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MuseumNext

30/10/2009 Sarah Burry-Hayes

I took a couple of days out of the office last week to attend the MuseumNext conference in Newcastle. At some point I began calling it ‘Museum Camp’ and it proved a very rewarding experience and more fun than many conferences I have attended. I think some of the material

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Curatorial Advisers’ Event 21 Oct 09

30/10/2009 Loretta Mordi

On a wet day in Perth, 16 curatorial advisers gathered together at the Subud Centre for an event designed to inform advisers on updates in Accreditation and to discuss crucial aspects of being a curatorial adviser. The Subud Centre provided a warm welcome and some excellent biscuits that Miles, the facilitator

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MGS participate in Scottish Third Sector research conference

27/10/2009 Heather Doherty

Yesterday, Alison and I attended the SCVO Scottish Third Sector Research Conference. The conference themes were localism, recession and innovation and the audience included researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. We were there to present on social impact research on museums and galleries in Scotland. Our focus was the Volunteering in Museums

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Horizon scanning for our members

19/10/2009 Alison Turnbull

I have been doing some work on horizon scanning – sometimes called ‘futures work’ – in the organisation. It involves picking up on bits of news and information that connect with the ‘big picture’ and then looking at how, or when, they might impact on the sector. But of course

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What do we have in common with Visitor Attractions?

16/10/2009 Sarah Burry-Hayes

Last week I was sent to London, and not for something I had done, but for what was happening down there. While most museum professionals were attending Museums Association Annual Conference I found a conference upstairs in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre where the visitor services managers from museums

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To visit or not to visit?

13/10/2009 Heather Doherty

Ever wondered how trip organisers decide whether or not to visit a museum or gallery? I’ve just read a couple of research reports which give a little insight from the perspective of visit organisers. Mark flagged them up to me following his attendance at the Annual National Conference of Visitor

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How to make online friends and influence people…

12/10/2009 Kelly Forbes

Last Thursday saw Sarah, Lucy and I head up to Dundee for the first of our October website workshops. Designed to help members get the most from their presence on our website, the workshops offer hands-on training in updating member pages, adding news and events and how to keep an

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And the award goes to …

12/10/2009 Sarah Burry-Hayes

Arts & Business Awards Evening Glasgow recently hosted the MOBOs and Edinburgh never wishing to be outdone by her sister city hosted the Arts & Business Scotland Awards the following evening. The evening celebrated some of the excellent business and arts partnerships that took place in the 12 months to

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Inspirational research on museums

12/10/2009 Heather Doherty

Alison and I are really pleased to see the Cornerstones of Communities research report now available on our website. This was one of those projects which really inspired us. We know that our member museums are out there doing great work in relation to community engagement, but having some of

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Second briefing session with QIS pilotees

12/10/2009 Alison Turnbull

We held the second briefing session yesterday with QIS pilotees at the Hunterarian Museum.  There was representation from Culture Sport Glasgow, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery and Auchindrain Trust.  It was really useful to work through the issues in a smaller group.  This meant participants had more time to reflect on

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