North Coast 500 – Part I

This blog also appeared on 9to5Adv, a blog site dedicated to adventuring away from the 9 to 5 routine.  The NC500 has been described as the ultimate road trip. 500 and a bit miles around Scotland, starting in Inverness, and depending on what way you go working your way up the east coast, across the … Continue reading North Coast 500 – Part I

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

​Good Social (Media) Practice

In November 2017, Museums Galleries Scotland asked me to deliver a talk at the Nationally Significant Collections Meeting on using social media at Surgeons' Hall Museums. The following blog post is an amended transcript of the talk I delivered. Surgeons' Hall Museums, for those of you who don't know has been open to the public since 1832 … Continue reading ​Good Social (Media) Practice

SoapBox – A Transformers Podcast

In 2017 as part of Festival of Change, I put forward a proposal to interview different museum and heritage professionals at the Museums Association conference in Manchester and record them for a podcast. This was done as part of the Museums Association Transformers Influence programme. With the proposal, I aimed to source content from my … Continue reading SoapBox – A Transformers Podcast

Working Collaboratively in the Heritage Sector

When myself and my colleague, Julianne, set out to share best practice for social media in heritage, we had no idea how popular it would be. I work at Surgeons’ Hall Museums in Edinburgh and have been managing the social media accounts for the Museums since their inception. Similarly, Julianne has been working with Dig It! … Continue reading Working Collaboratively in the Heritage Sector

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

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