@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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    September 19th, 2014mardixonCulture, International

    I started planning this event, well last year, but really in the past 3 months. I still worry no one will take part at first or get bored. Than closer to the event, I get all giddy with excitement like it’s Christmas!

    This year is no different.

    But here I am, technically the eve before and we have 41 countries and 634 museums signed up. I’ve been interviewed in 6 different languages (Wired.com article).  The sign up sheet continues to grow… [by end of play, 721 museums in 43 countries!]

    I’m often asked why I do it as I don’t get paid.  The stats from LaMagnetica are why:

    47,546 Tweets
    13,000 DIFFERENT users

    That is a HUGE community we have built together. How could I not do it? I’m seriously blown away by those numbers. These numbers represent the thirst from the #AskACurator Community for access to behind the scenes at museums/galleries.  The thirst for learning. The passion for our cultural sector. And most importantly, the yearning to share.

    Please Note: LaMagnetica will be sharing the report and I”ll update this page when it’s done.

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    April 22nd, 2014mardixonCulture, International

    спроси_куратора_A4The Russian Twitter includes around 180 museum accounts from every region of the Russian Federation. These accounts feature both the great world famous museum complexes like the State Hermitage in Saint-Petersburg or the State Historical museum in Moscow and small regional museums like the Middle Kama Museum of History and Culture.

    So we’d like to announce, that April, 25 is a #‎СпросиКуратора Day in the Russian twitter. It’s an analogue of the Internanational #‎AskACurator Day (with a kind permission of @CultureThemes and Mar Dixon). This tweet-event will be supported by the offical Twitter of Rissia (@TwitterRussia). It’s a unique opportunity to get all kind of museum information straight from the source.

    Our challenge is to present the quite new sort of museum activity in the Internet for the Russian-speaking audience.

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    September 20th, 2013mardixonCulture, International

    http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/p/keep-calm-and-ask-a-curator/TAKEAWAY AND THOUGHTS
    The name Askacurator can’t change but it is open to ‘Museums’.  #AskaMuseum might alienate Art Galleries in some countries.  How about we get the word out now that #askacurator 2014 is open to EVERYONE in museums – sound good?

    The museums who jumped in and answered questions got more out of it.   You can’t wait around to be asked questions.  There are plenty of general questions that are waiting to be answered.  Also, feel free to ask questions!

    It was great seeing:
    Museums/curators talking to each other.  For some reason, 2013 saw a rise in conversations between museums of all sizes and topics chatting with each other. 

    Museums asking questions themselves.  I saw a few museums asking questions that they were curious about – not just related to their own museum but to the sector globally.  It was fantastic to see them recognize this day was a chance for them to find out things too!

    A very heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part.  #AskaCurator is participatory and only works when we all get involved. 

    See you in 2014?
    @MarDixon / @AskaCurator


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    August 31st, 2013mardixonCulture, International

    askacurator[Updated Sept 18 21:36 GMT]

    Museums: 622
    Countries: 37

    The following is the list of museums who have signed up via the simple form.  Any museums, art gallery, national trust, etc can sign up.


    Want to know how to Take Part? There’s an article for that


    You might want to tell your followers the time your curator will be available.  Some museums write it on their events page, others leave it open to see what questions they receive.
    However, to get your name out there – it helps to jump in to general questions and not just wait to be asked a specific question.  Some people will use the hashtag to ask questions such as how to know what to collect, what skills are needed, what are the unknowns of being a curator etc.  We also have a few #Askacurator people who have questions like ‘do you have a teddy bear in your collection’ or ‘what’s the funniest thing you heard in your museum’ etc. These questions usually make it to a blog/tumblr etc that people LOVE.

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    August 27th, 2013mardixonCulture, International



    What time is it?  It’s #AskaCurator time!  Yes, September is more than Back to School time – it’s Ask a Curator Time!

    When is Ask a Curator?

    It’s an all day event on September 18th 

    What is Ask a Curator?

