Blog

The LMG Blog is your opportunity to highlight your projects, start discussions with our members, or just let off steam about an important issue that you think needs to talked about. The blog is open to all LMG members and members of the museum community so if you have a blog idea please do get in touch. Try and keep your pieces reasonably short and snappy (around 1000 words maximum) and include some images to make it interesting, and remember don't be shy, it's always good to get a lively debate going. If you would like to write a blog piece for the website please email: blog@londonmuseumsgroup.org

How can supplementary schools and museums work together?

"How can supplementary schools and museums work together?"

In this blog post Emma Taylor, Supplementary Schools Programme Manager at the Museum of London, gives us insight into her work with supplementary schools, how museums are well placed to engage with this new audience, and the mutual benefits this brings. I have been working with supplementary schools for five years, both at the British Museum and now at the Museum  Read more →

Cultural Heritage and 3D: The Power of Virtual Things

"Cultural Heritage and 3D: The Power of Virtual Things"

Alec Ward, Museum Development Officer Digital & Communications at London Museum Development, tells us about the popular 3D digital models course as part of their Digital Futures training programme, and the potential this technology can bring. As part of London Museum Development’s Arts Council England funded training offer to London’s non-national museums, we run a programme of digital training courses. The Digital Futures  Read more →

GEM – Supporting learning and sharing for professionals under pressure

"GEM – Supporting learning and sharing for professionals under pressure"

  In this post Holly Bee, Education Officer at GEM, gives us insight into the Learning and Sharing Centre (LSC) project, and how the work being delivered will provide resilience for museums and the sector’s educators.  Museum educators are on the frontline of heritage. When a museum reaches out, makes a collection come alive or turns a visit into an adventure,  Read more →

Reflection on Museums and Wellbeing

"Reflection on Museums and Wellbeing"

In this post Laura Bedford, Project Coordinator for the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing, shares her thoughts and reflections on wellbeing and museums. I have been the project co-ordinator for the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing for around three months and in this piece written the week after our second conference and wellbeing in museums week I  Read more →

Proactive, Empower and Confident Freelancing Event

"Proactive, Empower and Confident Freelancing Event"

  In this post Christina Lister, marketing and comms freelancer and co-founder of the Museum Freelance Network, gives insight on establishing the Museum Freelance Network and reflects on the success of the first event. Fellow freelancer Laura Crossley and I founded the Museum Freelance Network following a #museumhour chat I guest-hosted in the summer of 2016 on freelancing. It seemed  Read more →

Interview with Katie Childs

"Interview with Katie Childs"

In this interview Katie Childs tells us about her intriguing career to date, currently Policy and Projects Manager for the National Museum Directors’ Council (NMDC) but soon to be Head of Partnerships and Stakeholder Relations at IWM. Describe your career path Unconventional. I always had a love for museums, and my Saturday and holiday job when I was at sixth-form college was  Read more →

Interview with Rose Hughes

"Interview with Rose Hughes"

Rose Hughes, Learning Officer at the Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising, is our first interviewee of the year. In this lively post she tells us about her love of illustration and her road into the museum sector. Describe your career path Growing up in Lincoln, I spent my weekends painting portraits at street fairs and working in a craft  Read more →

Christmas Message from Caroline Worthington, LMG Chair

"Christmas Message from Caroline Worthington, LMG Chair"

Caroline Worthington is the Chair of the London Museums Group and CEO of Bexley Heritage Trust. Here she reflects on the LMG in 2016, and our plans for 2017…. The London Museums Group (LMG) committee has spent time thinking about how we can best engage with our members and support them in the year ahead. In October, nine of us  Read more →

Interview with Jack Ashby

"Interview with Jack Ashby"

Jack Ashby, Manager of the grant Museum at UCL, answers our questions… Describe your career path As the Manager of the Grant Museum of Zoology at UCL (since 2011) I have strategic overview of our varied activities – developing the Museum as both a valuable academic resource and an excellent public venue, while caring for our collections responsibly. As well  Read more →

looking at art objects

History of Art becomes History

"History of Art becomes History"

Joe Sullivan is the Heritage Outreach Officer (Engagement & Interpretation) at the RAF Museum. Here he talks to his colleague Jo Dickinson, Education Officer at the RAF Museum and a graduate in History of Art at A Level, about the impact of the removal of the subject from the UK curriculum. In Mid-October, it was announced that the exam board  Read more →

Like a Kamikaze Worm: throw yourself into using games for learning

"Like a Kamikaze Worm: throw yourself into using games for learning"

In this enthusiastic and informative post Laura Southall, the Learning Project Manager at the IWM and former Head of Learning at the RIBA, encourages us to dive in the deep end with gamification.   Imagine my surprise this weekend when a curator friend of mine text me using an emoji for the first time! I replied immediately to congratulate him on this  Read more →

Expanding digital audience engagement at the National Portrait Gallery

"Expanding digital audience engagement at the National Portrait Gallery"

Elizabeth Dawson, Collections and Database Management Assistant at the National Portrait Gallery discusses new ways of expanding digital audiences. At the National Portrait Gallery, London (NPG) our online collections pages make up nearly 50% of all website access so naturally there is a large focus on enhancing the visitor experience within these pages. Thanks to our Digitisation team over 63%  Read more →

Interview with LMG’s new chair – Caroline Worthington

"Interview with LMG’s new chair – Caroline Worthington"

Caroline Worthington, LMG’s new chair and Chief Executive of Bexley Heritage Trust, takes five minutes to answer our questions… Describe your career path I started my career at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter as curator of art. I’ve retained my affection for the city and am now an ardent Exeter City football fan ! After five years in  Read more →

What did the Touring Exhibitions Group’s survey tell us about touring in the London region?

"What did the Touring Exhibitions Group’s survey tell us about touring in the London region?"

                The Touring Exhibitions Group (TEG) is a non-profit organisation that supports museums and galleries across the UK and beyond to tour exhibitions. It believes touring is key mechanism for ensuring the resilience of high-quality, temporary exhibition programmes in times of greater austerity. Over the summer period in 2015 TEG conducted a survey  Read more →

Can the cultural sector rise above government agenda: cultural policy, influence and autonomy

"Can the cultural sector rise above government agenda: cultural policy, influence and autonomy"

                In the second of our Editor’s blogs, Carrie Svinning discusses her thoughts on government cultural policy, decision-making and autonomy. It has been an intense period of politics lately with Brexit, our new appointed Prime Minister Theresa May, and a notable set of cabinet changes. We as the cultural sector sit at the  Read more →