ESRC Digital Good Network

Past event

Good uses of digital tech in museums and the cultural sector

Digital Good Network and BMT: Good uses of digital tech in museums and the cultural sector
16 November 2023
BOMlab Birmingham, 12 Dudley Street, Birmingham, B5 4EA

What does the ‘good’ use of digital technology in museums and the cultural sector look like? How can ‘the digital good’ contribute to placemaking in Birmingham? Join us to hear from digital culture projects on these themes, find out about our funding opportunities, and network with leading Birmingham arts and cultural organisations. 

Hosted by the ESRC Digital Good Network and Birmingham Museums Trust. Drinks, nibbles and networking to follow.

Speakers

Sara Wajid, Birmingham Museums Trust
Sara Wajid MBE is CEO of the Birmingham Museums Trust, an independent charitable trust responsible for running nine museum sites across the city of Birmingham, including Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum.  Sara is also Communities and Cultural Engagement Lead for the Digital Good Network.  Sara was formerly Head of Engagement at Museum of London and Head of Interpretation at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2017.

Sara founded the Museum Detox network for people of colour in museums and an active advocate for diversity and equality issues in the arts. She also sits on the National Museum Directors’ Council.

Anita Shervington, BLAST Fest
Anita Shervington is a science and cultural engagement strategist based in Birmingham. She is the Director of BLAST Fest, a pop-up festival and community engagement platform that fuses the creative power of science with Black arts and culture to catalyse social change. Anita is a recipient of Digital Good Network funding for a project on the re-imaging of AI with afrofuturist speculative design.

Anita’s community organising and health development background includes maternal nutrition, women’s civic leadership, heritage and culture – all influencing her approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics and cultural programming and public engagement style.

Helen Kennedy, Digital Good Network
Helen Kennedy is Professor of Digital Society at the University of Sheffield and Director of the Digital Good Network. An interdisciplinary researcher, Helen has researched how digital developments are experienced by ’ordinary people,’ and how these experiences can inform the work of digital practitioners in ways that overcome inequalities for more than 20 years.

Ros Williams, Digital Good Network
Ros Williams is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Society at the University of Sheffield and Associate Director of the Digital Good Network. Their research engages mainly with science and technology studies, the sociologies of race and ethnicity, and of health and illness.