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An R Factor for post-pandemic museums

We have heard about it for days, weeks and months on end. It has been the yardstick of success and the reason for concerns that...

What’s the purpose of your Museum?

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie was in Argentina learning to play Polo, when a chance encounter changed his life. A conversation in a bar introduced him...

Hitting Chinese sweet spots: from cultural delivery to romantic “time travel” 

How to appeal to the young crowd? In Europe, museums are very experienced in creating night adventures, silent discos and more for local youngsters. However,...

How can Museums and adapting to change?

In the town of Enterprise, Alabama stands an unusual monument, a statue of a woman holding a pedestal high above her head and in it...

A Museum Bestiary

As Museum professionals, we have an existential choice to make about who and what we want to be. In today’s climate of social activism, one...

What can Museums teach us about diversity?

Representation is a delicate subject and cultural institutions must work hard to ensure a range of voices are heard. Diversity is a very loaded word,...

19 Steps: Planning for Extended Covid-19 Close Down

So, your museum is closed. Your employees, like your visitors, are sheltering in place. You have heard some great success stories of museums having an...

STEM Exhibitions for Beginners

If, like me, you don’t know your atoms from your electrons, being asked to create a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) exhibition can seem...

How to get an emotional response from museum goers

If art and culture is all about connecting with an audience, then what can museums do to cement this relationship? Is it a case of...

Francis Bacon for Breakfast: are museum hotels the way forward?

Melting alarm clocks? A mini fridge of Campbell’s soup cans? What really goes into a museum hotel? Museums are constantly looking for new ways to...

How to Deal with Bad Museum Managers?

Almost anyone who has been working in museums for any length of time will have stories about bad managers. They are nearly impossible to avoid...

How Can Museum Workers Feel Less Stressed?

Stress is an inescapable part of life. Nowhere is this more true than on the job and that goes for Museum Workers too. The pressure...

8 Ways Museum Leaders Can Avoid Micromanaging

One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a museum leader is to micromanage your team. It makes your employees feel like you don’t...

Can Flatter Organisational Structures Work for Museums?

Most museums have a hierarchical management structure, just like the majority of private enterprises, big publicly listed corporations and government departments. Hierarchies in museums one...

Developing wayfinding systems in museums

How often do you end up lost in a museum? To some, stumbling across a treasure trove of unexpected artefacts sounds like a dream come...

The Museum Workers’ Guide to Buying a Dalek

In 2018 Drone Dalek No. 4 arrived at Sudbury Hall in Derbyshire. The Dalek was to become part of the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood...

In Conversation with Michael John Gorman

Founding Director of BIOTOPIA, Michael John Gorman was our opening keynote for MuseumNext Sydney in April 2019. We caught up with him on his impressive...

In Conversation with Scott Stulen, Director of the Philbrook Museum of Art

One of the wonderful things about running MuseumNext is that I get to know extraordinary people who I’d never normally get to meet. Scott Stulen...

In conversation with Gretchen Wilson-Prangley

We’re excited to be joined at MuseumNext London 2018 by Gretchen Wilson-Prangley, the founder and CEO of Play Africa the first “children’s museum” in South Africa. We...

Designing Museums for indigenous collections at the National Gallery of Canada

Junia Jorgji is the Chief of Design at the National Gallery of Canada. We caught up with her recently about her work redisplaying the national collection of...

In Conversation with Konrad Ng

Konrad Ng, the Executive Director of Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design recently spoke at MuseumNext Australia. Konrad is doing some incredible...

Talking Museums and Neuroscience with Tedi Asher

Tedi Asher made headlines earlier this year when she took the role of Neuroscientist in residence at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salam, Massachusetts. This...

Prototypologies – Prototyping Museum Interactives

According to lore, Inuit cultures have over 50 words for snow. While that legendary factoid conjures images of imperialistic anthropologists in khaki, we understand the...

The cost of internships to the Museum sector

Last month an email popped up in my inbox via an industry mailing list: ‘I am recruiting an intern to lead on building and populating...