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
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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.

 

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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
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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.

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