@MarDixon

Passionate about culture. Champion for the next generation of Cultural visitors. Defender of Libraries. Digital, Wearable Tech Enthusiast. Sharing knowledge. Troublemaker and/or advocate, depending on what you need.
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    January 2nd, 2018mardixonCulture, International

    Thank you to everyone who took part, followed, liked, and got involved with @52Museums on Instagram and Twitter in 2017.  It grew bigger than anyone could have expected.  The report for 2017 can be found here.

    You can find more information about what it is and how it works here.

    The 2018 schedule (and yes this is draft as changes throughout the year does happen):

    Please note: if you would like to be on the waiting list, please sign up here.

     

    January Country Museum Name Instagram Type of Museum
    1-7 USA Better World Museum betterworldmuseum social action, edible garden, creative tech
    8-14 Canada Mackin House Museum @coquitlam_heritage Historis Edwardian House
    USA Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion @GA_OGM Historic House
    15-21 UK Horniman Museum and Gardens https://www.instagram.com/hornimanmuseumgardens/ Natural World, Anthropology, Musical Instruments
    22-28 USA The Children’s Museum of Evansville @cmoekids Children’s Museum
    29-4 Germany Jüdisches Museum FFM @jmfrankfurt Jewish museum
    February
    5-11 Spain Museu de la Música de Barcelona https://www.instagram.com/museumusicabcn/ Music Museum
    USA New Orleans Jazz Museum @nolajazzmuseum History / Music Museum
    12-18 Canada McMaster Museum of Art macmuseum Art
    19-25 Israel Yad Vashem yadvashem The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    26-4 England Royal College of Nursing Library and Archives Rcnlibraries history of nursing library, heritage Centre and archive
    March
    5-11 Germany Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen @k_sammlungnrw Modern and contemporary art
    12-18 Poland Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK @mocak_krakow Contemporary Art
    19-25 UK Victoria and Albert Museum https://www.instagram.com/vamuseum/ Art and Design Museum
    26-1 USA Baseball Hall of Fame @baseballhall Sports Museum
    April
    2-8 Catalonia, Spain Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya museunacional ART
    9-15 Sweden IKEA Museum ikeamuseum Design/Entrepreneurship/History
    16-22 Argentina Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires @modernoba Art Museum
    23-29 USA Chemical Heritage Foundation @chemheritage History of Science
    Catalonia, Spain National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia – Museu Nacional de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya @mnactec Science and Technology
    May
    1-6 Germany Städel Museum staedelmuseum art
    Germany Marta Herford https://www.instagram.com/martaherford/ Contemporary art, design and architecture
    7-13 Belgium DIVA. Home of Diamonds @divaantwerp Diamond, jewelry & gold- and silversmithing museum
    14-20 UK Brooklands Museum brooklandsmuseum Motorsport and Aviation
    NZ MOTAT https://www.instagram.com/motatnz/ Transport & Technology
    21-27 UK Bronte Parsonage Museum @bronteparsonagemuseum Literary house with contemporary art programme
    28-3 USA Philbrook Museum of Art philbrookmuseum Art
    June
    4-10 USA Cincinnati Museum Center @cincymuseum History, Science, Children’s Museum
    11-17 UK Fulham Palace @fulhampalace Historic house and botanical garden
    18-24 Denmark Storm P. Museet @stormpmuseet Art Museum
    25-1 Sweden National Museums of World Culture, Sweden @etnografiska, @medelhavsmuseet, @ostasiatiska, @varldskulturmuseet enthographic
    July
    2-8 USA National Museum of American Jewish History @AmericanJewishMuseum History
    Israel The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot https://www.instagram.com/beithatfutsot/ Ethnographic
    9-15 Germany Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Centre @doku.ns_zwangsarbeit historic place and history museum
    16-22 Poland Museum of Art in Łódź https://www.instagram.com/muzeumsztuki/ Modern Art
    23-29 Canada Royal BC Museum royalbcmuseum Natural and human history
    August
    20-5 Scotland Surgeons’ Hall Museums @surgeonshall Anatomy and Medical
    6-12 USA Walker Art Center walkerartcenter Art Museum
    13-19 Catalonia, Spain National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia – Museu Nacional de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya @mnactec Science and Technology
    20-26 USA The Fabric Workshop and Museum fabricworkshop Contemporary
    27-2 USA NC Museum of History @ncmuseumhistory History
    Canada Canadian Museum of History @CanMusHistory History
    September
    3-9 Switzerland Museum Tinguely Basel museumtinguely Art
    10-16 USA Wilbur D. May Museum @renomaycenter Ethnographic/biographical
    17-23 Germany Historische Museen Hamburg histmuseenhh Historic Museums Hamburg
    24-30 Canada Secrets of Radar Museum secretsofradarmuseum History
    October
    1-7
    8-14 Scotland Dubdee V&A
    15-21 Australia Bundanon Trust @bundanontrust Nationally significant Bundanon Trust collection features works by the Boyd family presented in heritage Homestead and grounds.
    22-28 Australia Bendigo Art Gallery https://www.instagram.com/bendigoartgallery/ Art
    29-4 Spain Museu del Disseny de Barcelona museudeldisseny Design and Arts Decoratives Museum
    November
    5-11
    12-18
    19-25
    26-2
    December
    3-9
    10-16
    17-23 UK The National Gallery @national_gallery Art
    24-30

