Priceless Projects - Making the difference at the V and A

Tuesday 15 June 2010

6.00pm - 8.30pm (refreshments available 30 minutes before)

BCS London, Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Sarah Winmill

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the British national museum of art and design. To many a Museum is a place where objects of interest are displayed in glass cases with dry informational labels. The V&A explodes this image with cutting edge exhibitions exploring digital art and modern popular culture, an outstanding programme of ultra chic special events and educational programmes, not to mention an enthusiastic and expert staff devoted to engaging the public in the beauty of the collections.

This evening we will go behind the doors marked private and explore what it takes to maintain, research, and display the millions of objects in the V&A collections. We will consider the challenges of tracking where everything is, moving priceless and fragile objects (and shipping them internationally!), bringing the knowledge of the organisation into the public domain, and the technology into the 21st century! We will explore how the V&A has used project management to successfully deliver results and look at what happened when they did not!

About the Speaker:

Sarah Winmill is Head of IS Services at the Victoria and Albert Museum where she has worked for 7 of the last 8 years. Sarah relishes working for arts and heritage charities in unique environments, previously enjoying the Royal Academy of Arts, Historic Royal Palaces (including HM Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace), and the Royal Albert Hall.

Following four years at the Royal College of Music studying viola, her early IT career focused on ticket sales and retail systems before a fascination with data networks lead into infrastructure, and she was seduced by management.

Sarah serves on the committee of BCS Women and is Chair of the Charities Consortium IT Directors Group. In 2008 she was a Finalist in the Intel IT Leader of the Year, at the BCS IT Industry Awards.

Event report

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