Archive for the 'Exhibitions' Category

Title fight

Monday, May 15th, 2006

Once upon a time I used to do really curatorial things - cataloguing collections, researching and writing exhibitions, rooting through the collections* - all the interesting things I’ve referred to elsewhere. One of the penalties of increasing management responsibility is that you end up doing less and less of what you came into museums to [...]

Sense of history

Saturday, February 11th, 2006

Right back at the beginning of this blog I wrote about the experience which more than any other led me to working in museums. Now while that fixed in my head the value, the importance, of objects as the physical link to our past, it must be admitted that very few museums will provide that [...]

The art of love

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Interesting article in the latest MJ on singles events in museums and art galleries. Not sure how that would work out at our museums, which mostly aren’t that big (and aren’t art galleries). Still, our industrial museum might be a suitable venue on a summer evening in June or July - a big open air [...]

100 million monkeys, but still no Shakespeare*

Thursday, September 1st, 2005

There seems to be something of a concerted campaign on denigration underway at the moment directed at Creative Commons in, amongst others, the Register and elsewhere. The attacks seem to be based on a combination of misinformation and a misapprehension of copyright law (one writer in particular being ignorant of the copyright law of the [...]

Intelligent Design

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

No, not that psuedo-scientific anti-evolution nonsense. I want to talk about design, and more specifically about graphic designers.
Why is it that graphic designers, whether they are working on exhibition panels, a booklet or other publication, or your new leaflet, or even (heaven forbid) a web site, just luurrvvv teeny, tiny text? I guess that they [...]

Whose lines are they anyway?

Saturday, August 13th, 2005

I’ve been thinking for a long while about ways in which I could be using technology to enhance access to museum collections and especially to open up possibilities for users / visitors / interested parties to use our material to create their own exhibitions / resources, with their own interpretive text. Some of these ideas [...]