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spring migration…this site is moving

New regional website takes over Some of you (hello!) follow this blog by direct email sign up, others receive information via our weekly news summary and even more of you click through to the articles and news from our Tweets  *waves to twitter followers*. We’re really happy and chuffed to know we must be providing […]

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#museumweek is here again

 23 to 29 March 2015 Museums from all over the world will have a chance to celebrate culture on Twitter. #MuseumWeek is open to everyone: museums, galleries, National Trust, theatres, and more, so make sure you get involved!  To view further information and sign up, visit the #MuseumWeek website here. museumweek2015.org this is fun … […]

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Online fundraising? Advice

How to choose which ‘online giving’ platform to use All kinds of museums, large and small, are asking their follows to donate to them online, but how do you make the choice between one platform and another, what questions should you ask yourself … before you end up choosing one which suits your size and […]

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Tweetup #AAM2014 was a success! Photo by @sharonheal

Tweet Up..

Museums Association members PLUS! Our Gemma is not just a brilliant MDO, she’s also the new West Midlands Museums Association Regional Rep. So she’s organised ‘a tweetup’  to get us all talking to each other – in real life not just over Twitter! The event is open to everyone, whether you are an MA member […]

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Re-inventing the Gyrus?

Hack a new Lunt Fort with us Coventry’s historic Roman fort needs a revamp … a chance to exercise your creative and collaborative muscles in a weekend of ideas with others over a FREE weekend’s  ‘hackathon’ 5-7 September 2014 at the fort Be part of a weekend of creativity, invention and fun, generating new ideas to […]

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Fly me to … the Midlands

Visit Britain:Visit the Midlands … Help! it’s not just Shakespeare-land … but hey, get’m to the midlands and then let them stay longer, I say. Apparently Visit Britain and Heathrow airport are pitching Regions against each other for a chance to have £1m of advertising at Heathrow. Anne Hathaway’s cottage is their representative picture for the Midlands. It should only take […]

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Analysing your online presence

a sensible lecture! Hello Culture is really exciting ongoing series of events that explores how digital technologies and media are disrupting the way cultural and heritage organisations can produce, interact, create, curate content, transforming how audiences can connect and engage with cultural experiences. Their recent conference, in a series of you tube videos, is online […]

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How accessible is your web presence?

events and training A training event, some social media surgeries and another guide … Just like fundraising, each of us working for museums has some personal responsibility to make sure our web and social media presence is as effective and accessible to all as the rest of our operation. So here are 3 (FREE) ways to […]

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24 hours of culture …

We’re all doing it! A group of arts and heritage groups in the west midlands (the WhatNext? group) are eager to prove just how important culture is to almost everyone’s lives …from listening to the radio, singing in the school choir through visiting a theatre, going to a museum or drawing a picture.  On 24-25 October […]

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Millennium post

Hello 1,000! Put out more flags!..or bunting if you’re helping Compton Verney’s record birthday bid! Yes, this is my 1,000th blog post. You may have read just one or two over the 36 months of this blog’s existence, but if any of the information in them has been of use, interest, or made you laugh, […]

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How was it for you ? #museumweek

It’s not quite over yet … but.. Were you one of the over 300 museum who took part in the twitter communication fest. See the live Guardian blog for some amazing interactions – still think Twitter is not for your museum? http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2014/mar/24/museum-week-uk-2014-live-blog#block-5332b179e4b07edc52cb96d3 here is our previous post on #museumweek  

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Thrifty #museumweek

Splash out.. in a low cost way! Two for one offer- this week is Warwickshire’s marvellous Thrift Week AND it’s twitter’s international #museum week. So, communicating and engaging your audience is almost cost free by Twitter and blogs so go for it. Todays subject is #museummastermind and I notice that somebody will be sharing an […]

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#MuseumWeek – another worldwide twitter phenomenon

Why (and how) Everyone Should Get Involved From Mar Dixon … if you’re a tweeting museum ..do sign up. A different hashtag # everyday for a week March 24th – 30th. Nearly 300 museums in UK already signed up  and many from the west mids. Its an official Twitter UK and Europe thing that started […]

