@MarDixon Passionate about culture internationally. Run remixing events, workshops, create solutions, and an international speaker. Over sharer and Mom who loses arguments to a teen. Projects created: @CultureThemes @lovetheatreday @AskaCurator @MuseumSelfieDay @TeensInMuseums @52museums
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    October 16th, 2011mardixonCulture, International

    Kids in Museums is a wonderful charity that helps Museums, Galleries and Heritage Venues provide kid friendly environments for the whole family.  Established in 2003, they have a yearly Family Friendly Award which is more about recognizing good establishments rather than a competition.  I recently became a volunteer (and their social media manager) after years of supporting their very worthy cause.

    Kids in Museums hold workshops (such as the Family Fortune Workshop), events such as TakeOver Day and most important, provide a Manifesto.  The manifesto was the key for me a few years back.  It is one thing to have suggestion for venues to follow, but to collate these into a very easy to read and obtain 20-point document for venues to pledge to follow spoke volumes for me.

    I encourage all museum, galleries and Heritage Venues to sign up to pledge their support to the Manifesto.

    Although I wrote about this subject on a Guest blog Why we need to listen to kids for @unmuseum I’ve never specifically written about my passion here.

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    October 10th, 2011mardixonInternational, Literacy

    This is the time of the year when my tweets tend to shift from museums and miscellaneous to literary (and miscellaneous) as the Frankfurt Book Fair is one of THE literary events that most of my literary friends are either going to or part of.  Publishers, authors, agents all seem to flog to Germany for this International event.   At the same time, there are a lot of literary festivals this time of the year (such as the brilliant Cheltenham Festivals  which those who can’t get to Germany prefer to attend.

    I love books.  I love reading, I love going to libraries and book stores and searching new books I didn’t know existed.  I love the feeling of leaping into a book – becoming a bystander in the scenes that I’m reading.  Charlotte and I are fortunate to sometimes receive books from publishers  to review which has spurred her love of reading even further.  And recently, I even received an acknowledgement in L.A. Weatherly sequel Angel Fire. [Thank you!]

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    September 28th, 2011mardixonCulture, International, Literacy

    During the last few weeks, I’ve noticed peaks and troughs with the diverse industries I follow.   I contemplated how I could capture this data and felt the best way was to track Twitter for 12 hours over one day.

    I started tracking at 8:00 am on September 27th 2011.  My account (@MarDixon) currently stands:

    3,156 followers
    1,887 Following

    The key industries I follow could be broken into the following main sectors.  Other sectors are mentioned through the report.

    Literacy:  This includes publishers, writers/authors, marketing, eBook
    Museums: Including Art Galleries, Heritage Venues, people working within the industries.
    American Museums: As above
    Science: Groups or persons who promote the science industry
    Personal tweets: Tweets, while not exclusive of the above personnel, were clearly on a non-professional basis.
    Other: Tweets that didn’t fit into the main categories

    There were some obvious times to tweet and not tweet and it seems different industries have slotted themselves into times that work best for them.  I seen minimal clashes of tweets vying for audiences attention.   This was interesting as it pinpoints times throughout the day where tweeting is more effective for certain industries.

    This data is raw and obviously not scientific.  The notes were taken as and when I saw trends shifting and are only estimates.

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    I also tried to take notes along the way to help gauge where trends where leading.  Please see them here

     

     

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    September 16th, 2011mardixonCulture, International

    A Guest Blog by Satoko Shimizu @0bo5_fr who is a Student of Tokyo University of Foreign Languages (TUFS) French major.

    When we hear “social media and museum” we tend to think about interesting action from the museum side for a more open-wide visitor. But social media can be tools that visitors use to express their opinions to the museum.

    In Paris there is an interesting movement as a good example.

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    August 22nd, 2011mardixonCulture, International

    From July 27th until August 1th, I ran a simple 8 question survey called Does Social Media work for Cultural Sector.  Why?  Because I was working on a blog post and Tweeted to find out if anyone could point me to any research that would prove, or disprove, whether Social media does indeed work within the Culture sector.  To my surprise, it seemed that this question hadn’t been posed and there certainly didn’t seem to be any research or analysis to answer my question.

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    August 8th, 2011mardixonCulture, International

    Musee Guimet and Musee d’Art Moderne

    Charlotte and Michael decided to have another trip up the Eiffel Tower which allowed me a morning to explore. I originally planned to head to Musee d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris but along the way, I managed to find this quaint, very French market.  There was something special about stumbling upon this very established market that made the event special. The market had very fresh food, along with traditional market-style items.

    While wondering through,I noticed this fabulous building on the corner that clearly looked like a museum, so I headed in.

     

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    August 8th, 2011mardixonCulture, International

    Versailles and Musee de’ Cluny 

    We started off early as our first stop was to Versailles.  However we made a stop on the way at Javel, where we walked over the bridge to take pictures of the Statute of Liberty as we have a very fond attachment to the monument, even more-so now after yesterday’s discussion on the topic at Musse des et Metire.  I do feel that its unplanned stops along the way that really make a holiday personal.

     

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    August 8th, 2011mardixonCulture, International

    Musee d’Orsay & Muse des arts et metiers

    Today we started off early to get to the Louve before attending an appointment at musee des de metires.  The weather was shining brightly on us and we managed to take lots of gorgeous, typical tourist photos of both the external Louve and the Jardin des Tuileries.  Then we went to queue for the Louve … except it was closed.  Our initial disappointment and annoyance at not checking on that prior to leaving was soon squashed with the decision to go to Musee d’Orsay.  And we were very pleased we did.

     

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