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
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
Bringing #ScottishMuseumsDay back for its 2nd year. Preparing for 2017 How do you repeat past successes? Do you go bigger? Do you go smaller? Or do you try and replicate what you had done previously? In 2016, I oversaw the first #ScottishMuseumsDay. October 3rd was picked as the date, which had absolutely nothing to do … Continue reading Scottish Museums Day – The Difficult Second Album
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
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!
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
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
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