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Museums as Activists

Are museums activists? Should they be activists? I would argue that museums have an opportunity to bring activism, however subtly, into their galleries. With the...

Opinion

A more guided visit – how to reopen museums and galleries safely

Museums and galleries in the UK will be able to open their doors to the public in July. But reopening will be conditional on their ability to...

Opinion

Museums Are More Than Buildings

Much has been written about the reopening of Museums after their closure as part of social distancing measures. It’s a joy to see our cultural...

Leadership

What’s Your Museums WHY?

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...

Ideas

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,...

Digital

Can Audio Tours survive social distancing?

As museums slowly start to reopen following their closure because of the Covid-19 pandemic, some things look very different. Face masks, plexiglass screens, timed entry...

Opinion

A Prime Director for the Natural History Museum?

Shock, outrage and incredulity best characterise the reaction by some in the museum Twitter community at the announcement of Doug Gurr as the new director...

Leadership

Boll Weevils, 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...

News

£2 million fund to support museums through the COVID-19 crisis announced

As the doors of Britain’s museums and galleries begin to open from today, Art Fund has announced that further funding and resources will be made...

News

Culture, coronavirus and the future of UK museums

As some UK museums prepare to reopen their doors, what does the future look like for cultural institutions in the immediate future? Recent reports have...

Leadership

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...

Digital

How to take an exhibition digital

Since the COVID pandemic began earlier this year, museums have been faced with major challenges: the vast majority have closed their doors, events have been...

Opinion

Plating the Museum

As we come to consider transmedia thinking as a possible way forward for the post COVID-19 museum, we have come to think of technology as...

Digital

How technology is bringing museums back to life

Over the past two decades, technology has cemented itself as one of the most important aspects of modern society. From where we stand today it’s...

Trends

Museums playing with China’s youth subcultures: from animal influencers to dancing relics

How do museums get cute, naughty and playful? Chinese museums have been tackling this question in hopes of appealing to the young audience. Museums in...

Social Impact

What does it mean to decolonize a museum?

In the past few years, museums across the US, Europe, and Australia are trying to tackle the challenge of decolonizing their institutions. However, the very...

Digital

What makes a good museum website?

A website offers the chance to bring the essence of a museum to a virtual platform, but what can be done to ensure that nothing...

News

What does ‘museum’ actually mean? Unusual museums from around the globe

From strange artworks to severed heads, it’s safe to say that the word “museum” is a an umbrella term that can be interpreted in many...

Digital

Virtually There – How to Create Effective 360° Virtual Tours

With holiday and leisure plans on hold for the foreseeable future, it’s little wonder that Google saw a 100% spike in searches for virtual cultural experiences in the month...

News

Statues Removed Following Black Lives Matter Protests

The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 but it has gained a great deal of momentum in 2020 following the death of George Floyd,...

Digital

How virtual reality is bringing historical sites to life

If the purpose of museums is to build a bridge between the past and present, then VR is surely one of the most innovative construction...

News

How Have Museums Responded to the Black Lives Matter Protests?

When the video of the killing of George Floyd emerged in late May, it sparked mass protests in his home city of Minneapolis, spreading throughout...

News

Brooklyn Museum Opens Its Lobby to Black Lives Matter

The Brooklyn Museum in New York City has become one of the first major public institutions in the city to open its lobby space up...

Marketing

How Museums Can Work With Social Media Influencers

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