Now those that know me know this is something I’m a huge advocate of. Anything that stops the stereotyping that makes museums stuffy and visitors feel they aren’t worthy is a good thing!
Twitter has asked museums to sign up and tweet each day using the different hashtag/theme. Some of these are incredibly familiar (#AskaCurator #MuseumSelfie). I was asked if I minded, which is a good question. As a huge supporter of Museums and Twitter, how could I mind? I was a bit worried as the topics chosen are something CultureThemes does on a yearly basis but when I stopped and really thought about it – does it really matter? AskACurator will still happen on September 17th and MuseumSelfie will happen again in January 2015. What is important is to hopefully reach more museums that might not be using Twitter or know how to jump into social media to feel comfortable throughout the week taking part. Also to bring more potential visitors/advocates into the mix. I am really proud that Twitter has seen the potential with the museum sector – Go us!
What and When:
March 24 Day 1 – A day in the life (#DayInTheLife)
March 25 Day 2 – Test your knowledge (#MuseumMastermind)
March 26 Day 3 – Your story (#MuseumMemories)
March 27 Day 4 – Buildings behind the art (#BehindTheArt)
March 28 Day 5 – Ask the expert (#AskTheCurator)
March 29 Day 6 – Museum selﬁes (#MuseumSelﬁes)
March 30 Day 7 – Constraint drives creativity (#GetCreative)
List of Museums in each country
Want to take part and from the UK? Twitter UK Form
Want to take part and from Spain? Twitter Spain Form
Want to take part and from Italy? Twitter Italy Form
Want to take part but not part of the four countries? I created a form here
Tags: #museumweek, March 24-30, social media, twitter
How to go outside with this strange looking glass, on top of my prescription glasses? How to answer people’s questions? How to do it? Can I really chat with people wearing this? How to go outside with this Glass?
Of course, I could have been thinking about health implications of the device, or the actual safety of going outside with a $1500 gadget but my main worry was this one.
[Please note: I actually have a lot more to say on this topic but decided to keep it short and sweet for your sanity and mine... mainly mine.]
I’ve been involved with a few research projects lately. Each project is interesting and worthwhile in their own right. However, I’ve noticed there has been a two-part theme that has run throughout all of them:
a) Is tech the solution or the problem?
b) How much influence does funding have in that answer?
We live in this wonderful society where tech and digital is plentiful. As a Google Explorer and someone who has my iPhone pretty much attached to my hand at all times, I’m constantly connected. I’m the type of person that gets the shakes when the power goes out.
However, I’m also the first to ask: are we using tech for the right reason? Are we trying to fit that square into a circle because we should or because it’s there?Tags: digital, funding, Google Glass, tech
Wow – what an amazing day #MuseumSelfie was!
I’ve been running @culturethemes now for almost 3 years (we’re 3 in March). [A little background on CultureThemes: it was started when there were massive cuts to funding which caused a lot of negativity on social media. This was not helping the sector at all.] The first CultureTheme was #WhyILoveMuseums and went world trending.
Why? Because people love museums! What they don’t like is listening to moaning about funds/money. Who does? Read the rest of this entry »Tags: CultureThemes, MuseumSelfie, social media, tending, Viral
A little break from Google Explorer updates
On January 22, CultureThemes is running #Museumselfie. I’ve been asked what it is all about so thought I’d explain the background a bit.
I’m a Cultural Snatcher – I can’t help it! I take after my mom who is never without a camera (remember Kodak Disc? I do.). When I visit and explore a museum, I love sharing what I’m seeing. While I’m not a huge fan of taking pictures of myself, I can see why people like a good old selfie.
CultureThemes is a monthly hashtag I help organize on Twitter (we’ll be 3 in March). The idea behind CultureThemes is to have a positive event once a month on Twitter to highlight the fun and ‘unstuffiness’ of museums/culture. Previous tags included: #WhyILoveMuseums, #MusSocks, #MusMovember, and support #AskACurator day.
When I was coming up with new ideas for January, I happened to catch a conversation on Twitter with Adrian from Horniman talking about creating a Pinterest for Selfies with the Walrus. Horniman has a lovely, but not-the-best-taxidermy Walrus which people love to see on a visit. The idea of the Pinterest board reminded me how many people I see in my own travels taking selfies at museums and art galleries.
Suddenly, #MuseumSelfie was created.
