@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, 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 4th, 2011mardixonCulture

    Bantock House was built in 1730’s for Bantock family who made their money as a canal and railway agent after moving to Wolverhampton from Scotland.  The house was left to Wolverhampton in 1938 but, as that was world time, it was used for the home guard until 1948.  It wasn’t until 1999 that this Grade II listed building took it’s current, and most impressive, stance as a social history museum.

    I was able to have a chat with three of curators:

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    June 24th, 2011mardixonCulture

    Following the success of last years #AskACurator day, Jim Richardson and his team have launched AskACurator.com this week.  This fabulous resource has striped the restrictions from Twitter and allows in-depth answers to the many questions asked on the #AskACurator Day. 

    I’ve been having a play as although I love IT, I have little patience when it comes to load times and finding my way around complex sites.  I’m happy to report  this site is so easy to navigate I’d go as far to say my mom (who detest computers) would have no problems at all finding her way around.  Registration is very simple, I just connected using my Facebook account but you have the option to create a separate account if you wish.

    While I find the use of video works best for my comprehension, every video is also follow up with a transcript for those that prefer reading.  The transcripts are also very useful for iPad/iPhone users as there is a Flash conflict on the videos (this is only temporary as they upgrade the media player for client).   

    The first page has three simple topics:

    • Question of the day with additional submenu: Trending Today, Ask a Question, Museum Channels, Subjects
    • Popular questions
    • Recent questions

    I originally thought I would spend a few minutes clicking, see how it went and go on my merry way.  Instead, I found myself clicking to get more answers.  There are a lot of interesting questions, such as ‘What does research about a Museum object look like?’ and ‘What’s the most unusual object you found at the museum?’

    Question of the day is where I’ve spent most of my time.  Museum channels currently holds six museums but I can see that will be filling up quickly as this site gains momentum.

    On each answer, you are able to Facebook like, add to Favourite and leave a comment.  However, Jim is already looking at enhancements and new features to add.  

    Overall, another brilliant, well thought-out, and resourceful site from the Sumo crew.  Go have a look around and let them know what you think. 

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