Straight after MuseumNext, I had to fly to Lisbon for a project. By the time I got home from travelling for 10 days, all the Takeway and items I was going to talk about have been covered (and much more eloquently than I would have done!):
- Oonagh Murphy Museum Next 2013
- Claire Ross Museum Next
- Tony Butler A few reflections on social and tech innovation #museumnext 2013
- Andrew Lewis Ideas from Museumnext 2013
- Museumnext Collaborative document
- MuseumNext Tumblr of slides and more
If you’re like me, you probably missed the Welcome note from Jim. In it, he describes the challenges he faced from his first MuseumNext 5 years ago. Even with having a heavy hitter like Nina Simon the interest wasn’t there. But soon it went International with the first brave delegate from the Netherlands.
And it has grown and grown ever since.Tags: amsterdam, Culture, digital, International, MuseumNext, museums
This also led to discussions on advocacy and the role advocates play in today’s word-of-mouth marketing. This is not a new ethos, but with the use of social media advocates can provide a quicker more positive approach to bring in a wider range of diverse people
With this in mind, I thought it would be good to share a few suggestions on where to start:
Tags: advocates, Culture, museum community, museums, Volunteer
Like all relationships, these things take time. Some advocates already exist (Friends, Volunteers) while other relationships need to be built up.
Last August 2011, I ran a simple survey called Does Social media work for Cultural Sector. At the time, I had no idea that Cultural 24 was working on their large scale research Let’s Get Real. Nor did I know what difference it was going to make (if any).
The results were intriguing and I mentioned I might run it again in a year. Fast forward a year and a kind reminder by Ann that it was again time for the survey.
RT @ann_les: @MarDixon, hi! Have you carried out the same survey (http://www.mardixon.com/wordpress/2011/08/does-social-media-work-for-cultural-sector-survey/) this year?
Although I recognize that much has changed in the past year, I decided to leave all the questions the same as 2011. I *really* want to ask more prying questions but realize that would skew results if we are to honestly compare the data from 2011 to 2012.
Please share this survey with everyone.
Just back from an amazing week in Barcelona where not only did I get to do a bunch of museum visits and culture things, I managed to attend the 2-day MuseumNext conference.
MuseumNext was held at CCCB and MACBA and had 2-3 session going at any given time. The advantage was you could tailor your conference to suit your needs. The disadvantage was you knew you were missing some pretty brilliant talks.
However, luckily, most attendees tweeted (this *is* a digital conference after all!). With help from Gary Green and Jonathan Tyzack below is an archive of the tweets.
*Please note: These are really raw and not formatted as I wanted to get them up ASAP. I will work on them again tonight.
Huge huge thanks to Jim and Claire Richardson, the whole Sumo Team, and all the kind sponsors* for again putting on a fantastic conference. Once again, I walked away with valuable knowledge and great friends.
Bring on MuseumNext 2013 – Amsterdam!
*Thanks to sponsor MailChimp for the free drinks! Check them out!
- MuseumLines blog
- Thought Den Blog
- If looks could kill – Can digital images be less immortal?
- A Mobile Thing at #MuseumNext 2012
- Barcelona Pre-Conference
- MuseumNext Day One
- MuseumNext Day Two
- Barcelona Museum Day (After Conference)
I recently took part in the Guardian’s Culture Professional end of year Chat: a good or bad year for culture and heritage.
While I tend to stick to the more traditional cultural aspects (museums, art galleries, heritage venues) the chat brought up some other aspects such as contemporary performances, ballets, opera, etc.
One of the points I made was I felt 2011 was the Year of Collaboration. To my surprise, this seemed to have caused a discussion on whether it really was or not. Since the Arts council cuts were announced earlier in the year, it was clear to me that the only route for the smaller venues to survive had to be collaboration.Tags: 2012 predictions, Culture, museums, social media
October 22nd, 2011Culture
On Thursday, 20th of October I traveled to London for a packed Cultural-filled day which started at the Natural History Museum, moved to V&A, British Museum, Convent Garden and finally Royal Society of Artists.
The day started with meeting Laura Porter, London Travel Guide (@AboutLondon) and very good friend who I was taking as a guest to the Natural History Museums Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year preview event. Simon Quicke (@Insidebooks) met us at the event.
The exhibition is the top selection of International wildlife photographers from amateurs to professional. The preview gave us an opportunity to see all the fabulous photographs before it opened to the public, and also discuss the works with some of the photographers.Tags: British Museum, Culture, London, museums, Natural History Museum, NHM
September 8th, 2011Culture
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.Tags: Ask A Curator, Culture, CultureThemes, Interview, Wolverhampton
August 17th, 2011Culture
If you never been to the Ikon Gallery, you’re missing a real treat. The building itself is a piece of art that never fails to fascinate. Originally built in 1878 for an infant school, it has had a few other responsibilities before its current (and hopefully permanent) position as home of the gallery. The artist journey begins as you walk in and see this very prominent but non-busy sign:
I met Director and Jonathan Watkins, a busy man who’s passion for Ikon was evident from the start along with Kate Self who is the essentially their Educational Officer (although it’s technically Ikon Youth Programme (IYP)).Tags: Ask A Curator, Culture, curator, Interview, museums
August 10th, 2011Culture
A few weeks ago, during one of my many Tweets about AskACurator one tweet led to another and I was soon making arrangements to go to Birmingham Art Gallery. After another few emails and tweets, it was narrowed down to me meeting the Fine Art’s Curator Victoria Osborne.
I was told that Victoria had a few questions ready for our meeting. Upon meeting Victoria, she also explained that she had read my blog on the French AskACurator (here, here and here). Victoria was clearly well prepared. But unfortunately for her, she soon found out I don’t really work that way.
We started with a few general questions which I was hoping led to the right Ask A Curator question – and I wasn’t disappointed. My journey with these interviews has been fascinating as each one is different so no template can be used.
Victoria has been at Birmingham Art Gallery for ten years. She is clearly very knowledgeable which was evident from our conversation. We agreed the best approach for this interview would be for Victoria to speak for herself as role of Fine Arts Curator, and not representing all of BMAG as their collections are numerous and diverse.Tags: Ask A Curator, Culture, curator, Interview, museums
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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