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POSTPONED. Digital Learning Network (DLNET) conference: Digital ideas for learning

March 23, 2020 10:15 am

We are postponing this event because of the Coronavirus situation.   

As a consequence of the Coronavirus situation, we are postponing the event planned for 23 March 2020 at RIBA.  We will be in touch again when we have a new date for this conference. 

Those who have already booked receive refunds.   



Monday 23rd March 2020, 10.15 am to 3.30 pm

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD; Google map

What’s it all about?  
Engaging audiences with collections through digital technology and approaches

Who are we?
The Digital Learning Network shares ideas and good practice in using digital technology to support learning in the Cultural Heritage sector.

Full programme 

  • 10.15 am– 10.40 am: Registration and welcome

  • 10.40 am: Speed networking
    (Sian Shaw, Digital Learning Manager, Westminster Abbey)

  • 11.05 am : Update on recent digital initiatives
    (Alec Ward, Museum Development Officer, Digital and Communications, London Museum Development)

  • 11.30: BREAK
    (opportunity to input ideas for #DLNETChat)

  • 11.45 am: Virtual 3D reconstruction of objects from the Medicine Galleries
    (Emilia McKenzie, Digital Manager, Learning, Science Museum)

  • 12.10 pm: Live streaming for learning audiences
    (Ashley March, Digital Editor (Learning), Museum of London)

  • 12.35 pm: 3D printing in museum learning and outreach – Ideas and methods
    (Wilson Yau, Learning Manager, RIBA)

  • 1.00 pm: Lunch and VR exhibition exploration

  • 2.15 pm: Digital upskilling – Why it’s good to upskill across all staff, and an approach to doing this.
    (Izzy Bartley, Digital Learning Officer, Leeds Museums and Galleries) 

  • 2.40 pm: Session tbc

  • 3.00 pm: Final comments

  • 3.30 pm: Close

DLNET ThinkDrink at the RIBA, 27 November 2019

November 27, 2019 6:00 pm

RIBA building, London

DLNET ThinkDrinks: these are informal gatherings for people interested in how digital can enhance learning in the cultural sector.  No need to book, just turn up. If you have any questions feel free to contact Wilson Yau

Timing: 6pm to 9pm Wednesday 27 November 2019. Please note, that other events will be taking place in the building that evening too.

Venue: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. The building is open to the public all day and entry is free. 

Room: the Clore Learning Centre is located on the 4th floor of the RIBA building and is a new space opened in 2019 for the public to engage with and respond to architecture as part of the RIBA’s creative learning programme.

Access: there is step-free access from the street to the ground floor from where the lifts to the 4th floor can be accessed. The lifts can accommodate most wheelchairs but not some larger motorised wheelchairs. There is no need to report to reception when you enter the building, just come straight up to the 4th floor via the lifts or main staircase. More information about the building and how to get there is available here

Facilities: facilities inside the building, all free and open from 10am until 5pm, include the RIBA Library, Bauhaus exhibition, café and architecture bookshop. 

Pubs: some people may want to continue discussions at a nearby pub. Here is a list of nearby pubs (link to a map), the first two on the list below are within a 5-minutes’ walk. 


November 1, 2019 12:00 pm ‎

Join us the first Friday of each month 12-1pm to take part in live discussions with others who are interested in digital learning.

We use Twitter with the hashtag #DLNETChat

Using digital to support learning

July 15, 2019 9:30 am
Leeds Discovery Centre, LS10 1LB

A day of discovery and discussion for cultural professionals, examining the role of digital in supporting learning and engagement activities.  The programme starts with an overview suitable for people already involved in digital learning, as well as those who are not sure what digital learning is.  The programme includes hands on sessions presented by highly experienced practitioners, offering ideas for you to adapt to your own context. 

