The awkward moment when your museum finds that a local facebook page has been cheerfully copy/pasting your facebook events to create Their Own event pages, because they think it'll help your events reach more people.
What is mainly seems to do is reach people, confuse them, and make them frustrated over unanswered questions in the event discussion section.
Why didn't we answer your question on the event page? We weren't notified about a question on the event page. There isn't a question on the event page. Oh, that's a link to an event page which isn't ours. But looks exactly like our event page...
Road to hell, best intentions, paving, and all that.
1. Lengthy series of emails as we establish with someone planning a visit what we can and can't provide for them.
1.5. They engage emotional blackmail to try and get what they want.
2. We reach an understanding. In which we carefully aren't going outside of the bounds of what we offered to begin with.
3. They are happy, but tell us to contact someone else, now organising the visit.
3.5. We wonder why we have to contact them, not them us, but, OK.
4. We contact them, nervously including the line "Hopefully you are up to speed on the discussions with your colleague."
5. An entirety different person contacts us, to say they're running the visit.
6. They ask for THE EXACT SAME THINGS we refused to do for the first person.
Someone has blamed us of “only announcing you were closed on social media when it was pretty much your opening time".
On the one hand, do you not check opening hours before driving for miles at Easter?
On the other, have we fallen down here?
Just had a laugh with the cleaners as we gazed at two penises, drawn in snot, on either end of one of the museum display cabinets.
"They're impressively symmetrical."
February half term has commenced.
Remember - if you find a set of keys, it's a good idea to check if someone is around and using them before you secure them.
Staff who get locked in cupboards soon remember to keep their keys secure.
Tumblr. It's a rather odd place sometimes. Some of the users are a bit, special. (So much porn going on) but there are some great and clever things from the arts and museums world.
However, I wouldn't have thought looking for museum would also cross over so firmly in the search Venn Diagram with warm pizza.
Incidentally, you can find Attendant's View on tumble at: www.tumblr.com/blog/attendants-view
Tomorrow (September 13th) is Ask A Curator Day, and it’s a chance for people inside and outside of collections, museums, galleries and heritage venues to connect and chat - with an impressive 1519 museums taking part!
It can be a good way to educate people on what curators actually do, open minds about what your collection holds and how it can be relevant. It can be a fun way to share and explore. Sometimes, the questions asked can lead to rethinking what visitors are interested in and would like to know more about.
You’ll find #AskACurator being used on Instagram and twitter, so have a look, and see what is being nattered about.
If you want to see who is taking part, or be more involved (last minute!) see the details and sign your venue up here: http://www.mardixon.com/wordpress/askacurator-who-to-ask-sept-14-2016/
How come the most commonly damaged things in the museum are the “Please Do Not Touch” signs?
I suppose if they are being broken, it at least means the cabinets and displays aren’t?
The second the manager walked out, the shelf dropped.
It wasn't the heavy object which caused the glass shelf to drop, rather the final, delicate, finishing touch being placed atop it.
Good news is that although the display content and shelf both dropped, both remained wholly intact, providing a sudden but valuable lesson in always double checking how secure your adjustable shelves are before you start work!
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