The Sunday Supplement 30/03/2014

Sunday Supplement (2)Hello! And welcome to this bumper edition of ‘The Sunday Supplement.’ There was no Saturday/Sunday Supplement last week as I was in England for work/research/fun. I hope you enjoy reading this BUT seeing as it is Mothering Sunday it would be best to read this after you have given your mum her present or cooked her dinner. After all no one likes a disappointed mum!

U.K. & Ireland

  • This week has been #MuseumWeek on Twitter! Each day there will be a new theme and new hash tag to follow. Monday was #MuseumMastermind – museums asking questions about their collections. Tuesday was #MuseumMemories – people tweeting museums about their memories of the museums. Saturday saw the return of the ever popular #MuseumSelfie day- where people tweet pics of themselves in museums! For a full round up of the weeks happenings check out this link:
  • The BBC are launching their new Arts strategy during the ‘Museums At Night Festival 2014’ on May 15th – 17th.The BBC shall cover the festival in an hour long programme on May 17th on BBC2. There shall be also coverage on Radio, The One Show and other media outlets.
  • The National Railway Museum of York announces cuts to it’s world class ‘Search Engine’ Railway archive & library.
  • Edinburgh’s Museum of Childhood is to get a £2.5 million revamp.
  • Archaeological finds are ‘dumped’ in warehouses throughout Ireland. Unsorted and not conserved, these artefacts could be dumped or even worse deteriorate. More info here:
  • Call for papers for the annual IMA ‘Education & Outreach forum on 27th June in Dublin. Deadline Monday 5th May.
  • The Women’s Library re-opens in the London School of Economics (LSE) after being re-located from the London Metropolitan University. Personally, I think, the original building housing the collection was better than it’s new location!

Europe & International

  • ICOM (International Council of Museums) have launched ‘The ICOM International Training Centre for Museum Studies,’ in Beijing, China. The aim of the training centre is to bring together international museum professionals to train them in modern museum practice and for them to collaborate with fellow museum professionals.
  • A new exhibition in Stockholm, lets visitors virtually ‘unwrap’ a mummy! Not for the faint hearted!
  • Paul Orselli at Exhibition Tricks blog talks about using ‘Charettes’ as a creative tool. ‘Charettes’ i.e. Chariots or Groups of people (often from outside the Museum sector) come together to brainstorm a fixed idea (exhibition, event, display etc.) and create a new and different approach to the fixed idea.
  • Jamie Glavic, of the blog ‘Museum Minute,’ has wrote about her experience of ‘Hacking the Museum’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC or ‘The Met.’ The ‘Hacking the Museum’ tour is a new and fun way to tour a museum. You meet with random strangers and are led around the exhibits and are asked to interact with them. From posing like Rodin statues to see how Rodin felt like whilst sculpting to being asked what you would steal from an art gallery! More info here:

Happy Reading!

P.S. Thanks to the Museums Association N.I. Rep for some of the U.K. &Ireland news.


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