two days: The theme of this year’s conference was Big Data. One of the things that most struck me was the variety of the speakers’ backgrounds:More

Conference 2018 – Keynotes

We are delighted to have two fantastic keynote speakers joining us at our annual conference in March 2018. Angie Judge, Chief Executive of  Dexibit , market leaders in musedata will discuss the opportunities big data offers for the cultural sector. Presenting provocations and insights from an international perspective, we will hear what that sector can gain from usingMore

Two VSG bursaries open for applications!

We have opened applications to two bursaries that we will be offering in 2018. The Alison James Professional Development Bursary  is open to students and early career professionals.  It provides funds of up to £500 to cover travel, conference registration fees or other related expenses that will further careers or research within visitor studies.  The deadline for applications is ThursdayMore

The Visitor Studies Survival Kit training workshop

Training event, Inverness, 19th March 2018 The Visitor Studies Group has partnered with GEM  to offer ‘The Visitor Studies Survival Kit’ to be held in Inverness next year. Presenting an overview of qualitative and quantitative research techniques that can be delivered on limited budgets with limited resources, this event will give GEM and Visitor Studies Group membersMore

Conference 2018

  ***Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite .*** The full programme is available for download here:  VSG Conference 2018 Programme . In visitor studies, we are constantly striving to respond to an ever-changing socio-political landscape. We are frequently tasked with helping our organisations understand and support evidence-informed decision making, in response to these often complex areas. As populations and communitiesMore

New VSG & GEM training events!

Training events in Scotland in October   ***Please note that due to low uptake we have been unable to proceed with the workshop scheduled for 16th October*** The Visitor Studies Group has partnered with GEM  to offer two training events in Scotland, ‘The Visitor Studies Survival Kit’. Presenting an overview of qualitative and quantitative research techniquesMore

Conference 2018: Call for Papers

  We are excited to announce the theme for our 2018 annual conference and issue our call for papers . The theme will be: ‘Big data, big opportunities?’ In visitor studies, we are constantly striving to respond to an ever-changing socio-political landscape. We are frequently tasked with helping our organisations understand and support evidence-informed decision making, in responseMore

A survey from VSG

  VSG Member and recent member consultation As a membership group which advocates for audience research, the VSG Committee thought it was time for us to conduct some research of our own to find out what our members and recent members think. In this short survey we invite you to tell us honestly where weMore

Committee member and helpers wanted!

*** UPDATE – this call has now closed.  Thank you to all who expressed interest.  We are looking forward to having new representative on board very soon. *** We are looking to recruit one Member and two Helpers to our committee . Are you passionate about visitor studies and audience research?  Would you like to helpMore

Bursary applications open!

Applications for the 2017 Alison James Professional Development Bursary are now open.  In 2017 the VSG annual bursary will provide financial assistance to those in the early stages of their career to provide support and encouragement in their professional development. The closing date for applications this year is Monday 8 May 2017. Applicants will be expectedMore

Conference reflections

This year, the Visitor Studies Group were happy to be able to offer a bursary to assist one person to attend our conference.  Louise Treble of Glasgow Museums was the deserving recipient and through the bursary was able to attend the full two day conference.  Louise has kindly summarised her experience of the conference: As theMore

Conference programme announced!

The full programme  for the Visitor Studies Group’s 2017 conference, ”Measuring up”: ways of capturing social value and more intangible outcomes’ is available to view now. We think this is one of our most exciting programmes yet, featuring speakers from a diverse range of organisations and institutions both within and outside of the heritage sector. A sample ofMore

Newsletter – November 2016

**Please note that the information below was correct at the time of being emailed to members but may have changed since.   In this newsletter: •  Conference bookings open! •  Keynote speakers •  Conference bursary – apply now •  Conference poster session •  Festive socials – Glasgow and London We have been a very busyMore

Conference 2017 – poster session

Do you have recent work relevant to our 2017 theme that you would like to share at our conference? Why not sign up to our poster session?  At the end of day one we will be gathering for a glass of wine at which point there will be an opportunity for delegates to look at theMore

Conference keynotes announced

We are very excited to announce our keynote speakers for our 2017 conference. Janice Lane , Director of Learning, Exhibitions and Digital Media at National Museum Wales and Anoushka Kenley of the  National Philanthropy Capital will both share their experience of, and expertise in, tacking the issues inherent in measuring social impact.  We are looking forward to hearing their cross-sectoral perspectives.

December socials!

We are planning two festive social events in December, one in London and one in Glasgow.  We would love to see you at either, or both!   Glasgow, 1st December Come along to Brewdog (1397 Argyle St) at 6pm for a wee drink and some friendly visitor studies chat.   Kelvin Hall is just around the cornerMore

Newsletter – May 2016

In this newsletter:
• Open call for new Committee Member and Committee Helper
• July Masterclass in York
• Masterclass bursary
• Post-masterclass social
• Alison James Bursary winnerMore

Social event in London!

Join VSG committee members to catch up on all things visitor studies over a drink or two.  Find out what others are up to and share questions, thoughts and experiences on research and evaluation, or anything else that’s on your mind.  Plus we’ll be chatting about our 2017 conference theme, hot off the press! When:More

Masterclass places available

**Booking for this event is now closed – please keep an eye out for more masterclasses in the future** The Visitor Studies Group is running a special masterclass with Lisa Baxter (founder of The Experience Business) July 7th, 10.00 – 16.30 at the National Railway Museum (York).  Perfect for those with experience in visitor researchMore

Open call for Committee Member and Helper

  Please note that the deadline for expressing interest is Friday 17th June. We are looking to recruit one new Member and one new Helper to our committee . Are you who is passionate about visitor studies and audience research?  Would you like to help us champion visitor studies as a force for evidence-based decision-making toMore