Lunch and refreshments are included.  Day runs 0945 – 1630

Sessions include:

Martin Bazley, Chair DLNET and Digital Heritage Consultant:  digital learning overview including planning, creation and evaluation

Alec Ward, London Museum Development: Social Media and Creating Digital content : why and how to use it for your learning audiences

Wilson Yau, RIBA: Tablets as drawing tools, focusing on ‘observation’ and ‘making’

Izzy Bartley, Leeds Museums and Galleries and Claire Duffield, Leeds Libraries: Microbits: hands on session with ideas for your organisation, with reference to the new computing curriculum

Alec Ward, London Museum Development: Digital storytelling: how and why to do it, with hands on practice using Twine 


DLNET ThinkDrink at RIBA 12 March 2019

March 12, 2019 6:00 pm

DLNET ThinkDrinks: informal gatherings for people interested in how digital can enhance learning in the cultural sector.    No need to book, just turn up.   If you have any questions feel free to contact Wilson Yau <>

Timings:  6pm to around 10pm. 

Venue: Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD. The building is open to the public all day and entry is free.

Room: The Clore Learning Centre is located on the 4th floor of the RIBA and is a new space for the public to engage with and respond to architecture as part of a creative learning programme. It will open in late February 2019 (official opening later this year)

Facilities inside the building (all free): Library, exhibitions, café and bookshop

More info at


Some people may want to continue discussions at a nearby pub.  Here is a list of nearby pubs.   


Nearby pubs (link to a map), the first three on the list below are within 5-minutes’ walk. There are wine bars on Marylebone High Street, which is about ten-minute’s walk away:

  • Mason’s Arms, 58 Devonshire Street, London, W1W 5EA
    Closest pub to the RIBA. Nice atmosphere, serves food and spaces can be booked upstairs
  • The Albany, 240 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5QU
    Can be busy, very loud at times!
  • Green Man, 383 Euston Road Euston, London NW1 3AU
  • Horse and Groom, 128 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6PS
    Nearest Sam Smiths pub
  • Smugglers Tavern, 28 Warren St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5ND



  • Nearest London Underground stations are Oxford Circus, Regents Park and Great Portland Street 
  • Buses that stop nearby include: C2, 18, 27, 30, 88, 205 and 453
  • Bicycle racks are located outside 66 Portland Place and cycle hire docking stations can be found along Portland Place. 
  • On-street parking is available on Portland Place (A4021) and its vicinity. The RIBA is inside the northern boundary of the Congestion Charging zone. 


Accessibility: Lift access to all floors, note the lifts can accommodate most wheelchairs but not some larger motorised wheelchairs. There’s a short ramp to the front entrance



Digital Learning in Museums conference

June 17, 2017 12:40 pm

16 June 2017, Museum of Natural History, Oxford

Delegate fee £50 (free for speakers, £40 for DLNET members)

DLNET is pleased to be partnering with The Oxford University Museums Partnership to deliver this summer conference.

Full details and latest programme info:

Museums and cultural organisations play a key role in the formal learning environment, offering engaging, ‘beyond the classroom’ learning experiences for primary, secondary FE and HE students. 

Increasingly museums are utilising digital tools to facilitate these formal learning experiences both to respond to an increasingly digital learning environment and enhance the learning experience. Digital is now a key component of wider learning strategies.

This one day conference will be devoted to digital learning in museums, with a particular focus on ‘formal learning’. The day aims to share insights and lessons from current work happening across he sector, but also discuss bigger questions around the role of digital in terms of learning strategies and sustainability.

Booking Details

Booking are now open through the University’s online shop.

The delegate fee is £50, a discounted rate of £40 will be offered to DLNET members (it is free to join).

For more information contact the Oxford University Museums Partnership Events Team: | 01865 613784







Changing Cultures

March 23, 2016 10:53 am


Date: Tuesday 22 March
Times: 13:45-16:45 (Registration at 1:30pm)
Venue: National Museums Scotland, Seminar Room, Learning Centre, Level 4

A free half-day seminar by the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Network to discuss and explore innovative digital research methods, and how to plan for and understand impact from digital projects. 

Event Programme

13:45 Welcome by Jen Ross, Lecturer, Centre for Research in Digital Education, University of Edinburgh
The afternoon will bring together the Digital Learning Network and the Digital Cultural Heritage Research Network to explore methods for conducting digital cultural heritage research, and ways academics and cultural heritage professionals can think about the impact of our work..

