@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 16th, 2018mardixonCulture, International, Personal

    During #AskACurator 2018 I tried to capture some of the different conversations.  This is more for me than for anyone to think this is an overall statement of the day (because I am not the one that can or will ever capture everything!)

    Highlights: 

    Museums talking to each – Australia and New Zealand really set the tone for 2018 as there weren’t a lot of questions at first so they took the bull by the horns and starting asking questions amongst themselves – then the public got involved and next thing you know it’s trending 2nd in all of Australia.

    First Tweet from @MOTAT_NZ 9:13pm 11-09-2018

     

    By the time I jumped back Russia and Europe were in full swing (not so much UK at that point) and the tone remain positive, light, inquisitive, fun, interesting and most importantly educational.

    Questions:

    I usually try to ask a few general questions to get things going.  This year they were mostly ignored which to me is AMAZING because that meant there were so many other questions being asked mine weren’t needed!

    https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/1039646722090303488

    What do you Wear?

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    September 2nd, 2018mardixonCulture, International

    On August 22, @CultureThemes ran #MusMeme for the monthly hashtag.  As I often talk about, finding a hashtag once a month isn’t always easy and there is a balance of finding a hashtag that works with the public and culture venues alike.  For August, I usually try to find a hashtag that will be quirky-ish but light as September is always busy with #AskACurator Day (September 12th 2018)…. did I get that one wrong!

    All I put was:

    Our next CultureThemes is going to be #MusMeme – a day to share memes all about museums, galleries, art, collections, etc. on August 22!

    The general idea is to let the public and museums have a bit of creative license and fun with collections.

    Simple, right? If people got involved, great! If not, that was ok to!

    They got involved.  A LOT.  By 11am it was trending in the UK and pretty much stayed there all day almost into the evening. This screenshot is from 2.30pm

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    June 1st, 2018mardixonCulture, International, Tech

    Lately I’ve been busy talking at conferences about social media and running workshops on the same. Why? Because I think many places have now started to realize giving marketing departments or people full time control over social media wasn’t, in many cases, the best move.

    The most important aspect of social media – no matter what subject – is to be social. Constantly telling people of events and not responding to them, or, perish the thought, actually reaching out to people who are tagging you is all one way, and it gets old. Let’s be honest, there is a lot of content out there that people can be sharing, it’s a buyers’ market for the social media user and we should therefore treat those who do tag us with enough respect to acknowledge them or at least some of them (ok for those who get 1000s of tags it might be hard, but one or two responses a day isn’t difficult). It’s another aspect of customer service, we wouldn’t totally ignore someone who came up to the counter, or visitor information desk would we? Yet we think its ok for those who reach out to us on Social media to be ignored. Read the rest of this entry »

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    May 6th, 2018mardixonCulture, International

    Recently, I seen a post about Murder at the Mütter® from Gillian Ladley Media & Marketing Manager @CollegeofPhys, home of @MutterMuseum pointing to an Instagram Story.  As someone who loves Mütter Museum I was really intrigued.  How could an Instagram Story be integrated in a fun, unique way, participatory way? I clicked on the link and was truly blown away so contacted Gillian and asked her for a bit more information to be able to share.

    Guest Blog Gillian Ladley:

    Murder at the Mütter® (it’s a registered trademark) is an event that we have hosted since 2011. Every year the “Murder team” create a new scenario, collaborating with scientists to include tasks that involve real crime scene and forensic analysis. Tickets to the event are very limited and sell out in minutes, so every year we have discussions about how to expand the reach and impact of the event and all the work that goes into it. We’ve talked about video, web content, digital exhibits etc… but like many nonprofits, struggle to get the time and resources to make something happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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    April 18th, 2018mardixonCulture, Personal

    Back in December, I was looking at loads of things: my 2018 schedule, the museum sector, London, etc etc.  I noticed the museum sector was looking a bit – well there are a lot of changes happening (some for the good, some not so good) and wanted to inject some energy back into the sector.  So I took to social media:

    I decided to run a #MuseumMarathon – where anyone who signed up would walk to 26+ museums on the day to raise money for charity.  I didn’t know what museums or what charity but shared the idea anyway.  There was over 70 people who showed interest that week!