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#muse2 blogging Podnosh

Social Media Surgery + +

We’re becoming a sector of bloggers!  yahboo, I say to those who berate us for not being ‘digital’. 16 of you crowded into the Herbert a couple of weeks ago for #Muse2 the second of our occasional series of peer learning sessions. We had the award winning Podnosh  (social media for social good) . Seasoned bloggers […]

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A garden year … rather superior garden

Compton Verney’s talented head gardener is a keen blogger too … not only is this review a great round up of the year interesting from a gardening point of view, its also a great way of drawing people into following the blog for the following year. Explore this great garden (in the year of Capability […]

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To Blog or not to Blog..whats it for, how to do it

Wednesday, 29 January  13:00 to 16:00 , the Herbert Coventry. The wonderful Podnosh (social media for social good) will help us decide what we want to say and why and how to do it. There’ll be practical training and support from each other too. Free places, – limited space so please book – Bring a laptop with […]

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2013 Landscape & Garden (pictorial) Review

Originally posted on Compton Verney Grounds Blog:
January – Although snow came and went through to March, this early helping kept us more than busy clearing the lengthy drives for staff and residents + a little modelling too!   February – Snowdrops, Winter Aconites and more poke through to herald the new season of opportunity, and…

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Instagram and Pinterest for your arts organisation?

hot tips from the Guardian Cultural Professional Network • Top Instagram accounts for inspiration • Top 10 dos and don’ts for Pinterest and Instagram (dont forget our two media sessions on 9th and 29th January book here MDO events) see my instagram feed bottom right on front page

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HMC Volunteers 2012

..in praise of retired, grey-haired men …

Nothing personal you understand, this is how the authors of the new Heritage Motor Centre Volunteer blog  describe themselves. Around 50 people were recruited by Heritage Motor Centre curator Stephen Laing and volunteer co-ordinator Sonja Dosanjh in July 2012 to support conservation work on over 100 vehicles which will be housed in the new Museum […]

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#Muse …. museums: social media and retail

Muses don’t have to be ethereal female beauties .. sometimes a place to share, learn from each other and network is the real inspiration to successful museum practice. To support what is sometimes called peer- to-peer learning West Midlands MDOs are running a series of sessions through the year that offer short sharing session, often with […]

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Un guide de mise en route sur Wikimedia Commons

Wikimedia Commons could be said to be the best thing since sliced bread for museums looking for illustrative materials.. But it’s not always an intuitive journey. A new guide to figuring out licences and sharing has been published. http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/08/29/wikimedia-commons-brochure/ With more than 18 million freely licensed media files, Wikimedia Commons is the repository for files […]

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Digital project management

Culture24 are running a workshop which may be of interest  to some of you who have digital projects and services across largish areas of the institution. Both iterations of the workshop happen in Brighton, quite a trek, but what an opportunity to visit that fair town. here are the details: Digital project management: a tactical […]

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Deer meets Whale..tweeting Oisin wins Shorty Awards

Warwickshire Museum’s tweeting Giant Irish Deer, @OisinTheDeer, has been voted Best Museum Mascot in the annual international Shorty Awards (http://shortyawards.com/). The Shorty Awards are a global initiative to engage Twitter users worldwide, recognising the best people and organisations in social media. Oisin was also nominated for two of the Shorty Awards’ featured categories, tying 15th […]

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Wikipedia Wanderings by WMids Museums: a showcase

Wikipedia is 12 years old! Over 600 english museums have a presence. Have you? Come and share some successes, and some wise words, with the growing number of West Midlands Museums who are showing off their collecitons and making a worldwide splash through the Wiki world Black Country Living Museum on the 4th March 2013 Are […]

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Beginners guides: WordPress, Flickr,YouTube Twitter

Podnosh, our trusty local -and award winning – community empowerment people know a thing or two about social media for the social good.. they have just produced some practical guides. click here: http://podnosh.com/social-media-help/ These are not the only guides available on this site, or elsewhere- but try them out they may hit the spot..Why not go […]

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