On Monday I attended my first professional development seminar since starting Maternity Leave in February. It was a lunchtime seminar at the Immigration Museum Melbourne on the topic of ‘Rethinking the Museum Experience‘. I did have my, very obliging, 5 month old daughter in tow, so I wasn’t at my full capacity. Unfortunately I missed all of Andrea Witcomb‘s presentation while I was settling her.
Nonetheless, there were some interesting messages I took away from the seminar. Laurajane Smith and Philipp Schorch spoke about research they had conducted with visitors to the Immigration museum. Both looked at how the visitors engaged with the content in the museum, particularly in relation to emotional engagement and the role of identity in shaping their visit.
Last weekend I tried to explain to my Mum, Uncles, Aunt and 92 year-old Grandma the value of Twitter. It was so hard. I was met with many sceptical looks or polite smile-and-nods. The truth is that Twitter’s power and value is difficult to explain in theory, it needs to be experienced. It needs to be experienced over a fair amount of time.
I’ve been making a concerted effort to ‘learn’ Twitter since July last year, and it’s only been in the last three months that I’ve really come to appreciate and vouch for it’s worth. If you’re keen to work productively with Twitter, and I will argue that’s a very worthwhile pursuit, then I recommend giving yourself a good amount of time to play first.
Last month the Asia Pacific branch of the International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) hosted the international conference – Access All Areas. The conference was held a various institutions in Melbourne and included a day with us here at Sovereign Hill. It was a fabulous conference, for the two days I attended at any rate.
After a post about probably the smallest and quietest museum/historical site I’ve ever visited, this post is about the busiest museum/historical site I visited in Europe: the Tower of London. After two visits to London and not going in (budget student travelling) I decided it was high time I forked out the entry fee and went inside.