Week 69 at work

Lots of bouncing around our sites this week:

  • Supported the filming by University of Bristol on their MOOC course in our Moved by Conflict exhibition
  • Reviewed the potential to take on 80by18 with Keri Facer
  • Agreed how we would run the evaluation for Ahead of the Curve exhibition for ourselves and partners
  • Met with the film office who will fall within my management remit by the end of the month
  • Agreed with our catering and venue hire partner Compass to retire their sites and move to running through our website
  • Welcomed Lauren who is our maternity cover Marketing and Comms Officer
  • Kick off workshop for Death exhibition in 2015
  • Trained Zahid about using our new CMS for the website – due to its ease this was quick
  • Outlined the next steps for our BECC film archive
  • Attend the opening for our Ming Vase exhibition and chopped it up with Maria Bojanowska from the British Museum
  • Welcomed President Tan of Singapore to M Shed
  • Reviewed active service requests with Phil from public programming
  • Did lots of paperwork

Next week i’ll be speaking in Exeter at Working Smarter not harder about websites, reviewing our Hidden Museum progress, being in the crowd for 300 seconds and hoping getting some digital stuff actually done

Week 68 at Work

Bit late but:

  • Talk with the Arts, events and film team as part of their planning meeting
  • Workshop with local arts partners and the Audience agency about the new audience fidner tools and gathering audience data.
  • Agreed to use M Shed for a University of Bristol MOOC
  • Tour of CRT exit survey kiosks
  • Reviewed the planned work for the Bristol Birds and Mammals gallery
  • Catch up with head of learning
  • Management team
  • Reviewed team progress on their 6 month intervals
  • Reviewed plans for our Death exhibition

Sshhh you’re the not the co-located service you think you are

I work for Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives within the Bristol City Council local authority. Every assumption is that we’re a bunch of co-located teams and services. Yet the 10,000 plus email I’ve received says otherwise. I go days and weeks without seeing many folks within our service and I think we’re unknowingly actually a distributed or remote team. Our offices are spread thinly across 10 plus sites and that’s without the local authority aspects. Meeting spaces are elusive as is bumping into team mates. Our ways of thinking, our tools, processes etc are all working to this co-located fantasy. The trouble with this is that we then blame email and meetings for not letting is focus.

I wonder if we accepted that we’re really remote teams if we could shift for the better.

See you at the water cooler.

PS worth a read is 37signals REMOTE on the subject.

Week 67 at work

Although I only worked on a few thing this week it was a LONG week:

  • Finished the required draft of our Audience Development Strategy
  • Met with our Service Director to give an overview of our digital roadmap for 2015-18 and define our next steps
  • Spoke at the Museum Association 2014 conference about ‘The perfect museum website’. We had space for 40 people and ended up with the walls lined and folks on the floor!
  • Attend a learning workshop for our Digital R&D for the Arts project in Manchester

Next week i’m looking at our budget, open badges and preparing for running workshops later this year.

Week 66 at work

This was a week when I really noticed the lost of staff through voluntary severance. More is more and less is less.

  • workshop all day about enterprise and resilience with Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery and Tyne and Wear Archives and museum
  • meeting in London (Imperial War Museum) on behalf of my director at the National Museum Directors’ Council about the European Union legislation on reuse of Public Sector Information
  • announced our £125,000 Digital R&D fund for the Arts project called ‘The Hidden Museum’ with partners Aardman and the University of Bristol – ibeacons, sensors and new ways to engage audiences.
  • interviewed internally for a temp post with the South West Museum Development team
  • audience development strategy writing
  • agreed to step in at next weeks Museum Association conference to talk in a panel type session about our website with Martin Bazley
  • found out we’ll have a new director in Jan 2015 – my third in less than 18 months!