The Visitor Studies Group: Championing excellent visitor experiences

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 busy committee since our last newsletter.  After a fantastic response to our Call for Papers, our 2017 conference schedule is looking like one of our best yet.  Read on to find out more.

2017 conference bookings open

Bookings are now open for for our 2017 conference!  Our theme, ‘Measuring up’: ways of capturing social value and more intangible outcomes, is one that we believe is timely and crucial in our sector.  The programme will reflect the breadth of these challenges with cross-sectoral speakers sharing their experiences of addressing these issues.

The conference will be held on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March 2017 at the Royal Geographical Society, London. Bookings can be made through Eventbrite.

Keynote speakers
Our full programme will be announced in the coming months however we are very pleased to be able to announce our two keynote speakers!  Janice Lane, Director of Learning, Exhibitions and Digital Media at National Museum Wales and Anoushka Kenley of National Philanthropy Capital will both share their experience and expertise with us in March.

Conference bursary
We are happy to be able to offer one bursary to our 2017 conference.  The bursary will cover the cost of one person to attend the conference for both days.  To apply, send a single paragraph to admin@visitors.org.uk detailing why you feel that you should attend this particular conference, and how it will assist you in your daily work or professional development.  The successful recipient will be asked to write a short blog entry about their experience.

Poster session
Do you have recent work relevant to our conference 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 the different posters, ask questions and discuss the case study projects informally in small groups.  Please email admin@visitors.org.uk an outline of your poster to note your interest.

Festive socials
We are having two Christmas socials this year – please join us!

The first will be held in Glasgow on Thursday 1st December at 6pm.  Come along to Brewdog (1397 Argyle St) for a wee drink and some friendly visitor studies chat.  Kelvin Hall is just around the corner – a great opportunity to check out this new cultural hub before joining us.

Our second will be held in collaboration with the London Interpretation Network VSG on 14th December join us at the Science Museum for a talk and tour of the new Wonderlab interactive gallery followed by festivities at nearby pub Coco Momo. Arrive at the Science Museum at 4pm with pub based festivities from 5.30pm.

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