Annual White Lecture

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The IMA Annual White Lecture in the autumn provides a forum for some of the most influential national and international contemporary museum professionals to speak on matters relating to museums. It is held in memory of Dr James White, who was one of the founders of the Irish Museums Association.

Past speakers at this prestigious event have included Enrique Juncosa, Director, Irish Museum of Modern Art; Sir Timothy Clifford, Director General, National Galleries of Scotland; Sune Nordgren, Director, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway; Neil McGregor, Director,  British Museum; Professor Jack Lohman, Director, Museum of London and Chairman of ICOM (UK); Philippe de Montebello, Director, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum, Athens; Sir Mark Jones, Director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Dr Penelope Curtis, Director of Tate Britain, London; Dr Michael Ryan, former Director of the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin; Dr Maria Balshaw, Director of the Whitworth Gallery and of Manchester City Galleries; Dr Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, and Dr Christopher Warleigh-Lack, Curator, Hillsborough Castle and Professor Sir Christopher Frayling

Guest Speaker 2016: Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museums

Diane Lees is the Director-General of Imperial War Museums, the cultural lead for the Centenary of the First World War, and is a Trustee of 14-18NOW, the Centenary's Cultural Programme.

Diane is a Trustee of the IWM Development Trust, The Gerry Holdsworth Special Forces Trust, and the Army Museums Ogilby Trust. She serves as Vice President of the American Air Museum in Britain, is a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network (WLMN), and sits on the Arts Council's external advice panel. Diane also sits on the judging panels of the Museums + Heritage Awards, and the CMI Book of the Year. She is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's Experts' Reference Group. Since May 2016, Diane has been chairing a review of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)'s Museums, Galleries and Collections Fund.

In April 2013, Diane was appointed Chair of the National Museum Directors' Council (NMDC) and continues to serve in this role. In April 2014, she was appointed to the University of Lincoln's Board of Governors and in January 2015, to the University of Oxford Humanities External Advisory Board. In December 2014, Diane was awarded a CBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for services to museums, and in July 2015, was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree by the University of Reading

The Annual Lecture will take place on 28 November, 2016 in Dublin. Booking and further details to be announced closer to date.