    Within a few weeks (ok maybe it was February?) things started to take a bit more shape.  Original charities such as raising money for Gay Pride and Arts Emergency (both great causes) were put aside for Autism in Museums – it’s not a charity but a very worth cause! (For the record, Gay Pride would be to raise money for museum people walking in the parade but found out that is sorted.) Read the rest of this entry »

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    February 26th, 2018mardixonCulture, Personal

    If you haven’t heard there will be another #MuseumMarathon in London on April 15th 2018.  We will be raising funds for Autism in Museum run by Claire Madge.  Here she explains why – and if you’d like to donate please see our Go Fund Me Page

    It was back in the mists of time, 2013 to be exact, I had barely gotten sucked into the museum world when I took part in the first Museum Marathon. I met Mar Dixon for the first time, along with a lot of other museum devotees.

    We walked to 26 London museums in one day, many of those museums I never even knew existed and we raised money for Guide Dogs for the Blind a charity chosen by the organiser David Mentiply. It was a tiring, fun filled, sore footed day and luckily for all you who missed out the first time we are going to do it all over again! 

    On the 15th April 2018 we will be visiting another 26-31 museums in one day (shout out to Mikaela Webb for working on the map!). Mar has decided to raise money for Autism in Museums which is fantastic. But since I am not actually a charity this has raised a few problems. After much careful thought and consideration any money raised will purchase sensory equipment that museums can apply for to either supplement their existing autism offer or support a more inclusive approach to welcoming autistic visitors. The money will also go towards supporting work experience placements for young autistic adults in museums.

    I will be putting together a panel of young autistic people aged 18-25 who will help decide how the money should be spent and where. I hope this will foster some long-lasting relationships between the autism community and the museum community.

    For those who know me this is a very important issue to my family. I have two autistic children and we visited museums for the first time because of the supportive autism programmes they run. I wrote a blog about our first visit to the Science Museum Early Birds Autism event – you can read it here, I hope it shows why autism in museums is so vital.

    Museum Marathon is going to be a great opportunity to meet new people, reacquaint yourself with old friends, visit a whole load of museums and have a truly amazing (tiring) day. If you are museum obsessed then this is the ultimate experience for you. If you do want to raise money for Autism in Museums please see the link Mar has set up, if you just want to join us on the day please don’t feel you have to donate money to be a part of Museum Marathon.

    I have spent the last five years working really hard to raise awareness of Autism in Museums because I can see the difference it makes to families who often feel isolated. I will be writing a series of blogs about how to apply for sensory equipment and how the money will be spent. If you are interested in getting involved in any way please get in touch with Mar or you can email me at TinctureofMuseum@gmail.com

     Thank you so much and see you on the 15th!!!!

     Claire Madge, Tincture of Museum

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    January 2nd, 2018mardixonCulture, International

    Thank you to everyone who took part, followed, liked, and got involved with @52Museums on Instagram and Twitter in 2017.  It grew bigger than anyone could have expected.  The report for 2017 can be found here.

    You can find more information about what it is and how it works here.

    The 2018 schedule (and yes this is draft as changes throughout the year does happen):

    Please note: if you would like to be on the waiting list, please sign up here.