     

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    December 31st, 2017mardixonCulture, International

    80 Museums – 21 different countries – 52 weeks

    Our second 52 Museums Instagram project has wrapped up for this 2017 and overall it has been another huge success! At the end of each week all participants are asked to complete a survey, give us their thoughts on how it went, what went well and what could be done better in the future. We had 36 respondents to this, which is amazing, thank you to everyone who took the time to send in their feedback it really does help us to make it even better for everyone each year.

    Finally, a big thank you to all of you who took part and made 52 Museums 2017 such a success, and now with over 17,400 followers on the account here’s to an even bigger and better 2018!

     

    For the 2017 list and sign up information please see this link.

    Increase in 52 Museums Instagram followers: 3,700 (correct as of Dec 2017)

    Average increase in followers on Museums personal accounts after their week: 68 (based on those that responded to feedback)

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    December 23rd, 2017mardixonCulture

    Surprisingly I recent hear that the Museum of Cambridge (UK) was going from a supported museum to a volunteer led museum (and all staff were let go right before Christmas…).  Having seen this for years in the library sector, and reading yet another article on Museum of Cambridge I decided to ask the following question on Facebook and Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944200337921138688

    This brought a few conversations around the use of volunteers (which also relates to libraries), the responsibility of the council/government all the way to the future of museums.

    With Storify closing, I wanted to capture the conversations so here are the tweets:

    NB:  There were only 7 votes on Facebook – all saying it was a bad idea.

     

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    December 2nd, 2017mardixonCulture, International, Literacy

    In the market for books for children this Christmas season?  I’ve a few recommendations.  I’ve also reached out (via Twitter) and received some recommendations so it’s a variety of solutions!

    Just a friendly reminder that museum memberships for children is also a wonderful gift to receive!  Most if not all museums and galleries internationally have some for of yearly plan which are usually really inexpensive and provide newsletters and updates throughout the year along with discounts when you do visit the museums!

     

    The British Museum – Mummy!
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Hardback/cardboard
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Dig in and discover ancient Egypt!  Full of artefacts to spot and name, this friendly story uncovers all kinds of mummies – perfect ancient fun for little ones.

    Very colourful book with activities such as flap ups to look under and and ‘eye spy’ at to use throughout the book.

    The British Museum – 123
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Hardback/cardboard
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Discover amazing objects and simple first words in this brilliant country book for curious little ones.

    Very colourful book with a QR code for when the little ones want more information on the objects used in the book.  There is also an index at the back of the book.

    The Sixty-Eight Rooms – Marianne Malone
    Publisher: [Recommended by Seema Rao]
    Paperback
    Age: Children
    Description: [Taken from author’s website]
    Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed deep within the Art Institute of Chicago, they are a collection of sixty-eight exquisite – almost eerily realistic miniature rooms. Each of the rooms is designed in the style of a different time and place, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say the rooms are magical.

    Imagine… what if, on a field trip, you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?

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    November 28th, 2017mardixonCulture, theatre

    Thank you to Sue Hillman from It’s Your London for writing this Guest Blog for our DrinksThing evening!

    DrinksThing outings are famous for being in top places combining fun networking with a great experience. I’ve been to Twitter HQ and the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy with them to give you an idea of what I mean. So when the chance to meet new folk and go to the opera came up, I jumped at the chance.

    We met in a nearby pub for a chance to chat to fellow DrinksThing folk and find out what interesting people they are with great jobs in the arts, heritage and museum world. Then we swept across to the Royal Opera House, stopping briefly to enjoy its imposing facade.

    Once in our seats in the Amphitheatre section, we settled in to enjoy a brilliant view of the stage, ceiling and orchestra for Lucia di Lammermoor.

    Donizetti’s tragic opera was given extra punch by the innovative staging but I need to make a slight digression here for those who don’t know the story (spoiler alert) and here is how this production plays it. Loosely based on a novel by Sir Walter Scott, Lucia di Lammermoor is the story of a doomed love affair between Lucia and Edgardo who is the sworn enemy of her brother Enrico. The lovers meet in secret but are discovered by Enrico who is outraged. Edgardo has gone to war but not before the lovers have pledged to marry when he returns. We see Lucia experiencing morning sickness so it seems more than letters were exchanged. Enrico arranges a marriage for Lucia to Arturo and persuades her that Edgardo has been unfaithful . Enrico claims he will be ruined and killed if she does not marry and disregards her feelings completely. She marries Arturo just as Edgardo returns and, enraged, he demands his ring back. On her wedding night Lucia kills Arturo, has a miscarriage and descends to madness, imagining she is marrying Edgardo. Edgardo decides he will die in a duel with Enrico but then learns that Lucia is dying, realises what’s happened, and kills himself to join her in heaven. Phew!