13:50 Lightning strikes talks

14:20 Keynote: Jenny Kidd, Lecturer, Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

15:05 Refreshments

15:25 Group activities

16:15 Plenary discussion: picking up on key themes of the day

16:35 Closing remarks

 16:45 Close



Eventbrite - Changing Cultures

Digital Learning Camp

December 3, 2015 8:29 pm

Leeds City Museum, 3rd December 2015


The Digital Learning Camp will provide inspiration and practical guidance for anyone working on digital education projects within the heritage and cultural sectors. Led by My Learning and Leeds Museums and Galleries, and supported by DLNet and CapeUK, the event is aimed at those working on established projects or anyone wanting to find out more about digital learning.

The focus of this packed day of workshops and short talks is on techniques and skills with a practical application, which attendees can apply to their own projects. Here’s a taster of the sort of thing we’ll be offering on the day:

  • Find out what developers need to establish a good digital learning project and what is feasible for different budgets
  • Discover the qualities funders are looking for in digital learning projects
  • Ideas and practical applications for free or low-cost DIY digital learning tools
  • Develop your evaluation techniques and find out how to conduct a teacher focus group
  • Honest appraisals of successes and problems in recent digital learning projects
  • Ask an expert panel of teachers, from various key stages and specialising in different subjects, questions about their requirements for digital learning resources

Speakers confirmed so far include:

John McMahon, Policy Adviser at Heritage Lottery Fund Funding Digital Learning Projects How organisations are engaging (or, in some cases, not engaging) with digital and what can grantees do to improve their digital impact?

Emma King, Heritage Consultant and Deputy Chair of GEM (Group for Education in Museums) Conducting teacher focus groups for digital learning projects

Paul Clifford, Learning and Creative Technology Consultant (former Digital Learning Programmes Manager at British Museum/Museum of London) If this…then that. How collaborative and user-generated interactives can reinvigorate museums and galleries.

Martin Bazley, Digital Heritage Consultant and Chair of the Digital Learning Network (DLNet) User testing in the classroom as part of developing digital learning resources for schools

Stuart Berry, Museums and Heritage Education Consultant and DLNet Committee Member Video conferencing

Caroline Bunce, Education & Outreach Officer, M&S Company Archive Browsing History: Virtual Outreach at the M&S Company Archive

Confirmed teacher panelists:

Alf Wilkinson, CPD Manager for Historical Association, former Head of History and ICT Coordinator

Stuart Tiffany, Y5/6 Class Teacher, Farsley Farfield Primary School

Amanda Duke, Faculty Leader for the Arts, Steyning Grammar School and My Learning Teachers’ Panel member


Delegate fee: £16.75 inc refreshments and buffet lunch (and Eventbrite processing/service fees).

Book your place now as places are limited (via Eventbrite)




On the move: mobile learning in museums and galleries

July 30, 2015 10:30 am

Thursday 30 July 2015, V&A London


DLNET Going mobile Van GoghKati Price, Head of Digital Media, V&A museum  New Europe Galleries guide

Alyson Webb partner at Frankly, Green + Webb Using mobile to build new audiences (recent projects including Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Marie Hobson, Learning Researcher, Natural History Museum Why museums shouldn’t offer mobile learning experiences – a provocation

Dr Maria-Anne Tseliou Mobile interpretation at Leicester Castle

Katherine Biggs and Ina Pruegel, Multichannel Producers, Historic Royal Palaces Mobile learning experiences for children

Dr Claire Sowton, Research Associate, University of Edinburgh, with Tate and National Galleries of Scotland Artcasting: New approaches to evaluating engagement with art 

Sarah Kounaves, KCL / NHM Collaborative Studentship Museum Learning in the Digital Age: Understanding adult mobile technology use at a Natural History Museum

Digital Learning and the First World War

December 12, 2014 9:30 am
Imperial War Museums

Digital Learning and the First World War

Date:  Friday 12 December 2014 

Venue: Imperial War Museums, London

This event explores how different organisations have developed digital content connected to the First World War,  for formal and informal audiences.



   Registration and coffee


   Simon Bendry – National Education Co-ordinator, First World War Centenary
   How is the First World War taught in schools today?