     

    January Country Museum Name Instagram Type of Museum
    1-7 USA Better World Museum betterworldmuseum social action, edible garden, creative tech
    8-14 Canada Mackin House Museum @coquitlam_heritage Historis Edwardian House
    USA Georgia’s Old Governor’s Mansion @GA_OGM Historic House
    15-21 UK Horniman Museum and Gardens https://www.instagram.com/hornimanmuseumgardens/ Natural World, Anthropology, Musical Instruments
    22-28 USA The Children’s Museum of Evansville @cmoekids Children’s Museum
    29-4 Germany Jüdisches Museum FFM @jmfrankfurt Jewish museum
    February
    5-11 Spain Museu de la Música de Barcelona https://www.instagram.com/museumusicabcn/ Music Museum
    USA New Orleans Jazz Museum @nolajazzmuseum History / Music Museum
    12-18 Canada McMaster Museum of Art macmuseum Art
    19-25 Israel Yad Vashem yadvashem The World Holocaust Remembrance Center
    26-4 England Royal College of Nursing Library and Archives Rcnlibraries history of nursing library, heritage Centre and archive
    March
    5-11 Germany Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen @k_sammlungnrw Modern and contemporary art
    12-18 Poland Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow MOCAK @mocak_krakow Contemporary Art
    19-25 UK Victoria and Albert Museum https://www.instagram.com/vamuseum/ Art and Design Museum
    26-1 USA Baseball Hall of Fame @baseballhall Sports Museum
    April
    2-8 Catalonia, Spain Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya museunacional ART
    9-15 Sweden IKEA Museum ikeamuseum Design/Entrepreneurship/History
    16-22 Argentina Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires @modernoba Art Museum
    23-29 USA Chemical Heritage Foundation @chemheritage History of Science
    Catalonia, Spain National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia – Museu Nacional de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya @mnactec Science and Technology
    May
    1-6 Germany Städel Museum staedelmuseum art
    Germany Marta Herford https://www.instagram.com/martaherford/ Contemporary art, design and architecture
    7-13 Belgium DIVA. Home of Diamonds @divaantwerp Diamond, jewelry & gold- and silversmithing museum
    14-20 UK Brooklands Museum brooklandsmuseum Motorsport and Aviation
    NZ MOTAT https://www.instagram.com/motatnz/ Transport & Technology
    21-27 UK Bronte Parsonage Museum @bronteparsonagemuseum Literary house with contemporary art programme
    28-3 USA Philbrook Museum of Art philbrookmuseum Art
    June
    4-10 USA Cincinnati Museum Center @cincymuseum History, Science, Children’s Museum
    11-17 UK Fulham Palace @fulhampalace Historic house and botanical garden
    18-24 Denmark Storm P. Museet @stormpmuseet Art Museum
    25-1 Sweden National Museums of World Culture, Sweden @etnografiska, @medelhavsmuseet, @ostasiatiska, @varldskulturmuseet enthographic
    July
    2-8 USA National Museum of American Jewish History @AmericanJewishMuseum History
    Israel The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot https://www.instagram.com/beithatfutsot/ Ethnographic
    9-15 Germany Nazi Forced Labor Documentation Centre @doku.ns_zwangsarbeit historic place and history museum
    16-22 Poland Museum of Art in Łódź https://www.instagram.com/muzeumsztuki/ Modern Art
    23-29 Canada Royal BC Museum royalbcmuseum Natural and human history
    August
    20-5 Scotland Surgeons’ Hall Museums @surgeonshall Anatomy and Medical
    6-12 USA Walker Art Center walkerartcenter Art Museum
    13-19 Catalonia, Spain National Museum of Science and Technology of Catalonia – Museu Nacional de la Ciència i de la Tècnica de Catalunya @mnactec Science and Technology
    20-26 USA The Fabric Workshop and Museum fabricworkshop Contemporary
    27-2 USA NC Museum of History @ncmuseumhistory History
    Canada Canadian Museum of History @CanMusHistory History
    September
    3-9 Switzerland Museum Tinguely Basel museumtinguely Art
    10-16 USA Wilbur D. May Museum @renomaycenter Ethnographic/biographical
    17-23 Germany Historische Museen Hamburg histmuseenhh Historic Museums Hamburg
    24-30 Canada Secrets of Radar Museum secretsofradarmuseum History
    October
    1-7
    8-14 Scotland Dubdee V&A
    15-21 Australia Bundanon Trust @bundanontrust Nationally significant Bundanon Trust collection features works by the Boyd family presented in heritage Homestead and grounds.
    22-28 Australia Bendigo Art Gallery https://www.instagram.com/bendigoartgallery/ Art
    29-4 Spain Museu del Disseny de Barcelona museudeldisseny Design and Arts Decoratives Museum
    November
    5-11
    12-18
    19-25
    26-2
    December
    3-9
    10-16
    17-23 UK The National Gallery @national_gallery Art
    24-30

