Museums Showoff online, 14th July 2020
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A queer sensibility - John Gibson in Rome It's 2016 and I've travelled from my home in mid Wales to London's Royal Academy to see the exhibition celebrating 150 years since the death of the world famous Welsh sculptor John Gibson. (1790-1866) I was researching Gibby's life (as his friends called him) as part of my Queer Tales from Wales series exploring how the lives of queer people in Welsh history are all too often ignored. The Royal Academy was no exception. There was no mention of his amazing life in Rome where he worked, his friendship with fellow Welsh artist Penry Williams and his support of sapphic artists like Harriet Hosmer. If you like this idea I would show a couple of his extraordinary and sensitive works and tell a little of his story using his own words from his very entertaining and amusing (auto)biography.
I have a confession to make... I took an object from the museum store and put it on the skip. Before I'm banished from the museum sector let me reassure you I was allowed to do it. But I'm still worried about telling you. But why are museum staff scared to tell people about disposal? Lots of us have done it, lots more of you want to do it. I've spent five years of my life researching this, and in five minutes I'll try to convince you why we should shout about disposal from the rooftops!* *or maybe issue a carefully worded press release
Why should museums use Memory Boxes? I will share the whys & hows, the highs & lows of offering reminiscence sessions for over a decade. Virtually 0% theory and 100% practical advice from Guernsey Museum.
What do you do if your museum on the history of disease eradication and vaccination suddenly becomes ultra relevant, but you’re then forced to close by the very thing that made it relevant in the first place? An exploration of how 1.3 members of staff at Dr Jenner’s House decided to give it our best shot anyway.
Starting out in the industry is tough. Finishing uni, finding your feet, figuring how to start and where to start and how to earn money and be an adult. Add a baby in the mix and it a whole new ball game. This is my experience. I want to share my experience and learnings from juggling motherhood and starting out of the sector, exploring the highs and lows, sending out my love letter to the GLAM community.
I'd like to talk about transitioning the Museum of Portable Sound from an in-person experience to an online one during the COVID-19 epidemic.
There have been quite a few museum projects focused on social justice and activism over the past decade. We've seen visitors come into our spaces, engage with topics which are close to our hearts, and feel a myriad of emotions. But what happens after they exit through the gift shop? Are they forever changed or was it all just an afternoon's diversion? Well, I spent an inordinate amount of time over four years trying to find out and I'm going to share it all with you ... in five minutes.