    The staging was brilliant in my view but has split opinions within the RoH going public. The opera is played out in a split screen format so we had 2 rooms, or a room and a graveyard, each taking up half of the stage with action happening simultaneously on both halves throughout This took some concentrating along with reading the very useful surtitles so no drifting off allowed For me this added a rich complexity to the storytelling and more visual entertainment but having looked at a thread about this, some found it distracting and unnecessary – go with it I say!

    The star of the show was Lisette Oropesa playing Lucia, her singing was powerful and had amazing range, especially with those really high notes. This is considered one of opera’s most challenging roles for its technical demands and emotional intensity, particularly during the descent into madness She managed to sing at full emotional power even when laying on the bed and her acting was wonderful. She brought life to every scene she was in and even when she was in the side of the split screen where the singing was not happening, I still wanted to follow what she was doing.

    So, thanks to DrinksThing for a memorable evening: drinks, great networking and world class opera in this iconic venue!

    [Edit to Add:  Huge shout out to Royal Opera House for hosting us and making opera fun!]

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    November 21st, 2017mardixonCulture, International, theatre

    First a massive thank you to Kazi Ruksana Begum from A season of Bangla Drama for hosting the first every #LoveTheatreDay Unconference!  What a day!

    Second, thank you to Zsofia Szendrei for this guest blog on the day:

    What a day of insights!

    From marketing managers, to university professors and “explainers”; from actors and directors to museum curators and museum leaders (and us, aspiring events managers); we were lucky to have a great meeting of diverse backgrounds attend #LoveTheatreDay’s #unconference at the Art Pavillion in association with  Banghra Drama.

    At the heart of it; however, we were all merely a group of theatre enthusiasts, theatre explorers and those who, just so, happened to find themselves seduced by this sector of dreamers at one point and haven’t glanced back since (Mar, I’m looking at you ;P). What brought us together was the openness to go down a path of unknown territory: asking questions that may have no answers (yet). Something perhaps as terrifying as it is thrilling.

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    November 19th, 2017mardixonCulture, International, Personal
    At the end of October I ran a poll on twitter (but shared publicly on my Facebook page also asking a simple (so I thought) question:
    The options on the poll (which is limited to 4 on Twitter Polls):
    • Watch Netflix
    • Go to a museum/gallery
    • See a play/opera
    • Other (Please comment)
    Hindsight is beautiful as we all know as I really should have put something about reading in there but felt ‘Other’ would provide a catchall.
    Surprisingly on Twitter alone there were 501 votes.  Mainly felt originally that ‘my followers’ would skew the results to be (obviously) museums but I have to say a) my followers are diverse from museums/galleries, digital/tech, theatre/opera, publishing/book/libraries, and loads of just fun people that like to chat. Same goes for my Facebook (although add in family, friends and school mates who some I don’t even remember but our school was so small I am sure I know them).

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    November 8th, 2017mardixonCulture, International

    We are working with students from Goldsmith University on the #LoveTheatreDay Un-Conference.  To get your FREE ticket click here and remember this is for everyone that loves theatre – you don’t have to work in the sector!

    It is less than a week until the big day and you may be at home gathering all your supplies to come very well prepared for the day… but, hang on, what exactly are your supplies?

    So, how does one equip oneself for the day, you may ask.

    -Do you… bring your umbrella? To hide behind if you get stage fright and to prepare yourself for that big brainstorm.

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    October 18th, 2017mardixonCulture, International

    This year, I was offered space to run an unconference around #LoveTheatreDay.  It’s free and open to everyone – even those just interested in Theatre.

    Sign up here for #LoveTheatreDay Unconference

    For more information on #LoveTheatreDay click here. 

    As part of the unconference, I’m working with students from Goldsmith University.  The following is a guest blog about the unconference:

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    August 21st, 2017mardixonCulture, International

    This year, @LoveTheatreDay‘s media partner is the wonderful @TheStage

    We are also really excited as we’re on Instagram this year also!  Oh and if you haven’t heard, we’re also mirroring 52Museums and created 52Stages – it’s all going on with theatres this year (and every year to be fair).

    As The Stage managed to script this so well, I’m borrow their complete script – but for those here to sign up and know the drill, here’s the link

    #LoveTheatreDay is back for 2017. The social media phenomenon will return on Wednesday November 15, 2017. For the first time, the day will be run in association with The Stage to ensure the participation of as many individuals and cultural organisations as possible.

    The day will celebrate theatre around the world using #LoveTheatreDay on Twitter and other social media platforms. There will be three themes throughout the day:

    • #Backstage (10am to 12pm): go behind the scenes and see parts of the theatre you would never normally get to see.
    • #AskATheatre (3pm to 5pm): talk directly to the creative teams about their shows, and ask the questions you’ve always wanted to.
    • #Showtime (7pm to 10pm): show us what you’re seeing at the theatre, and find out what happens off stage during a show.

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