#MuseumWeek – Why (and how) Everyone Should Get Involved

museumweekTwitter UK, Italy, Spain and France are coming together this month for #MuseumWeek – a week long event to help encourage museums and potential visitors to use Twitter to share.

SEE PDF PDF Twitter #MuseumWeek PDF 

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!

Objective:
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)

Who:
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

The following is the press release from Twitter UK. 

UK organisations already signed up include the Science Museum (@sciencemuseum), the Natural History Museum (@NHM_London), the Victoria and Albert Museum (@V_and_A), the British Museum (@britishmuseum) and Tate (@Tate).

The project also includes some of the UK’s lesser-known, smaller or more specialist museums, such as the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire (@RoaldDahlMuseum), Cumbria’s Pencil Museum (@PencilMuseum), Pembrokeshire’s Tenby Museum and Art Gallery (@TenbyMuseum) and the Time and Tide Museum (@timetidemuseum) in Great Yarmouth.

#MuseumWeek offers a real-time, behind-the-scenes look at organisations across Europe and the UK.

Participating organisations will include the hashtag #MuseumWeek in their Tweets for the week, meaning users can follow along on Twitter. In addition, every day there will be a different theme including #MuseumSelfies#AskTheCurator and#MuseumMemories.

Some museums and galleries will also run their own projects to coincide with the week. Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_Palaces) will be giving users a unique insight into a day in the life of Henry VIII, and hosting a live Twitter Q&A with the former monarch between 8 and 9 p.m. on Monday 24 March.

The Natural History (@NHM_London) and Victoria & Albert (@V_and_A) museums will be partnering on a special #MuseumSelfies initiative at their ‘Friday Lates’ event on 24 March.

A full list of participating UK organisations can be viewed in our #MuseumWeek discover page

ctMar Dixon (@MarDixon), an expert in social media and museums and host of the@CultureThemes project, said: “Every day of the year museums and cultural institutions across the world are using Twitter in exciting and interesting ways to tell the stories of their collections to new audiences.

#MuseumWeek will shine a light on these activities, giving a real-time glimpse into the workings of UK museums.

Jesse Ringham, Digital Communications Manager from Tate, said: “Tate’s presence on Twitter is crucial to engaging our global audiences in on-going conversations about art and creativity. @Tate now has 1 million followers, making the gallery the most followed museum on Twitter in Europe and the third largest worldwide. We’re delighted to be joining this international initiative alongside large and small museums and galleries from the UK and beyond.”

The project also includes some of the UK’s lesser-known, smaller or more specialist museums, such as the Roald Dahl Museum in Buckinghamshire (@RoaldDahlMuseum), Cumbria’s Pencil Museum (@PencilMuseum),  Pembrokeshire’s Tenby Museum and Art Gallery (@TenbyMuseum) and the Time and Tide Museum (@timetidemuseum) in Great Yarmouth.  

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    Greetings from Holland. Over the last 10 months I have been doing art history research in Dutch archives and libraries and came up with what I think is quite a good tale. The Dr Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939) story is entirely new to the public and quite amazing, as it also entails shade actions by Nazis and the allied Monuments Men…

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