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How to Get to Know a Collection (and Fast)?

This time last year, I travelled into Rome by train while having a conversation with Tim Sherratt in Canberra. Tim had built a Twitter bot enabling the Trove historic newspaper database to talk. Finally, I could have a conversation with a collection.

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Museum Advocacy in Practice: Digital Invasions

The Digital Invasions concept came to Sydney last Saturday, 3 May. Despite the weather, six of us headed to the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA Australia) and the Lucy Osburn-Nightingale Foundation Museum. Read more

Critical Response: Conversations in Museums

After being home only a handful of weeks, I’ve since travelled again to New York City and Baltimore to attend the Museums and the Web (MW) Conference. I met many people I connected with online during the course of my journey last year and many more inspiring people.  Read more

Objects of Remembrance: a Networked Us and Photos of Art

During my brief return to Australia, I’ve repeatedly explained how strongly my journeys have been shaped by social media. Many times, my path has been directed by social media connections and at other times, they’ve had a significant role in helping me process places and experiences.

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Matching Museums to a New Reality

My journey hasn’t included obvious destinations in a museum pilgrimage. Typical choices might have been New York, London, more of Europe. Instead of traveling to major museum centers, I’ve gone off the grid for short periods.

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Registrar’s Postcard: New Museology in Chile

I could post an image of a mummy. I’ve seen human remains in museums across Peru and Chile, some sitting curled in freezers, others twisted by the pain of their final moments in Perspex cases, or laid on stainless steel trollies like corpses in a morgue.

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Entropic Museum Tours

I generally prefer to explore a museum without a guide, giving myself space to feel a place and explore its content. But this year I’ve experienced tours by guides who dramatically shaped how I feel and understand particular places.

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Registrar’s Postcard: Prado Museum, Spain

I went Easter egg hunting at the Prado Museum during my flying visit last month. Artist Miguel Angel Blanco has placed objects from Spanish scientific collections alongside major artworks. Read more

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