Design / Play / Disrupt

Outside of museums, my personal interest is quite simple. I enjoy LEGO and I enjoy videogames. I was raised on Nintendo growing up with NES, SNES, N64 and when I was old enough, buying a Gamecube, Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo Switch. I've also owned Gameboys, DS', 3DS', Playstations and Xbox's. I would describe myself … Continue reading Design / Play / Disrupt

On Museum Studies

I feel like I've been working on this blog for ages.  Initially I put a tweet out (in July! Jesus!) asking about museum studies courses, for my own interest, as I was, at the time contemplating future career moves. https://twitter.com/davidmuseums/status/884849778408009728 The responses I got were varied to say the least. Some people had undertaken a … Continue reading On Museum Studies

A Wild Museum Appears!

St. Cecilia's, or St. Cecilia's Hall: Concert Room and Musical Museum, to give it its full name opened last week in Edinburgh. Rarely does a new museum open, north of the border so it was nice to go along and check out the newest kid in town. Edinburgh, like London is very fortunate to have … Continue reading A Wild Museum Appears!

Transformers – Museums in Disguise

I put in an application for Museums Association Transformers Programme at the start of March, as a colleague suggested it'd be "the tonic and catalyst I desired". Fast forward to the start of April and I'd been accepted onto the #MATransformers. Transformers, for those who don't know, is a professional development programme run by the … Continue reading Transformers – Museums in Disguise

A Day in London Museums

I’ll put up my hands and say it. I love museums. I just love going to them. Love seeing what’s on display. Love admiring the works of art, seeing the objects and reading the stories. Wherever I go, and much to the dismay of others, I have to go to a Museum. My day out … Continue reading A Day in London Museums

Advocacy in Museums – Museums Association Conference 2016

On Tuesday 9th of November, I gave a talk about using social media as a tool for advocacy at the Museums Association conference in Glasgow. At Surgeons’ Hall Museums I use our social media channels to engage with our users about our collections. Our museum has gone from a perceived private museum to one that … Continue reading Advocacy in Museums – Museums Association Conference 2016

Scottish Museums Day

This blog was written by myself, reflecting on the success of Scottish Museums Day at the start of October. It was originally published on the Scottish Museums Federation blog page on the 11th October 2016.  On a January morning, earlier this year, I stumbled across the hashtag #CanadianMuseumsDay. That sounds fantastic I thought. Why can't we have … Continue reading Scottish Museums Day

Edinburgh’s Dark History: Burke and Hare

I originally wrote this post for the National Museum of Scotland's blog in November 2015. You can read about the Arthur's Seat Coffins, and Five Unsolved Mysteries at NMS here.  William Burke was executed on January 28 1829. As punishment for his crimes he was publicly dissected by the anatomist Professor Alexander Monro (tertius) at the University of Edinburgh. … Continue reading Edinburgh’s Dark History: Burke and Hare