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How can museums increase accessibility for neurodiverse audiences?

Working to make museums accessible to a bigger, broader and more varied audience is something that we can all agree on. But as we are...

Health & Wellbeing

How can museums increase accessibility for dyslexic visitors?

With a mission to educate, inform and entertain, museums play fundamental roles in sparking interest and inspiring visitors of all ages, backgrounds and neurocognitive function....

Health & Wellbeing

How museums are offering meditation and mindfulness sessions

The popularity of mindfulness and meditation have grown exponentially in recent years. Whether it’s our unfathomably busy schedules that are piling on the pressure or...

Digital

Digitisation in discussion: Perception Codes in conversation with UNESCO Bangkok

Augmented reality (AR) specialists, Perception Codes have made great strides in the museum space in 2021. In July, it was announced that the launch of...

Health & Wellbeing

How museums can remove barriers to access for blind and partially sighted people

We tend to think of museums and galleries as visual spaces, but it’s important to remember that a visit to a museum can be just...

Learning

How museums have taken advantage of the boom in online tutorials

If you have ever painted a happy little tree (or two, as everyone needs a friend) along with Bob Ross, then online tutorials may have...

Leadership

The people behind museums: Ngaire Blankenberg, Director, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

My strategy here, my vision for a more global and distributed museum, is that we provide experiences for people all over the world Ngaire Blankenberg...

Health & Wellbeing

What social prescribing can do for museums

With COVID-19 turning society on its head for the past two years, we’re all more familiar with the concept and consequences of social isolation. We...

Health & Wellbeing

Combatting burnout in the museum sector

The term “burnout” isn’t a new one but it certainly feels like it’s a word that’s been on everyone’s lips for the last 12 months....

Health & Wellbeing

How museums can help to develop self-confidence

How are cultural institutions able to make visitors feel better about themselves? The benefits of visiting a museum or gallery, be it in person or...

Health & Wellbeing

In conversation with: Louise Thompson, Health and Wellbeing Manager, Manchester Art Gallery

“I’m a bit of a health and wellbeing nerd and I’m in my dream job, so I just love exploring how we can make museums...

Health & Wellbeing

In conversation with: Sander Daams, Head of Education, Groninger Museum

How can museums support highly stressed and sometimes traumatised individuals to improve their mental health, reduce isolation and develop their skillset in the process?  That’s...

Health & Wellbeing

The role of museums in supporting the wellbeing of children and families

When we consider the modern lifestyle there often seems to be a distinct lack of good old-fashioned, wholesome fun to be found. Although advances in...

Health & Wellbeing

How can museums improve their staff wellbeing?

In any workplace, staff wellbeing plays a vital role in ensuring that the environment is healthy, harmonious and productive. Without a valued team that pulls...

Health & Wellbeing

The importance of Mental Health First Aid in museums

The provision of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is growing as a trend across many industry sectors around world. Yet capitalising on its popularity isn’t...

Health & Wellbeing

What are Mindful Museums and how can they help us with our mental health?

Mindfulness is a bit of a buzzword recently. This is because there are many studies that say it has a positive impact on health and...

Trends

2022 in new museum openings, re-openings and partial re-openings

It’s always good to have something to look forward to at the beginning of a new year and in 2022 there are plenty of museum...

Design

Designing an exhibition: These 5 tips should be your mantra

Exhibition making is a creative process and as such, there are thankfully no absolute rules as to what can make a project soar or slump....

Digital

Can digital technology help us to learn to look slowly?

Slow Art Day has now been running for more than a decade. This international event encourages museum visitors to try slow looking – spending 10...

Digital

What is Telegram and how can museums benefit from its reach?

In August this year the messaging app Telegram reached one billion downloads making it the it the 15th app in the world to have hit...

Marketing

6 of the weirdest (and most wonderful) museum marketing campaigns you’ll ever see

Art is known for pushing the boundaries in a number of different ways. But what happens when museums carry this mindset over into their marketing...

Digital Fundraising

How can museums harness the power of Patreon?

In the past eight years the Patreon platform has racked up more than 200,000 creators supported by more than six million patrons with creators earning more than $2billion....

Marketing

How Arts Organisations Are Leveraging TikTok

Many of the world’s big cultural institutions and arts groups have had to learn how to adapt to the much-altered world since the global health...

Marketing

How Museums Can Work With Social Media Influencers

You may associate social media influencers with bikini-clad Instagram models posing with detox tea and encouraging you to use their promo code. How on earth...