museums & the web 2014

Painting of Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore (Cecil Calvert), Florence MacKubin (1861-1918), 1910 via Wikipedia Commons

Painting of Cecilius Calvert, 2nd Baron Baltimore (Cecil Calvert), Florence MacKubin (1861-1918), 1910 via Wikipedia Commons

This week I’m attending the Museums & the Web conference in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the 18th annual gathering “featuring advanced research and exemplary applications of digital practice for cultural, natural and scientific heritage.” I’m ready to hear it all: successes, failures, frustrations, brags, and refinements.

Hopefully there will also be time for great conversations, #drinkingaboutmuseums, museum hopping, and crabcakes–tasty, tasty crabcakes.

Follow the conference on Twitter at @museweb and #MW2014 and on Instagram.

on view: happy (we are from luton)

No shade to “Let It Go” but I’m still trying to figure out how Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” didn’t take home this year’s Best Original Song Oscar. What other tune has the power to make movie stars shimmy and total strangers dance together in the grocery store aisle (what, that was just me)? Anyway, inspired by the feel-good song of forever, Luton, England’s Museum Makers, a community group dedicated to celebrating Wardown Park Museum, organized this amazing visual love letter to their town. Achievement unlocked on this vid because not only do I want to visit this museum, I also want all of these people to be my friends.

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xoxo museum blogs

Courtesy of Museum Minute

Courtesy of Museum Minute

Fire the confetti cannons! Today is Museum Blog/gers Day! In celebration of its third birthday, Museum 140 is partnering with Museum Minute to celebrate all of the awesome that is museum blogging on Twitter via #MuseumBlogs.

As Museum Minute explains:

If you like reading about museums, writing about museums, chatting about museums, or learning about museums – join the conversation this Wednesday! Share your favorite museum blogs, recommend your favorite museum bloggers, and brag (or share) your favorite/most-read museum blog posts.

I’ve been blogging about museums for almost five years (!) and I’ve enjoyed every bit of it. It’s great to have a space where I can question, examine, and ponder the field that I love, and I’m especially grateful that others read, respond, and give me food for thought. I can’t say thank you enough.

The museum blogging community is generous, supportive, and full of mind-blowing collective badassery (as demonstrated by Museum Minute’s “Meet a Museum Blogger” series). So go forth and spread the love!