#MWXX – my Top 12. A wrap up

Originally posted on Museums and the Digital:
#winteriscoming @labreatarpits I seem to have a theme for reporting back from conferences – a Top 12! Having attended the recent twentieth Museum and the Web Conference in LA and coming back full of ideas and inspiration here’s the Top 12 picks that I will report on at today’s…

Museums on Instagram

Every “museum to follow on Instagram” list is the same. So I’ve made one.

A to Z of the Human Condition: N is for Natural Curiosity

Originally posted on Wellcome Collection Blog:
We invited you, as fellow experts on the #HumanCondition, to add your own idiosyncrasies to our current exhibition by submitting photographs on Instagram for a few of the themes explored in the gallery. As a thank you for your wonderful pictures, this series explores those themes and finds out the…

11 Questions to a Museum Blogger

It’s been a great digital couple of weeks for museums: last week we had #MuseumBlogs where the variety and quality of museum bloggers was celebrated and we got to big up each other and our blogs; and this week we can all enjoy seven days of concentrated museum love for Twitter’s #MuseumWeek. Since today is all about…

Taxidermy Films

Last month the Horniman Museum and Gardens held their Taxidermy Late event. This celebration of the art of breathing life into death, by turns hugely fashionable and devastatingly unpopular historically, captured both the public’s imagination as well as the spirit of the craft. Featuring tours of the specimens by the Keeper of Natural History, the…

BIOBLITZ: NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS REVIEW 4

It’s taken me an inexcusable amount of time to get back to my blog and finish the Bioblitz series. I realise no one was waiting with bated breath to read about it, especially since it has all been shared in other places but I’m glad to finally be able to sit down and get it…

GEOBLITZ: NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS REVIEW 3

In addition to the biological material in the Horniman’s natural science collections, we also have geological material. In fact, over half of the collection is fossils. In one of my recent posts, I told you about the Bioblitz reviews we’ve been doing at work; in this post I will share the geological review process. We used…

Powell-Cotton: A Visit

If you have already visited or even heard of the the Powell-Cotton Museum, you’re a lucky person. If you haven’t done either, I hope to introduce you to one of the most interesting museums I’ve ever visited with a globally important natural history collection and a display waiting to blow your proverbials off. I mean…

Guest Collection Reviews

The project I am working on is all about discovering exactly what’s in our collection. Seeing how each specimen measures up against the criteria we have chosen to assess significance; celebrating the star objects; deciding how to tackle those that may be better suited elsewhere; figuring out the most appropriate and innovative uses of the…

Bioblitz: Natural History Collections Review 1

It’s been a busy few months. Since my last blog post at the end of my first month at the Horniman, I’ve been working with Jo, the Keeper of Natural History, to finalise the Bioblitz Review method and otherwise prepare for the Bioblitz Reviews themselves. Then we actually blitzed. Without duplicating information already out there…

Horniman: My First Month

It’s been a long time since my last post but I’ve been waiting to settle into London life again; with a new flat and a new job to get to grips with, I didn’t have much time for writing. Now that the first month is by, I have plenty to show and tell. My first…