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Since the first World Forum in 1989, this bi-annual event has been the opportunity for people from the world of motoring collections and museums to network, learn and discover more about current and future developments in the sector.

The overall theme for the 2018 Forum is ‘The Road Ahead: Motor Museums for the 21st Century’; we hope that the mix of formal conference sessions, visits and social activities will inspire, educate and entertain delegates.

Over four days of formal sessions, the Forum will focus on four areas of interest:

  • Resilience
  • Collections
  • Engaging audiences
  • Motor museums for the 21st Century
  • General Criteria

The conference sessions will include a variety of formats:

  • Formal presentations of up to 40 minutes (including time for Q & A)
  • Panel discussions/debates (15 minutes presentation + 35 minutes of discussion)
  • ‘Ten Minute Tales’ – concise 10-minute presentations about an issue or development in your museum or collection, or a topic you think may be of interest to Forum members.
  • The Forum is an international event; presentations and supporting material must be provided and delivered in English.

Listed below are some broad areas of conference content. These are for guidance and we would welcome other ideas linked to the broad themes of the Forum:

1. Resilience
What are characteristics of resilient and prosperous museums?
How can museums provide high quality experiences for visitors and users and remain strong and resilient?

Topics of interest:

  • Income generation
  • Fundraising & development
  • Governance
  • Project planning and delivery
  • Retailing and catering


2. Collections

Caring for and maintaining our historic collections are a key function for museum organisations.
What are the current issues surrounding their acquisition, conservation and use?

Topics of interest:

  • Archives and motoring collections
  • IP and copyright issues
  • Restoration or conservation?
  • Working with volunteers
  • Assessing significance


3. Engaging Audiences

Providing a first class visitor experience and attracting new and diverse audiences are vital in ensuring the success and sustainability of car collections and museums.

Topics of interest:

  • Developing and diversifying audiences
  • ‘Hands On – Minds Off?’ – the value of interactive exhibits
  • Who are our visitors? – research and evaluation
  • New audiences – marketing and social media
  • The digital experience – online visitors
  • Telling stories


4. Motor Museums for the 21st Century

To end the Forum, the emphasis of the conference session will be on the future.
What will motor museums look like in the coming years, and what are the trends and developments to look out for?

Topics of interest:

  • Contemporary collecting – what should we collect for the future?
  • New technology and museums exhibitions – Apps, VR and interactivity
  • Sustainability – making our museums greener
  • What is the role of a curator in the 21st Century?


How To Submit?

If you are interested in presenting at the 2018 World Forum, please submit a synopsis of your paper on one side of A4 paper which includes:

  • An outline of the paper and the theme to which it relates
  • Length/type of presentation
  • A brief speaker biography
  • Any AV/access requirements
  • Please submit your proposals to

Closing date for Call for Papers: 30 April 2018

Call For Papers