   Alison Glew – Support Officer, My Learning
   & Lucy Moore – Projects Curator: First World War, Leeds Museums & Galleries
   Our First World War Guardians’ and ‘Aviation in Leeds’: Two digital interactives based on First World War collections


   David Avery – Senior Web Content Developer (Learning), British Library
   Uniting collections from across Europe: Building the British Library’s World War One learning website


   Ludvig Lohse – Digital Media Manager, IWM
   Talk on Digital Elements First World War Gallery


   Lunch & self-led exploration of Digital Elements First World War Gallery


   Charlie Keitch – Digital Learning Officer, IWM
   Developing Imperial War Museums online resources for schools


   Gill Parkes – Principal Archivist, Durham Record Office
   Developing the Durham at War project




   Robin Clutterbuck & Martin Bazley – Project Team, Gallipoli Association
   Gallipoli – Sharing Our Stories


   Plenary discussion



The event is at IWM London and the day will include the opportunity to visit their ground-breaking new galleries and discover how IWM has used digital technologies to help interpret the First World War.

Tickets are available via eventbrite or can be purchased below:

For more information please contact

Digital Innovation and Learning: How schools are using technology creatively

November 14, 2014 1:30 pm
Great North Museum

14 November 2014 1.30-4.30pm

Digital Innovation and Learning: How schools are using technology creatively

Clore education suite, Great North Museum

Digital Learning Network and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums are jointly hosting a half day event, to discuss all things digital learning and innovation.  We’re going to be focusing on how schools are using technology creatively and how cultural organisations can learn from and support the best of what is happening in their classrooms.

Technology has tremendous potential to engage, excite and inspire young people, to make learning more flexible and to cater for different learning styles and abilities.  Many schools in the region are using technology in exciting and creative ways. This event will provide a great opportunity to meet up with like-minded individuals and share the best of what is happening with digital learning in classrooms and in museums. 

Speakers include:

  • Zoe Ross will be talking about  Mapping Minecraft. How GeoCraft is using Ordnance Survey maps and Minecraft to engage pupils in their local area and beyond. 

Zoe is a teacher turned entrepreneur who is passionate about creative, engaging teaching and learning. Having taught Business, Economics, Computing and held the positions of Head of Year and Head of ICT, she founded DoDigital in 2010.  Zoe is currently involved in a number of Computing and educational technology projects. These include GeoCraft, a not-for-profit venture which uses Minecraft and Ordnance Survey mapping data to teach children about their local environment, and the Barefoot Computing project.   Zoe has worked with a variety of organisations throughout the UK, including BCS, Computing at Schools, Google and the BBC. She has recently written teaching materials for Hodder Education and Scholastic for the new computing curriculum.

  • Steve Boneham  will be talking about Digital Storytelling – from sceptic to supporter (my reflections on digital storytelling with academics and educators)

Steve is a Learning Technologist at Jisc Netskills. He researches emerging technologies in education to provide training and support in their effective use in academic practice. His current work interests include digital storytelling, augmented reality, blogging, WordPress, social media, podcasting and e-Learning. Before joining Netskills, Steve was a researcher working on an HIV vaccine. He’ll probably tell you a story about that in his talk!

  • Steve Bunce will be showing examples of how different primary and secondary schools are using technology.  Steve will also be bringing along some iPads, we will try a few activities and think about how they could be enhanced, using the museum collections. 
Steve is an experienced teacher and has taught in primary and secondary schools and covered many roles including head of ICT, head of year and senior leader.  For the Open University, he has advised schools across the UK on their use of technology across the curriculum.  As a part-time lecturer at Durham University, he has shared learning experiences with the undergraduate teachers.
Developing teaching and learning in schools is the focus of Steve’s work and he now advises teachers with computing, Steve works with many teachers to build their confidence in the subject and uses many approaches including video games, Minecraft, robots and 3D printing, to capture their imaginations. Digital badges is a particular interest, as there is great interest and potential for education. 

There will be plenty of time for discussion during this event, so we can discuss the opportunities and challenges of supporting digital innovation in classrooms and share the best of what is happening with digital learning in classrooms and in museums. 

