August 6th, 2013Culture
Saturday, 27th of July was a stepping stone for the new YAC (Young Archaeologist Club) branch at Ironbridge, Shropshire. A Young Archaeologists Club Taster Session was organised to celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology and to introduce the new Club to children aged between 8-17.
First of all, do we all know what YAC is? Who is YAC for? What does it represent? Well, just in case allow me to tell you a little bit more…
The Young Archaeologists’ Club is the only UK-wide club for young people up to the age of 17 interested in archaeology. YAC’s vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future.
The free YAC taster session was really all about inspiration, excitement, discovery and involvement. The activities were organised and supervised by our YAC team leaders and assistants. This is really a joyful team of professional archaeologists fond of education and involvement and, most importantly, the result of cooperation between museum staff and community archaeology volunteers.Tags: Archaeology, Guest Blog, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, YAC
Guest post from Laura Haapio-Kirk, community manager at sharypic.com, a collaborative photo sharing platform for events. Laura has an MSc in Visual Anthropology from Oxford University and is interested in museum experience.
Photography is increasingly central to our everyday experience of the world, both as a means to mark significant moments and to document aesthetic sights (or, in some cases, to share what we’re having for dinner). However, in a museum we are often uncertain of whether photography is allowed and there is debate on the issue amongst museum professionals, with many institutions still hesitant to give full permission because uncertainty over lender’s rights (this informal survey highlights the issue nicely).Tags: Guest Blog, museomix, Photos
Guest Blog: Belinda Li (@MuseumBee): Taking part in Cultural Olympiad with @StoriesofWorld & @UKArtsParl #teensinmuseums1August 7th, 2012Culture
I recently attended the Stories of the World in Arts in Parliament event which showcased the culminative work that has been worked on by young curators over the past few years as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
To say I was impressed in a huge understatement. The young curators showed their work with such pride – I was extremely privileged to have been invited to witness to this event.
One young curator I saw there was Belinda Li, whom I happen to meet while I was at MuseumNext this year. I asked her to write a guest blog to share the experience of what it was like to take part in Cultural Olympiad.Tags: Arts in Parliament, Cultural Olympiad, Guest Blog, Teens in Museums
June 17th, 2012Culture
I first heard of Art Tokens from Twitter and instantly knew I wanted to know more about them. Was it like National Book Tokens - the great scheme that allows you to buy a ‘gift certificate’ for book lovers?
I contacted them via Twitter and asked if they could do a Guest Blog to help enlighten myself and others on what ‘Art Tokens‘ were. Annie from Art Token accepted the invitation and the sent the following:
Art Tokens are ideal for locavores who are interested in art. Art Tokens let you give an art gift where the only taste you impose is that of your desire to support the arts. You buy Art Tokens, we send them, they choose a work that suits their preferences or décor. And as every artist has their location given, the lucky recipient of your Art Token gift can choose to go and meet an artist that lives near them and choose or commission a work.
Tags: art, art tokens, Guest Blog
I first heard of Guide Me Tours when I met up for a bit of Museum Hopping (as you do) with Clare from Intermezzo Arts. She explained how it was a win/win situation as museums didn’t pay a thing but turned a profit.
Pardon? Nothing is free without an asterisk.
But it’s truly a genuine business model that provides a free app to museums, galleries … any cultural venue and turns it into profit. While I had the day with Clare and had the opportunity to ask question after question (looking for the asterisk and loophole), I felt a Guest Blog for her to explain it would be best.
Tags: app, Guest Blog, Museum
May 15th, 2012Culture
The way that I found about the new Damien Hirst exhibition was about 4 weeks ago when I saw the Tate exhibition on a documentary. I already knew about him but this got me more interested in him.
On Saturday, my mom and I got to go to the exhibition – I was jumping for joy! The exhibition fills 14 rooms over one floor except for one special piece. When we went in there was a lot of people and the first thing I saw was the hair dryer pushing up the golf ball [What Goes Up Must Come Down, 1994]. But I didn’t care about that because I went right to Dead Head [With Dead Head, 1991] which is a picture of Damien with a dead head. Damien didn’t kill the man – I think the man donated his body to science but a lot of people still thought it was wrong. I didn’t. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: Damien Hirst, Guest Blog, review, Tate
2January 15th, 2012Literacy
I’ve been writing for a few years, and though my agent has had some success with my work, inevitably there have been obstacles, the most frustrating of which is the interminably long timeframes involved while you wait for the powers-that-be to pass judgement.
I’m naturally hardworking, relatively prolific and pretty ambitious too. I’ve always been absolutely determined to earn a living from my craft and I guess that got me thinking about self-publishing at the time when e-readers were first coming onto the market.Tags: Digital publishing, ebook, Guest Blog
October 26th, 2011Culture
Guest blog by Peter Davies, Cultural Policy Advisor on Big Society, Private vs Public Sector and where he sees it going.
Despite what some people and commentators may say, the museum sector as a whole is relatively resilient, as a sector it has survived largely unscathed and unchanged through several recessions, world wars and political swings. In fact, it is fair to say that the museum sector has been one of the more steady sectors, at least in the UK, over the last century or so.
Maintaining this status quo of core values and beliefs that form the museum sector has long been the heart and soul of our institutions, and this is pretty much summed up in the 1998 Museum Association’s definition of a ‘museum’:
Tags: Guest Blog, Libraries, museums, Secro-museum
Museums enable people to explore collections for inspiration, learning and enjoyment. They are institutions that collect, safeguard and make accessible artefacts and specimens, which they hold in trust for society
October 2nd, 2011CultureQR CODES AT ATTINGHAM PARKA Study of QR Code Use in Museum and Heritage InterpretationBy, Caitlin Calhoon
As a dissertation project for my MA in Archaeology for Screen Media at University of Bristol, I worked with Attingham Park, National Trust property in Shropshire, to incorporate QR code technology into their existing interpretation. Our goal was to explore how QR codes could fit into an established heritage institution such as the National Trust, as well as whether visitors would be willing and interested in using QR codes during their visit to the property. For the project I created ten short, 30 second YouTube videos and one Flickr album and linked them to the site using QR codes containing their web urls. The videos were short so visitors would continue to enjoy the actual property and the indoor videos were silent so as not to disrupt the other visitors. Additionally, visitors were invited to give feedback about the project by commenting on the YouTube videos or the Attingham Facebook page. We found that because not everyone has a smartphone, QR codes work best for extra information, but should not be relied on as a main source of interpretation. Rather than construct any complete picture of Attingham’s history, the Attingham QR code project is intended to add an extra level of engagement with the property for those who are capable of, and choose to, use it.Tags: Cultural, Guest Blog, museums, QR Code