@MarDixon Passionate about culture. Champion for the next generation of Cultural visitors. Defender of Libraries. Digital, Wearable Tech Enthusiast. Sharing knowledge. Troublemaker and/or advocate, depending on what you need.
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    December 26th, 2013mardixonCulture, International

    I asked this question on Twitter as I read the Museum of London recently ‘retired’ (read that as got rid of) their Story curator after 20 years.  This got me thinking:

    Is having the object more important than telling the story?

    For me, I don’t expect to go to many museums/galleries and understand everything that is in front of me.  I tend to scan a room, see what object was the one that grabbed my attention and go to it.  However when I with someone that has a bit of knowledge then my experience is usually quite different.

    Either way, the objects and paintings that have really good stories are the ones that tend to stay with me the longest (and are the ones I share the most).

    twitterThe following are some of the responses I received on Twitter:

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    April 8th, 2013mardixonCulture, International

    IMG_8467Going behind the scenes at any museum or art gallery is amazing, but when the museum is a Natinal and International treasure, it’s even more amazing!

    Yesterday, I was invited to do just that at the American History Museum Tweetup that took place as part of #musesocial discussion online (Twitter).

    Ten of us were privileged to this experience this week and I can honestly say it was a day I will never forget.

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    May 8th, 2012mardixonCulture

    House of Beasts is a fun, playful, quirky and very well-thought out family friendly contemporary art exhibition funded by Meadow Arts set in the gorgeous Attingham Park, National Trust site.

    I’ve been to see the exhibition once before and although I was armed with my very informative House of Beasts booklet on that visit, this time, we had Meadow Arts curator Mandy Fowler to guide us through the exhibition.

    Our tour and interview with the curator, which you can see here, allowed us to get behind the thought process that went behind this unique exhibition.

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    August 17th, 2011mardixonCulture

    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)).

    After explaining the many hats and angles this interview was going to take (blog, AskACurator.com, Kids in Museums), I quickly got into the questions as I knew time was precious for both.

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    August 10th, 2011mardixonCulture

    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 (herehere 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.

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