DigitalGLAM Symposium


The DigitalGLAM Symposium has now finished, and was a huge success. Thanks must go to all presenters and participants, it was a fantastic, and informative day. The talks from the day were recorded and can now be viewed on our Vimeo channel:


Following on from the symposium we are currently working on an edited book which will extend the symposium discussion, with a range of international contributions from leading practitioners, designers, institutions and academics.


DGnewlogoAs part of the ‘Citizen Heritage’ ARC-funded research project, the project team held an international symposium in Melbourne: ‘Digital GLAM: Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums’ on July 14-15, 2016. The event brought together cultural institutions, historians, heritage practitioners and digital designers. The symposium was hosted the Melbourne School of Design, at the University of Melbourne.


The DigitalGLAM symposium will bring together cultural institutions, historians, heritage practitioners, researchers and digital designers to discover new practices in digital media and cultural engagement. The event will include national and international keynote talks, and panels of presentations and discussions around four themes of Touring, Digital Frontiers, Immersive Experience, and Animating Archives. Issues under scrutiny include:

  • The projection of collections and artefacts into physical places beyond the traditional institutional reach;
  • New intersections between expert knowledge, curatorial practice and citizen-generated content;
  • Pathways and approaches to the design and development of new technologies;
  • Understanding and evaluating digital impacts and significance;
  • Critical reflections on the shaping of new digital identities for GLAM institutions.


The DigitalGLAM symposium is support by Melbourne Engagement Grants, the University of Melbourne and the Australian Research Council, associated with the Discovery Project ‘Citizen Heritage’.

Keynote speakers:

Professor Sarah Kenderdine, Professor at UNSW Art & Design

Antony Robbins, Director of Communications at the Museum of London

Breandán Knowlton, Executive Director at Historypin



Participating cultural sector institutions include the State Library of Victoria, Museum Victoria, Zoo Victoria, The Shrine of Remembrance, ACMI, Public Records Office of Victoria, and a number of researchers and designers.


The symposium will host a free public lecture at the State Library of Victoria on Thursday the 14th, in conjunction with the 2016 Victorian Museum Awards night.

This will be followed by a full day symposium held at the University of Melbourne, with the full schedule to come soon.


July 14: Free Public Lecture, 5.00-6.00pm

Antony Robbins  – Director of Communications at the Museum of London

Location: State Library Victoria, Village Roadshow theatrette

July 15: Symposium: registration and entry fee required. 8.30am – 6.00pm.

Location: The Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design. The University of Melbourne.

Draft Programme