Volunteers and the Law

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I attended one of the (brilliant) free training sessions from the Museum of London’s Museum Development (@londonmusdev on twitter) Training programme and learned an extensive, complex and considered insight into the best practice of volunteer management legality. The session was held in the learning studio’s of the Museum of London’s site, aimed primarily at smaller organisations, but opened up to all. The intention of the Museum of London’sRead Now

Bethlem Museum of the Mind: 2016 Museum of the Year

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Open on the first and last Saturday of the month, at the start of this month I headed over to Bethlem Museum of the Mind. Shortlisted for the 2016 Museum of the Year award, the Bethlem Museum of the Mind tackles a difficult history in a reflective, ethically minded, and accessible exhibitions. The first thing that is wholly needed in a museum that reflects a difficult history is  friendlyRead Now

5 Things I’ve Learnt as a Retail Coordinator

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On my last day at the Museum of Brands as Visitor Services Coordinator (which includes managing the retail aspect of the museum) I thought I’d reflect on my first time dipping my toes in retail management. And, importantly, make the most of my access to a SLR camera, that DEPTH. I’ve convinced myself I need to buy an SLR for this blog now. Or maybeRead Now

Guggenheim: Reviewing an Art Gallery with No Idea About Art

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Readers of this blog will know i know nothing about art, and luckily I’ve never set up a precedent of pretending to. So, this ‘review’ of the Guggenheim will, I guess, be a from a visitors perspective, not altered by any underlying biases of museum study. Basically, I loved it. Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, The Guggenheim is obviously stunning. The building is on three levels,Read Now

Can Museums challenge Youtube?

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“Curated by members of the local LGBT+ community, this unique exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, exploring and celebrating those who campaigned and continue to campaign for equality for LGBT+ people.  The exhibition details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to equality, and the social and historical context of the last sixtyRead Now

11 Things you Learn as a University of Leicester Museum Studies Distance Learner

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15th of April 2015 seems like a really, really, long time ago. Since then, I’ve changed jobs three times, moved house twice, and spent more money on “I’ll definitely write another 1000 words if I get another £3.60 flat white” than I care to admit. But it also feels like a really, really short time ago. The fear it’s all almost over is palpable. Sure,Read Now

The Best, and Worst, Thing about Living in London

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It’s been circling around in my head for what seems like weeks, how to write about the opening of Tate Modern’s new building. Circling spiralling thoughts of how to write in a way that is concise, intellectual, factual. So much so, ironically, I’ve left it too late to discuss it as ‘new’ at all. Today I realised: it doesn’t matter. I realised this wearing myRead Now

How to Remain Optimistic in 3 steps

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Brexit. While my laptop still autocorrects it to Brett, Brexit has fallen into common vocabulary over the past few months. Britains decision to leave the European Union today has paved a bleak future, economically speaking, with the pound dropping at an unprecedented speed. In bleak economic turmoil, the first to lose out, time and time again, is the arts. How do museums, museum workers, and aspiring museumRead Now

Museum of Migration: Call Me By My Name

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Yesterday I went on a mad rush to get to the Call Me By My Name: Stories from Calais and Beyond exhibition before it closed. Working in West London and living in South, taking a trip to East London is never a simple quest. But it was so, so worth it. It was a first for me. Never before have I been moved to tearsRead Now

Dismaland: If You Are Not Outraged, You Are Not Paying Attention

After the questionably authentic “website crash” on the first day of ticket release, I managed to get tickets and see the perhaps most spontaneous, most talked about, large-scale art instillation of its kind. For five weeks, Dismaland came to Weston-Super-Mare’s shore. Perhaps the limited time frame and even more limited ticket numbers is what led to the infectious fascination. Six hour queues for on theRead Now