Eventbrite - Digital Innovation and Learning: How schools are using technology creatively

DLNET Summer Think Drinks – London

August 11, 2014 6:00 pm

11 August, 6.00 – 8.30pm,
5th View, Waterstones Piccadilly (5th Floor)

Digital Learning Network would like to invite you to join us for a summer drink, to discuss all things digital learning, meet committee members, and generally say hi! You have worked hard this year and done brilliant things, you deserve it.

We will be listening to your thoughts and taking suggestions for future event themes, blog posts and online surgery topics, and you can find out about our upcoming event programme.

We will gather in 5th View – on the top floor of Waterstones Piccadilly from 6pm onwards, and we have reserved a space. To keep costs down, unfortunately we are unable to provide drinks this time, but the bar has a large selection, including tea, coffee and snacks.

If you would like to attend, please email Alex Murphy your name and organisation, and if you are bringing colleagues –
If you decide to show up unannounced that is fine too! But letting us know will help us to anticipate numbers.

We very much look forward to raising a glass with you then!

GEM London Twilight event Learning online: how to make the most of your digital learning offer

May 19, 2014 6:30 pm
HMS Belfast

GEM London Twilight event

Monday 19 May 6.30 – 8.30pm

Learning online: how to make the most of your digital learning offer

It can be the case that the learning page of a museum website offers little more than ‘how to book’ and other practical information for teachers. With budgets tight is it worth investing in online games, learning packs and other resources for schools? How do you promote these to teachers and how do you evaluate their effectiveness? In this Twilight session we’ll hear from three learning practitioners who will share their experiences of developing digital learning resources and offer practical tips for maximising your online potential whatever your budget.



Anra Kennedy – Content & Partnerships Director, Culture 24

Charlie Keitch – Digital Learning Officer, IWM

Jane Audas – Freelance Producer


There will be drinks and networking after the presentations.

This event is in partnership with DLNET.


£5 for GEM members and DLNET members

£15 for Non-members


To book visit


Formal Digital Learning Resources in Gallery, Online and in the Classroom

April 4, 2014 10:00 am
Museum of London


A one day event, ideal for people working in museums or galleries who would like to develop their digital learning offer for schools, both onsite and in the classroom.


What Teachers Want
A session with primary and secondary school teachers, discussing what does and doesn’t work for them

‘From inception to delivery: Museum of London web resources for teachers and students’
Case study presentation by Ally Davies – Online Learning Manager, Museum of London

 ’Paper, PDFs and Play Store: how school activities in the British Museum’s Parthenon galleries have developed from paper trails to an augmented reality app’
Case study presentation by Katherine Biggs, Education Manager: Digital Learning Programmes – The British Museum

‘Objects in Focus, Reaching Beyond the Museum Walls’
Case study presentation by Tali Krikler, Head of Learning and Frances Jeens, London Links Learning Manager – The Jewish Museum

‘To the Lab at Stirling Castle’
Case study presentation by Kirsten Wood and Craig Fletcher – Historic Scotland


This event is now Fully Booked.

If you would like to become a DLNET Member please visit our Membership page.

For enquiries please contact DLNET Administrator Alex Murphy, on

Digital Learning Discussion, 26 February 2013, Twitter

February 26, 2013 11:00 am

Join us for our first ever Twitter based Digital Learning Discussion – a day long online event to encourage the sharing of ideas and good practice in using digital technologies to support learning in the cultural heritage sector.

The topic for this inaugural social media event will be Twitter itself – we’ll be asking you questions relating to its current use by museums and its application as a learning tool. We’d love to hear how you approach Twitter use in your museums.

Direct your tweets to @DLNET and remember to use hashtag #museDLD so we can collect your responses! We’ll be summarising the tweets so check back at our website after the event for a round up of the day.

Keep an eye out for our tweets and join in the discussion from 11am Tuesday 26 February.

Engaging digital audiences in museums, 11 July 2012, University of Manchester

July 11, 2012 10:00 am

Book tickets now at:

Room G.107 in the Alan Turing building, University of Manchester.

