Museums, Notes

Week 40 at work

This week was I got up to:

  • Explored research collaboration with University of Bath – if anybody has ¬£8,000 kicking around to give us to have a PhD student you know where to find me!
  • Ran a 30min introduction to using twitter for Natural Sciences. It’s important we give the keys to our social efforts to the curators and I look forward to what they cook up
  • Discovered which path of “accountability” I need to tread to use various online services
  • Met with two of our student groups to have a demo of their projects. I was blown away by their progress and both could be used as they are quite nicely
  • Sat with our exhibition designer Simon to see what contribution our team needs to make for Moved by Conflict which opens in October.
  • Gave an update to the wider management team about the new website and using online tools for managing projects
  • Found out i’m very curious about records management
  • I’ll be contributing to a HLF digital bid we hope to put in – funny as I co-wrote the digital guidance back in 2012 and now i’m on the other side of the desk
  • Reviewed some tenders
  • Discussed with two curators about how we can blog and use our tools to build interest for an exhibition next year
  • Started to think aloud about our content strategy
Museums, Notes

Week 39 at work

Coming out of the haze of two substantial bids this week felt like light work in comparison:

  • Finally submitted the Nesta digital r and d bid
  • Agreed how we’d use our Nexus 7 tablets for the English Magic exhibition. Finally get to make an ebook!
  • Waved goodbye to Mark who has been supporting our moving image digitisation programme
  • Shared my ideas with our interim director about online tools for running projects
  • Sat with marketing to discuss their input on the new website
  • Mark P took me on a tour of the M shed kiosks as we work to switch over from using umbraco to run them to our collection management tool eMU
  • Started to use basecamp for an internal project to showcase the benefit for the service. I suspect the Council has plans for project management across the landscape but no doubt it will something different…
  • I have taken on a lot of the evaluation and performance role functions so had a positive session with Fay to look at the essentials
  • Really enjoyed meeting an English Heritage¬† contact to find out how they are going to be approaching digital and I’ve offered to lend a hand if they need
  • Reviewed some tenders for a local partner. Please note that if you use public money we expect open practices and sharing of the outputs. If you don’t want to play then get off our court
  • Shared the first visual designs of the website with a fairly wide group and was excited to see the design language work.


Museums, Notes

Week 38 at work

This week was tiring and well over those 37 hours:

  • Attended the Council budget training for the second time – the user experience and user interface are so poor that please note ‘user acceptance testing’ is not the same as user testing from the beginning
  • Met up with a local business wanting to pitch us selling audio services
  • Showed our new website progress to the central comms team and got some helpful tips
  • Spent A LOT of time on our Nesta Digital r and d application only for the website to crash on submission day. A HUGE thanks to Gail Boyle for carrying me to the finish line
  • Met with fffunction to get a first peek at the website visual design
  • Spoke on Thursday evening at museumshowoff
  • Discussed what the next steps were for the British empire and commonwealth collection from a digital view
Museums, Notes

Week 37 at work

This week I managed to get up to:

  • Switched from an intensive and antiquated system for organising our exhibition ‘private views’ to using eventbrite
  • Enjoyed an event to officially launch our inclusive audio guide ‘DiscoveryPens‘ which Paul organised
  • We submitted our major Arts Council bid which is a huge deal for the future of the service, wish us luck!
  • Got the news that several great folk will be taking voluntary severance
  • Switched my brain from the ACE bid to the Nesta digital R and D fund for the arts bid
  • Started to outline key objectives for 2014-15
  • Enjoyed the Pervasive Media studio lunchtime talk about using ibeacons which I hope we can begin to experiment with
  • Outlined plans for several talks I’ll be giving soon

Roll on next week.