     

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    December 23rd, 2017mardixonCulture

    Surprisingly I recent hear that the Museum of Cambridge (UK) was going from a supported museum to a volunteer led museum (and all staff were let go right before Christmas…).  Having seen this for years in the library sector, and reading yet another article on Museum of Cambridge I decided to ask the following question on Facebook and Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/MarDixon/status/944200337921138688

    This brought a few conversations around the use of volunteers (which also relates to libraries), the responsibility of the council/government all the way to the future of museums.

    With Storify closing, I wanted to capture the conversations so here are the tweets:

    NB:  There were only 7 votes on Facebook – all saying it was a bad idea.

     

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    December 2nd, 2017mardixonCulture, International, Literacy

    In the market for books for children this Christmas season?  I’ve a few recommendations.  I’ve also reached out (via Twitter) and received some recommendations so it’s a variety of solutions!

    Just a friendly reminder that museum memberships for children is also a wonderful gift to receive!  Most if not all museums and galleries internationally have some for of yearly plan which are usually really inexpensive and provide newsletters and updates throughout the year along with discounts when you do visit the museums!

     

    The British Museum – Mummy!
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Hardback/cardboard
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Dig in and discover ancient Egypt!  Full of artefacts to spot and name, this friendly story uncovers all kinds of mummies – perfect ancient fun for little ones.

    Very colourful book with activities such as flap ups to look under and and ‘eye spy’ at to use throughout the book.

    The British Museum – 123
    Publisher Nosy Crow
    Hardback/cardboard
    Age: Pre-school
    Description: Discover amazing objects and simple first words in this brilliant country book for curious little ones.

    Very colourful book with a QR code for when the little ones want more information on the objects used in the book.  There is also an index at the back of the book.

    The Sixty-Eight Rooms – Marianne Malone
    Publisher: [Recommended by Seema Rao]
    Paperback
    Age: Children
    Description: [Taken from author’s website]
    Almost everybody who has grown up in Chicago knows about the Thorne Rooms. Housed deep within the Art Institute of Chicago, they are a collection of sixty-eight exquisite – almost eerily realistic miniature rooms. Each of the rooms is designed in the style of a different time and place, and every detail is perfect, from the knobs on the doors to the candles in the candlesticks. Some might even say the rooms are magical.

    Imagine… what if, on a field trip, you discovered a key that allowed you to shrink so that you were small enough to sneak inside and explore the rooms’ secrets? What if you discovered that others had done so before you? And that someone had left something important behind?

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    July 19th, 2017mardixonCulture, International, Personal, Tech

    Since the advent of the world wide web the planet has gone through immense changes, its transformed the way we communicate, read, buy our clothes, pay our bills, watch TV, purchase our food and find our news. No facet of our day to day lives has remained unchanged, this has been made more apparent in the last decade through the increase in portable tablets and smart phones. Not only now do we want information instantly we can have it wherever we are and via multiple sources.

    So how has this change in how people obtain knowledge and entertainment affected Museums? Well initially some might say not much. Many museums still have entrance fees, most still have exhibits and many have the same basic layout that they did since their conception – some since 1879. Does this matter? For some, who can weather the storm and guarantee good footfall and wealthy philanthropists, then no it doesn’t. For others, it matters greatly. Read the rest of this entry »

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