The idea is simple, people around the world have been asked to take selfies at museums for the past month and they will share on Twitter using #MuseumSelfie on January 22nd. The pictures could be current or from previous trips.
We’ve museums in Catalan, Russia, South Africa, America, UK, France and more who pledged to take part.
So if you’re visiting a museum this weekend, make sure you take a #MuseumSelfie and share with @CultureThemes this Wednesday!
January 6th, 2014Tech
“It’s an emotional luxury product,” Stuart Miles of gadget site Pocket Lint “One that you do not need but once you have it you will find ways to use it.”
Surprisingly, this quote is not about Glass but was said at the launch of iPads back in 2010. Now (2014) there are hundreds of example of iPads changing lives for students and those with disabilities.
Since posting that I’ve a pair of Glass, I’ve been asked a lot of questions and somehow been involved with several debates. Hopefully, I can address some of the replies here: Read the rest of this entry »Tags: #GoogleExplorer, Google Glass, UK
For the past couple of months, I’ve been asked a lot about Google Glass and where they fit in with the big picture (museums, galleries, teens, kids, innovation, etc). I’ve been reading up as much as possible but knew the only real way for me to be honest with my response would be to own a pair. After arranging to receive a pair of Google Glass I started researching things – like what to do when I open the box.
I will admit that I was a tad intimidated at the thought of having a developers pair of Glass. Did that mean I would need to program them to turn them on? How complex would it be to work them? What level of skill would be required? Would I have the patience to deal with this learning curve?Tags: Glass Explorer, Google Glass, sharing
I asked this question on Twitter as I read the Museum of London recently ‘retired’ (read that as got rid of) their Story curator after 20 years. This got me thinking:
Is having the object more important than telling the story?
For me, I don’t expect to go to many museums/galleries and understand everything that is in front of me. I tend to scan a room, see what object was the one that grabbed my attention and go to it. However when I with someone that has a bit of knowledge then my experience is usually quite different.
Either way, the objects and paintings that have really good stories are the ones that tend to stay with me the longest (and are the ones I share the most).Tags: curator, museums, twitter
Back in October (I think), David Mentiply mentioned he was organizing a Museum Marathon to raise funds for Guide Dogs. I can’t remember exactly how the conversation went but soon after, I booked my tickets for December 7th to take part.
Yesterday, I woke up at 5 am to catch the early train to London full of energy. Ok perhaps not quite that much energy but I was definitely excited. After dropping bags off to Lovely Laura (who I can’t thank enough for meeting me), I rushed to our meeting point: V&A.
When I arrived (slightly late), they were just doing a group photo. I was handed a Guide Dog mask and told to smile.
The day was pretty much going to continue on like that – I was surrounded by people who were prepared with paperwork and maps – scary stuff! My role as a follower was clearly labelled (and I was quite content in this role!). I was also going to try and Tweet as much as possible to share (and hopefully guilt a few into sending a donation!).Tags: 26 museums, charity, Museum, museum marathon
Wow – and no I don’t mean Team 5s Wonder of Water – I mean WOW! We did it!
Last year, I came back from Museomix knowing I had to bring this experience to the UK. Would people understand? Would people show? Would they get what I got from the experience?
The answer is YES!
I think I speak for all of Orga team when I say ‘Holy Smoly!’ Or Beeep beep beep beep!
The following is a fast forward version of MuseomixUK. There are going to be people who read this thinking I forgot this part, or missed this part – rest assured I didn’t forget anything! Anyone who is trying to capture MuseomixUK in a post will know the struggle of adding everything.
On Friday, I witnessed people from all over the UK travel to Ironbridge Gorge Museum in the gorgeous Shropshire. Many had the ‘deer in headlights’ look that I sort of knew was going to happen. To avoid this as much as possible, I put three very friendly Shropshire faces on registration (huge thanks to Susan, Marissa and Theresa!)
During the introduction we warned people that their name badges made them part of the MuseomixUK community. I’m sure no one understood what that meant.
First step (in this fast forward version of Museomix) was a brief update to everyone on Museomix (I know they were still confused but they nodded in the right places). We also asked the Tech Shop and Fab Lab crew to talk about supplies and equipment available for teams to use (oh yes, this was met with massive blank stares but that’s ok as it made sense eventually).Tags: IGMT, museomix, Museomix2013, museomixuk