If you will make intricate lace patterned pants by pricking pin holes into paper, there will be comments!
Today, after an odd moment yesterday, another loving my job moment:
"Yesterday I saw you walk through here with a crossbow, today it's a large metal spike thing with a comet thing on it. What IS your actual job?"
"Ah, Excuse me. Are you staff? Good, I was... can.... Can I........Sorry, I have to ask this. Why are you carrying a box full of stuffed crows and a crossbow?"
One of those moments that will make me smile for the rest of the day.
“What happens when a national museum opens its stores of treasures to members of the public and challenges them to curate their own art exhibition for the very first time?”
BBC Wales hope that what happens is enough viewing figures to do a nationwide BBC series, and National Museum Wales hopes that what happens is an increase in visitors.
A series called The Exhibitionists has just been announced, taking five non museumy types, and letting them rip in the archives to arrange shows for public display. I like the concept, but the manner it’s being done in is a bit of a turn off. Rather than finding out what interests the average person when allowed to dive into a national collection, discovering the processes necessary to display and interpret objects and seeing how professionals can learn from new thoughts, the focus seems to be “they compete until two remain to put on their shows, and then after visiting those you vote for a winner.”
Extra cartoon for father's day! Telling your child to go along with lying about their age so it would be cheaper to get in - on their birthday. I bet you've had similar moments or know your dad would do this if he'd thought of it ...
The idea of a venue free and uncluttered by information panels, where visitors can move at their leisure, opt for as much detail as they like and even select specialist types of information, is a grand one. Even better is being able to walk around together with a kids tour, adult tour, French tour and BSL tour all being used in the same vising group! However, to do this you have to involve the general public with technology.
Just show them through the basic three buttons, hand it over, watch them get it going and pause it (so you can see that they're using it correctly) and set them loose with advise to ask the roaming front of house chap if they need help. I would say:
40% take to it like they've used it all their lives
20% are over confident so mess it up, but then recover
25% are scared of it, but end up thinking it's amazing
10% ask if they can just borrow the shop's copy of the souvenir guide and give it back later
5% take it, smile, stuff it in a bag or pocket once inside and then complain later "I had no idea what was going on, there's no information in there!"
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