1.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 2

Scotland’s Museums contribute greatly to its society and economy. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from different sector perspectives about the industry and how to progress in it. Drawn from nationally and internationally recognised institutions as well as the sector’s national development body, the session will encompass short presentations and panel Q&As.



Hosted by Dr Devon McHugh, Museums Galleries Scotland. A museums professional and passionate advocate for the arts, Dr Devon McHugh is the Relationships & Partnerships Development Manager at Museums Galleries Scotland, the National Development Body for more than 450 museums nationwide. Devon is an expert in 19th- and 20th-century collections and culture, and lectured in the visual cultures of the urban landscape at the University of Edinburgh from 2010-2015.

Lyn Wall is the Registrar at National Museums Scotland and manages the outgoing loans programme to venues in Scotland, UK and overseas and the incoming loans that underpin the Exhibitions programme. Lyn is also the Curator at Museum of Childhood responsible for the care of over 60,000 objects, displays and enquiries.

Rohan Almond is the Assistant Curator at Surgeons’ Hall Museums, part of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and home to one of the largest and most historic collections of pathology in the world. Rohan has been with the Museums since 2009 and most recently was a key member of the team who worked on the Lister Project, a complete refurbishment and redisplay of the collections. He is currently putting together the forthcoming temporary exhibition, Medicine Men, which tells the stories of surgeons who have travelled to far flung places around the globe, from Africa to the Arctic Circle.

John Pressly, Science Curator, Paisley Museum.  Paisley Museum is home to the Coats Observatory, one of only 4 public observatories in the country.  John has worked in the industry for a number of years and has most recently co-curated the Museum’s  Light Fantastic exhibition which embarks on a journey of discovery into the illuminating world of light and features interactive displays, natural history specimens and rarely seen scientific equipment from the Coats Observatory collection.