MA15: Communicating Culture

6-8 May 2015
Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand
Communicating Culture


MA15 photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.


In an age when new communication technologies and methods appear almost daily, there are ever more ways to reach out to and engage the communities we serve with the stories hidden in our collections.  At the 2015 Museums Aotearoa Conference in Dunedin we aim to showcase the many innovative approaches museums and galleries in Aotearoa and beyond are using to share their collections  onsite, offsite and online.

  • story-telling
  • residencies
  • academic discourse
  • guerrilla exhibitions
  • artists' interventions
  • WW1 commemorations
  • advocacy
  • education programmes    
  • performance 
  • talk fests
  • co-curation
  • citizen science
  • news media
  • interactive media
  • social media

These are just some of the ways museums and galleries can be are communicating culture.

With an extraordinary programme of workshops, talks, lectures and events taking place all over Dunedin, and of course the ever popular NZ Museum Awards Dinner, the 2015 conference promises to be one not to miss. See you there!


Dr Phil Manning - MA15 keynote speaker

To listen to Dr Phil Manning's interview on Radio NZ National with Kim Hill: Click here

  • Professor of Natural History and Head of the Palaeontology Research Group (PRG), University of Manchester (UK)
  • Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History (New York) 
  • Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania (USA)

We are delighted to announce our first keynote speaker for the Museums Aotearoa 2015 annual conference in Dunedin.

Dr Manning plays an active role in science outreach, contributing to open-days, lectures, workshops, fieldwork, etc. He has authored both children's and popular science books and is a regular contributor to public speaking programs around the world, promoting the public engagement of science. 

Dr Manning’s research is both broad and interdisciplinary. Dr Manning and his team have worked extensively in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota and Montana, and their field program also includes sites in South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.