Draft Programme is now available.

We are delighted to present the Draft Programme as of November 28, 2018!

ARMS WIDE OPEN: Strategies for Engaging with Diverse Communities</strong


March 27-30 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

10:00 am to midnight

9:30 am to 5 pm

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm


Registration & Sign-Ups OpenA

INTO Executive Meetings

Join INTO for a Meet and Greet – Organised welcome for delegatesE


 Wednesday, March 27, 2019 – St George’s

Today’s Location




ICNT spends the day in St George’s, Bermuda’s first capital and a UNESCO World Heritage site. St George’s is a living 18th Century town, featuring the oldest Protestant church in the Americas and the original home of the oldest legislature in the Commonwealth outside of the British

Isles. Today’s activities are largely centred around the theme of “Arms Wide Open”.


10.15am to 11.15 am


Opening Ceremony at the World Heritage Centre, St. George’s


11:20 pm

12.30 pm to 10.45pm


Talk and song by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation of South Carolina.

Address on the history of St George’s and Bermuda from 1609-1800


1:45 pm to 2:45 pm Walking Tours of St. George
3:00 pm to 3.40pm



3.45 pm to 5 pm

Plenary Address: Gus Casely Hayford: Africa’s Art History is our Future (A talk about diversity initiatives that encompasses major recent research developments in African Art History—including Timbuktu)

Leadership Panel:  For Everyone: Promoting multiculturalism and diversity in heritage and conservation.

Moderated by Bermuda National Trust president Alana Anderson, this panel will feature leaders of the diverse national trust movement.

6:00 pm -7.30pm Welcome Reception at Government House

Hosted by His Excellency the Governor, Mr John Rankin CMG.

7.45 pm



After the reception, delegates will have the option of returning directly to the host hotel, or they can stop in Hamilton to sample the capital’s night life.

Thursday, March 28, 2019 – Dockyard

Today’s Location





ICNT goes to the western end of Bermuda for Day 2 of the Conference. Bermuda’s Royal Naval Dockyard dates to the 1780s when Bermuda became the “Gibraltar of the West”, the central link in a chain of fortified Atlantic bases designed to protect Britain’s trade and to defend against the breakaway American republic to the west. The Victorian Dockyard, built primarily by slave and convict labour, was at the heart of Bermuda’s fortifications and is largely intact.

Today’s events include two sets of break-out groups on the main themes of the conference:

Open to All: (Diversity and Inclusion) Open Houses: (Built Heritage) Open Spaces: (Environment)

Open for Business: (Capacity Building)  Opening Minds (Education and Engagement)

Other events today include a boat cruise and a dinner at Fourways Inn, an inn and restaurant housed in a 300-year-old home.

9:20 am-9.40 am


9.50am-11 am


Bermuda Expert Address – A local expert will speak on Bermuda’s history from 1800 to the present day.

Walking Tours of Dockyard


“Open to All/Opening Minds” –Whose Heritage? Interpreting the history of places and people from different perspectives is one of the most challenging and vital tasks facing curators today. Learn from people who are doing it now.

“Open Houses” – Different Strokes for Different Folks: Exploring the re-use of historic buildings that maintain conservation goals but increase participation and commercial gain

“Open Spaces” – Small and Beautiful: Balancing development and sustainability in small island environments: Environment –

“Open for Business” – The Fine Art of Managing Historic Collections: Moving from 20th Century Curation to dynamic presentation through partnership, participation and provocation.

“Opening Minds” – Are The Kids All Right?  Generation Z, the first true generation of digital natives, have been described as global, entrepreneurial, more individual and comfortable in a world of instant updates. How do we consistently engage with younger audiences?


12.15 pm to 2 pm Lunch

2:15 pm to 3.15 pm










3:20 pm to 4.05 pm


“Open To All” – Making the dream work: Recruiting, training and retaining the best team of staff and volunteers to deliver your core mission and reflect your community

“Open Houses” – Alternative Energy for Built Heritage: The Challenges and Rewards – Built Heritage – Clock Tower B Master Class. Justin Albert.

