A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful folk from the Grant Museum of Zoology, at UCL. We were discussing how the Grant Museum might be able to contribute to one or two of the sessions in the ‘Digital Futures‘ program that I’m running. The conversation quickly turned to the elephant in the room… well… less “elephant” and more “quagga”. For … Continue reading Building what isn’t there – 3D printing and museums
If you remember, a few weeks ago I wrote an article about how museums are using Minecraft to engage their audience with their collections. I decided to cover that topic in my first workshop as the MDO for Digital Technologies, and what better way to illustrate my point than to built my own imagining of the Louvre’s glass pyramids on the game! Here’s what I … Continue reading Reimagining the Louvre on Minecraft
I thought that I’d kick off the new digital technology theme for this blog with an interesting topic – Minecraft in museums. I know. I know. Video-games in museums. Why are us museum people always trying to make museums “cool”. I hear you. But, to be fair, Minecraft and museums could have a potentially awesome relationship – one that more museums should be exploring. The … Continue reading Minecraft and Museums
I haven’t done one of these in a while… The main reason is because I’ve been super busy of late. My original plan for August and September was to have my dissertation finished by the start of September, and take a few extra shifts at the Museum of the Order of St John to fill in a few gaps. I worked incredibly hard to make … Continue reading Good News! I have a new job.
One of the most difficult things to display in a museum is a good story. Sure, you can build a narrative around a few objects to make them stand out. You can even tell the story of these objects with text panels on walls but, in most cases, the stories seem to get overpowered by the objects on display. There’s something incredibly powerful about objects, … Continue reading Stories and Museums
Keeping up with the theme of stuff in museums, what would our stuff say about us over the next few generations? Will they marvel at our technology or judge us for our shortcomings? Continue reading What will our stuff say about us?
There’s far more to objects than just their looks, you know. Objects have the power to shape who we are and influence our identity, as well as acting as anchors for powerful memories of certain moments in our lives. Continue reading Making Meaning And Identity With Stuff
Hello! My name’s Alec, sometimes known as ‘that museum guy’. If you’re reading this, then I guess that I can safely assume you’ve stumbled across my blog. If you’re still reading this, I’ll assume that I have your attention! I started this blog for a few reasons. Firstly, I want to use it as an opportunity to discuss one of my passions in life – … Continue reading Introductions…