Today, museums are finding more and more ways to use digital technologies to enhance their learning and public engagement programmes. Technology has tremendous potential to engage, excite and inspire people, to make learning more flexible and to cater for different learning styles and abilities.  In many museums, however, the work of learning departments and technology teams is still quite separate.

This conference, curated jointly by the Museums Computer Group and the Digital Learning Network, will bring together the two worlds of museum technology and museum learning and encourage them to talk and learn from each others’ skills and experience.

Museum technologists will learn about tried and tested techniques used by colleagues in Learning departments to measure the impact of digital projects on audiences. Learning teams will be inspired by the potential of digital technologies to achieve learning outcomes, audience engagement and reach.

Book now for what promises to be a popular day featuring best practice case studies, workshops around key digital challenges and an ‘unconference’ session where you suggest the themes ensuring we discuss the most pressing challenges that you’re currently facing. 



Book tickets now at:

Follow@dlnet  or @ukmcg on Twitter for updates.

Presentation slides from event:

Keynote speeches

Keynote speech from Nick Winterbotham, Group for Education in Museums (GEM) Chair and Director, Winterbotham Associates at Thinktank.

Keynote presentation from Matthew Cock, Head of Web, British Museum. 

Mobile learning case studies
Lucinda Blaser, Digital Projects Manager at Royal Museums Greenwich discussed developing a bespoke mobile learning system where the user drives the learning process.

John Coburn, Project Coordinator ICT from Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums presented a case study looking at the successes and challenges in creating compelling content for Hidden Newcastle, an app revealing strange and forgetten stories in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Evaluation and measuring engagement case study 
Martha Henson, Multimedia Producer at Wellcome Trust discussed the evaluation of their online game ‘High Tea’, making discoveries about new audiences and how people play games, as well as reaching towards best practice in evaluation itself. 

Parallel workshops
It’s not always easy to identify and implement technologies that are a good match for audiences, content and organisational context. This workshop by Greg Povey and Shona Carnall provided some inspiration and help to get started.

Alyson Webb and Lindsey Green‘s workshop focussed on mobile apps and what they mean for cultural heritage organisations. Should we all be developing them? Do they deliver the new audiences they promise? Can we really use them to deliver learning objectives or are they just the latest new shiny distraction? 


Pauline Webb, Collections Manager at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) joint led a workshop questionning how can we re-align museum practices to make more of changing technologies? 

Michael Woodward, Commercial Director at York Museums Trust joint led a workshop questionning how can we re-align museum practices to make more of changing technologies? 



Digital Resources – What Teachers Want!

June 9, 2011 10:00 am

Held at The National Archives, London

This event offered you a pragmatic overview of the issues involved in development and evaluation of online resources for use by teachers in the classroom

 A practical overview of key topics including:

  •      Case studies looking at designing resources for specific audiences and contexts
  •     How teachers use digital resources
  •     Top tips for evaluation and an overview of methodologies
  •     Practical demonstrations of whiteboard technology


What do Teachers Want? – using digital resources in the classroom –  two teachers give top tips of what works for them – opportunity for Q&A

Crit room – a panel including teachers (using volunteers from the audience to navigate the sites) comment on websites designed for use in schools.

Digital Learning Network for Museums, Libraries and Archives AGM.

Developing resources

Case study 1 – The National Archives – Andrew Payne and Claire Horrie talk about the development of a new Victorian resource for primary schools which is highly interactive, has both online resources and downloadable whiteboard material and adopts a particular pedagogic approach to getting primary children to carry out historical enquiries by working directly with primary source material.

Case Study 2 – Newcastle University Special Collections ­Sara Bird will discuss the development of Archives Alive which is designed for Key Stage 3-4 and tells the story of the spread of first outbreak of cholera in 1831-2.  On the same website is an interactive creative writing resource.  Using the stimulus of Victorian images from the archives the children create a story using the starting point of their chosen character, situation, place and object.  

Case Study 3 – Herbert Art Gallery & Museum- Lisa Price will discuss the development of their downloadable resources. The process of putting the packs together will be discussed from consultation with teachers to working with graphic designers and debates within the gallery and museum team.

Evaluating online resources – methodologies and top tips – Martin Bazley, Online Experience Consultant and DLNet Vice Chair

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