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 →

Steps Towards Inclusivity in Museums

"Steps Towards Inclusivity in Museums"

In the first of our Editor’s blogs, Joe Sullivan discusses his thoughts on inclusivity in museum storytelling. I recently started a post at the RAF Museum, as Heritage Outreach Officer. There’s some interesting development going on at the moment, and it’s great to be a part of it. For me personally, I find it exciting that the museum is trying  Read more →

Chairwoman’s Blog: Running a Volunteer Organisation

"Chairwoman’s Blog: Running a Volunteer Organisation"

  In the first of our tri-yearly LMG Chairwoman’s Blog, Judy Willcocks reflects on the challenges and rewards of chairing a voluntary organisation. I’ve been in the driving seat of the London Museums Group for five years now, and have had to steer us through some pretty choppy waters including the worst economic downturn since the Second World War, the demise  Read more →

Give the gift of data…

"Give the gift of data…"

Do you know how your museum’s audience has changed? Are you reaching more people from lower socio-economic groups? Are your visitors older or younger? Are you engaging with more people from minority-ethnic backgrounds? If you know any of these things, Maurice Davis wants to hear from you!

Visitor Finder for museums

"Visitor Finder for museums"

Visitor Finder is an initiative designed specifically to support museums to obtain and use information about your visitors to help to inform your advocacy, business planning, engagement and marketing.

Aiming for Excellence?

"Aiming for Excellence?"

A summary of the LMG event ‘Aiming for Excellence’ held at the Society of Antiquaries on 25 June, told from the point of view of the event coordinator, Alex Murphy. When asked to put together a conference to discuss the Arts Council’s first goal – ‘Excellence is thriving and celebrated in museums, arts and culture’, I realised I have a  Read more →

Museums: therapeutic and emotional?

"Museums: therapeutic and emotional?"

By Nicky Boyd The sector gets together The programme for the Museums Association (MA) 2013 conference in Liverpool was certainly refreshing. Over two days delegates were invited to explore the themes of the ‘Therapeutic Museum’ and the ‘Emotional Museum.’  This interesting focus obviously tied in to the Museum Associations new vision for the increased social impact of museums: Museums Change  Read more →

Thoughts on going it alone as a Museum Consultant

"Thoughts on going it alone as a Museum Consultant"

Follow these tips from Maria Blyzinsky and you could soon be taking control of your daily grind Several years ago, I made the decision to jump into freelancing. To an outsider, it may have seemed an odd choice. I’d been working in museums for sixteen years, and had managed to climb the greasy pole of curatorship to reach the dizzying  Read more →

Rethinking Museum Training and Careers

"Rethinking Museum Training and Careers"

Part 2 of 2, by Rachel Souhami Last week, four early career museum professionals recounted their experiences of getting into, and trying to get ahead in, museum work. In a nutshell: it’s unnecessarily tough. There is no career structure, no guidance, no training and no stability. But identifying problems is one thing, overcoming them is something else. What should the  Read more →

The low down on the life of early career museum professionals

"The low down on the life of early career museum professionals"

Part 1 of 2, by Rachel Souhami You’ve got to love museums to want to work in one: if you’re lucky, after years of study and volunteering you’ll get a low paid job on a short-term contract, and even getting one of those is a slog. But while senior professionals approach this problem by wringing their hands over training or  Read more →

Museum professionals of the future (and now) – resourceful and entrepreneurially minded

"Museum professionals of the future (and now) – resourceful and entrepreneurially minded"

by Lucy Shaw, Oxford ASPIRE Manager I manage Oxford ASPIRE (a consortium of the Oxford University Museums and the Oxfordshire County Museums Service), which is one of the sixteen Major Partner Museums funded by Arts Council England through its Renaissance funding stream.  We are taking an outward-facing leadership role in the museum sector at a regional, national and international level  Read more →

What was first | The Chicken or The Egg?

"What was first | The Chicken or The Egg?"

A round up on Open Culture 2013 by Julie Reynolds. Last month, I attended the Open Culture 2013 conference [image above] and heard speakers from heritage organisations across the world discuss:  How can collections management power the participatory museum of tomorrow?  Listening to and interviewing delegates I found that people were generally happy with the way the conference was exploring  Read more →

Digital participation, engagement and crowdsourcing in museums

"Digital participation, engagement and crowdsourcing in museums"

Tips for digital participation, engagement and crowdsourcing in museums | by Mia Ridge Introduction Digital technologies have created exciting new possibilities for museum audiences to engage more widely and more deeply with cultural heritage content and collections. (But I should point out that while I’m a technologist, the Chair of the Museums Computer Group and researching crowdsourcing for my PhD,  Read more →