@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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    February 9th, 2012mardixonCulture

    Jackfield Tile Museum is one of ten museums that make up the Ironbridge Gorge Museum trust.  While you may roll your eyes at the thought of going to a tile museum, it is our favorite museum out of the ten.  The museum is set on the site of a working tile factor.  The exhibitions are set up to include a scene of fairy tale tiles that were preserved from a  1930s hospital that was going to be demolished, an Edwardian Tube Station, a pub, butchers, typical 1930s front room and the original office, including the large accountant and order books used to ensure all orders were filled.  This is next to the show room, where they would sell their products via prime examples of the complex tiles created.

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    February 2nd, 2012mardixonCulture

    Much Wenlock Museum (Shropshire) is set to reopen on February 7th but I’ve the honour of a preview to see the progress that has been made since it closed almost a year ago for renovations.  Much Wenlock is a small town (whatever you do, don’t call it a village!) that was thrown into the spotlight when the organizers of the 2012 Olympics named one of the mascots Wenlock after the towns association with being responsible for bringing back the Modern day Olympics (see more information here). Read the rest of this entry »

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    December 30th, 2011mardixonCulture

    Ashmolean Museum‘s history is as interesting as the items and artifacts it holds. It lays claim to Britain’s First Museum and was named after Elias Ashmole, an aficionado of antiquities who studied at the University of Oxford while posted to the military

    The collection began modestly in the 1620s with a handful of portraits and curiosities displayed in a small room on the upper floor. In 1636 and 1657, Archbishop Laud and Ralph Freke added notable collections of coins and medals, later installed in a strong room of their own and now incorporated into the Ashmolean coin collection.

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    September 12th, 2011mardixonCulture, Literacy

    After reading @samatlounge  EveryThink: What do you think, Sam Missingham? I started to think about where I see the trend of social media heading.  It seems that, even two years ago, social media was still labelled a kid’s gadget.  You know the stereotype I’m talking about – only ‘kids’ are on Facebook, and only kids were ever on MySpace.

    However, it now seems, slowly but surely, different industries are starting to remove their blinders and recognize they need social media now more than ever.  However, I’ve also been watching how many go in heavy handed relying strictly on their brand name.

    This doesn’t work – especially not on Twitter. Yes you will get the followers flocking like the little birds to a new tree but unless you give us a reason to stay, we will leave.  And when we leave, we will find another tree that meets our needs.

    Consumers have a clear idea of what they want from companies (whether it be book, cultural, IT or fabric industry and everything in between) but companies do not always provide the information desired.  They provide what THEY feel consumers want.

    For me, this is why there is a clear need for a Social Media Strategy regardless of the size of your company or brand.  The big names I have seen flying wingless in the wind have been the ones that clearly do not have a strategy.  They look at social media as something everyone can do – which as Sam pointed out, is not always the case.

    The strategy does not need to be a complicated document but there needs to be guidelines for those you allow to represent your brand.

    Bottom line:  Social media strategy is the puzzle piece that will differentiate those who survive long term and those who don’t.

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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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