“Open Spaces”– Boosting Biodiversity: Bringing Endangered Species Back to Life

“Open for Business”- Going for Growth: Do you know how to grow your organization?

“Open Minds”–  Connecting Children with Nature: Project Wild Thing

Master class: Creator David Bond


Plenary AddressHilary McGrady, Director General The National Trust of England Wales and Northern Ireland. Topic: Diversity and people-centred conservation

4.20 pm to 5.45 pm Cocktail Cruise from Dockyard to hotel
7:30 pm to 10:30pm Dinner & Entertainment at Fourways Inn





Friday, March 29, 2019, Fairmont Southampton

  Friday and Saturday’s sessions take place at the Fairmont Southampton Resort, the conference hotel.
9:00 am – 9.30am



Plenary Session on Reciprocity – Natalie Bull

 INTO executive member Natalie Bull will deliver a progress report on the work of the INTO committee on reciprocal memberships.

Plenary/Keynote Address – Gail Lord of Lord Cultural Resources

10:40am-12.30 pm Regional Meetings


12:15 pm to 2:15 pm LunchE – Kite Exhibition Display & or Flight
1.45 pm to 2:15 pm

2:25 pm to 3:50 pm














4:00 pm to 4:45 pm

Lunchtime speaker/Plenary – Andrew Potts of ICOMOS on Climate Change and World Heritage Sites

“Open To All” –  Live Like the Locals: Today’s tourists demand “immersive” travel experiences which give them a richer and deeper understanding of their destinations. What are the challenges and opportunities for the stewards of heritage and natural beauty sites

“Open Houses” –Seminar on Wheels: Reimagining Verdmont. Seminar at Bermuda National Trust estate house Verdmont with goal of coming up with new exhibits or mission for museum stuck in the past

Group C “Open Spaces” Prepare for the worst, hope for the best: In the era of climate change and extreme weather events, veterans of natural disasters share lessons learned and tips for planning and recovery for conservation organisations.

Group D “Open Minds” – Preserving the Past, Building for the Future: Preservation Skills and community empowerment .

Group D “Open for Business” – Participatory Heritage: A tale of two organisations’ use of social media to grow engagement

NTEWNI NTHP – Master Class delivered by The National Trust of England Wales and Northern Ireland and the National Trust for Historic Preservation (USA)

Plenary Address – Nina Simon (Video)– Making Historic Sites and Museums Relevant

Nina Simon is the executive director of the Santa Fe Museum of Art & History (MAH) which was on the brink of closure in 2011. She will describe how the MAH was dramatically transformed, with attendance up 800%, using the framework of OF/BY/FOR ALL. 



4:55 pm to 6:00 PM Speed Dating/Networking – Sit down with INTO executives and leading conservation experts on best practices in the conservation field and surgeries on how to get the most out of INTO.
7:00 pm to 10:00pm Dinner Dine Around

Delegates join Bermudians in their homes for some traditional Bermudian hospitality. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet Bermudians and to learn more about their island.


Saturday, March 30, 2019 – Fairmont Southampton

9:00 am to 9.45 am Plenary Session
10:00 am to 12:00 pm INTO General Assembly/Awards Ceremony
1:30 pm to 2.15 pm




2.25 pm to 3:45 pm

Plenary Panel – Conference Initiative – The Last Straw

Many countries are considering or have already implemented policies aimed at reducing or eliminating single use plastic items. This plenary panel will discuss lessons learned and successful efforts from campaigns from around the world.


“Open to All” World Heritage Sites: Helping the whole community to embrace UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

“Open for Business” Heritage and Politics: Developing a heritage advocacy toolbox.?

“Open Spaces” – Unwelcome Guests: How to tackle invasive species on land and sea

“Open for Business” – Your Trust Needs You: How to manage and grow your volunteer community.

“Open Minds” – Move, Teach and Inspire: Developing engaging programming and experiences that will educate, stimulate and inspire visitors of all ages.

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm



7:00 pm to 11:00pm



Plenary – Workshop Summaries.

Workshop moderators will summarise and share what has been learned in the different tracks of the conference.

Beach Bash: Bermuda Style by candlelight and dancing under the stars