Junction Arts’ fourth Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference is taking place in Derby on the 16th March, 2023. It is a biennial event that celebrates the heritage work being delivered in the region as well as inspiring the projects and partnerships of the future.

Delegates at the event, which is entitled, “Dive into Digital – hacking heritage with digital technologies’’, will have the opportunity to network and share ideas as well as hear from a number of inspiring speakers including…

Danny Callaghan, This Girl Codes

Danny Callaghan - Derbyshire Creative Heritage Conference


Danny Callaghan has worked in a wide range of professional arts, creative heritage & cultural industries roles for more than 30 years. He has been employed & commissioned by organisations in the public, voluntary & private sectors. He works as an artist, researcher & project facilitator. Key recurring themes in his work include identity, place & local distinctiveness. His creative practice varies from site & context specific public art to delicate collaged paper cuts. He grew up in The Potteries (Stoke-on-Trent) & is passionate about the city’s historic ceramic industry & its global reach. His specific obsession is tiles, art mosaic & architectural ceramics.

Danny will be facilitating a conversation about This Girl Codes as well as talking about his role in the programme.


Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, Curator at the Museum of Making, Derby.

Eilish Clohessy-Dennis, Curator at the Museum of Making, Derby.


Eilish, will share how she uses digital in her day to day work. Almost all of Eilish’s work includes digital in some way, from collections management using the Museum’s online collections database to making collections available to the public through our Trailmaker system. 

Eilish also leads on 3D imaging for Derby Museums, creating 3D models of collections items which are shared online through 3D model sharing website Sketchfab. These different uses of digital allow our visitors to interact with the Collections at Derby Museums in different ways, including creating their own trails in the Museum and forming deeper connections with objects on display.

Josie Fraser, Head of Digital Policy at the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Josie Fraser, Head of Digital Policy at the National Lottery Heritage Fund


Josie Fraser’s work focuses on equitable and inclusive digital transformation. She has worked across the education, government, and cultural sectors.  She has advised and represented major organisations and governments nationally and internationally.


She is currently Head of Digital Policy at the National Lottery Heritage Fund [https://www.heritagefund.org.uk], the UK’s largest funder of heritage. She leads on the UK-wide Digital Skills for Heritage initiative, designed to drive up digital skills and confidence across the heritage sector, and ensure organisations can make strategic and effective use of technology. 


She previously worked for the Department of Culture, Media and Sport as a senior technology adviser, leading on a range of policy areas including digital economy, online harms, internet regulation and multilateral digital policy.

Ann Fomukong-Boden 

Ann Fomukong-Boden

Ann Fomukong-Boden is an electronic engineer with a specialism in audio acoustics and inclusive technologies.

Ann runs a social enterprise in Chesterfield called Kakou that designs technologies for music, heritage and the creatives arts. Ann is also a STEM Ambassador and on the board of Trustees for Junction Arts.

Steph Walsh – Senior Economic Development Officer at Derbyshire County Council.

Steph has worked in the tourism sector for Derbyshire since 2004. Leading on projects such as the Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair and managing the international partnership between Derbyshire and Toyota City in Japan.

She is also a creative practitioner and small business owner: The Arty Party Co and Discover Derbyshire.


Brothers Matt and Rob Vale have been creating visually inventive, memorable projection artworks and experiences for over 10 years. Their works range from epic scale illumination to small scale interventions, but always working to create something unique and specific to location and viewer. Formed around a principal of People, Site, Animation, and often combining elements of installation, dance, theatre, pyrotechnics and music, each project that they approach develops from an exploration of the emotions of an environment, aiming to capture the essence of a place, space or feeling as shared moments in time.

Their practice is inherently collaborative and cross-disciplinary. Wherever possible we work with participants and partners to generate artwork, avoiding tokenistic approaches, looking instead for ways in which their actions or involvement can become the piece, collecting the smallest moments and elevating then to a dramatic and fantastical scale.

Illuminos’ large-scale projection artworks explore the potentials of whole building time-based work to interact with viewers en mass, morphing and reclaiming urban and rural spaces. By using light, sound and projection the actions of collaborators can be fused together to bring spaces to life, allowing audiences to view it in a new light. Multi-screen imagery matched directly to architectural features and composed.