    It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to.  #Askacurator is open to everyone: Museums, galleries, National Trust, Theatres, and more. You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on. 

    • What’s it’ like to be a curator?
    • How do you decide what to display?
    • What is the most unique object in your collection?

    As some curators won’t know *all* the answers straight away, it might be they have to get back to you if it is a specific question about the museum/gallery.  However, if it is a general question, you might find another museum’s curator could answer it.

    How to get involved?

    Use the hashtag #AskaCurator on Twitter.  You can ask questions to specific museums using the @MUSEUMNAME or you can ask general questions using #AskaCurator.


    Please fill out this simple form which will export your information to a spreadsheet to share.   On the day you can schedule the time you are going to be there or you can dip in and out and answer questions when you get them.  Others also decide to spend the day asking questions not just to their Museum but the general questions that are asked (last year, Bears in Museums asked who had Bears in Museums…. it was one of the top questions!)

    In other words, curators spend as much or as little time as they want.

    It’s also a good idea to let your followers know you’re taking part.  Some curators will write a blog or tweet they are taking part in #askacurator.


    Just come to twitter on the day and ask the questions.  What I like to do is keep an eye on the countries and museums taking part and find a few unique ones that I want to know more about.  You can set yourself a goal of asking a question to every country even!

    Who can get involved?

    EVERYONE!  You just need to sign up for Twitter account if you haven’t yet.  Curators can answer questions to other museums and/or general questions (how to questions, etc).  Everyone is allowed to interrupt – this is Twitter after all! 🙂


    Go to Twitter and search for #AskACurator

    I find using Tweetdeck or HootSuite makes following the conversation easier.

    Hope this write up helps with some of the questions about what Ask A Curator is.  If you still have questions please ask away or you can tweet using the tag 🙂

    Why should you take part? 

    Many museums and art galleries who took part back in 2010 will testify to the great platform it gave them and large exposure that they would not have been able to achieve without #AskACurator.  This is true for both large and smaller venues.


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    September 21st, 2012mardixonCulture, International

    These are trends captured along the way.  If anyone has any other data we can add, please let me know.

    I’ve managed to capture over 12K tweets from 8am-11:30pm UK Time (closer to 13K as I missed some).


    08:00 @erikajoy fabulous Pinterest created from asking  What makes object/artwork in your collection makes you laugh?  already popular. Read the rest of this entry »

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    September 19th, 2012mardixonCulture, International

    I started at 08:00 and felt I was late to the game as Australia and Japan kicked off #AskACurator in grand style.

    08:03 Great question! RT @museums_ru: Are there any museums that are partners with Russian museums? #askacurator

    #askacurator as have @Yrrmuseum – Well done Australia for kicking things off for us!

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    September 6th, 2012mardixonCulture, International

    This Guest Blog from Claire, Musee de Cluny @museecluny, explains the benefits for Museums who are still on the fence about taking part in in Ask A Curator.

    Still hesitating? Asking yourselves why and how? As a community manager, a head of the educational team, or simply as the member of an (obviously) great museum’s staff, there are plenty of reasons to take part in Ask a Curator on September 19th.

    Claire Séguret, deputy manager of the Communication Department at Musée de Cluny (French national museum of Middle Ages), is giving you three.

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    September 1st, 2012mardixonCulture, International

    askacuratorWhat time is it?  It’s #AskaCurator time!  Yes, September brings kids going back to school,

    When is Ask a Curator?

    It’s an all day event on September 18th

    What is Ask a Curator?

    It’s a way to talk to curators and people who work in cultural venues you normally don’t have access to.  You can ask anything that you’re curious about or want more information on.  Read the rest of this entry »

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    September 8th, 2011mardixonCulture

    Anyone who has read my website knows how passionate I am about  Wolverhampton Art Gallery (see examples here and here) so having an opportunity to interview the curators was a real treat for me.  Wolverhampton has the second biggest pop collection outside of London but also embraces local and social history in addition to Georgian and Victorian art.  It’s a delicate balance to combine all of these under one roof but they have never disappointed.

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