The Digital Culture 2019 Report

We all know that times are tough in the heritage sector. There’s less funding, less time, fewer members of staff. The impact has been felt across the board, in all aspects of museum work – particularly when it comes to digital activities. The Digital Culture 2019 report, published by Nesta and ACE, has highlighted all of this in a handy 46 page report. But I’m … Continue reading The Digital Culture 2019 Report

Some lesser known features of Instagram Stories

Now that you’ve hopefully started playing around with Instagram Stories, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share one or two features that some may not be aware of. So let’s get into it. Solid background colour. You can create a solid background colour by taking a random picture, selecting the drawing tool, choosing the colour you want and holding down on the screen. Your … Continue reading Some lesser known features of Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories: It’s Snapchat For Post-Teens

Instagram Stories is an obsession for me. Well, maybe ‘obsession’ is a tad strong. Passion, perhaps? Either way, the platform is currently one of the fastest growing and a lot of that is thanks to the Stories feature. But what are Instagram Stories, I hear you scream? Well, it’s basically Snapchat for Millennials. The feature lets you take pictures or videos and post them to the … Continue reading Instagram Stories: It’s Snapchat For Post-Teens

From ‘Shares’ to ‘Comments’ – conversation is Facebook’s new social currency

In 2018, Mark Zuckerberg will be making some big changes to Facebook. Gone are the glory days for businesses and brands. Facebook’s News Feed algorithms will have no time for likes and shares in 2018 – this beast can only be fed on conversation. These changes have rattled some. But the updates are in response to the Fake News epidemic of 2016 and 2017. Over … Continue reading From ‘Shares’ to ‘Comments’ – conversation is Facebook’s new social currency

The 3D Museum

As part of Culture24’s Let’s Get Real: Young Audiences conference, I’ll be co-facilitating a discussion group around 3D and museum objects. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of the 3D models I’ll be highlighting on the day! The Discovery Programme This programme is a national archaeological research body supported by the Heritage Council. The 3D models have been created as part of … Continue reading The 3D Museum

Is Facebook better than YouTube for sharing video?

EDIT: I wrote this before Facebook admitted to inflating video metrics, because they’re a bunch of bastards and want your money / content. So please take all of this with a pinch of salt.  For our website, IM PLAYIN, me and the chaps have been experimenting with how we create, publish and share our video-content. We used to use YouTube as a way to share our … Continue reading Is Facebook better than YouTube for sharing video?

Knowing your audience

Social media, hey. Who isn’t using it these days? The majority of people have had some form of social media account, in one form or another, and most museums have one too. Some museums have more than one, in fact, seeing as there’s so many platforms to choose from. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, YouTube, Snapchat, YikYak, the list goes on. There’s one theme that can … Continue reading Knowing your audience

The social museum, online

Back when I worked at the Museum of the Order of St John, managing their social media channels, I focused very heavily on communicating with the online audience. One of my favorite things to do was to get the audience talking and engaging with our collections, online, through social media. It’s something that I’m really encouraging other museums to do, at most of my workshops, … Continue reading The social museum, online

Museum digitisation in practice

Example One ‘Volunteers in the Theatre of War‘, Museum of the Order of St John Example Two ‘Ritual Ewer‘, The Smithsonian X3D Example Three ‘Quagga Skeleton Project‘, The Grant Museum Example Four ‘Musical Instrument‘, Greek Folklore Museum Example Five ‘Granite head of Amenemhat III‘, British Museum Example Six ‘In the Horniman‘, The Horniman Museum Example Seven ‘The Hunterian on Tumblr‘, The Hunterian Museum Continue reading Museum digitisation in practice