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

Twitter for Museum Professionals

This blog is an edited transcript from a talk I gave at the Museums Association: Moving on Up Conference, held in February at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  A Twitter account for a museum is, in my eyes an unofficial membership list, where fans of your museum follow you and engage with you. It … Continue reading Twitter for Museum Professionals

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