Tempus Fugit

Cant believe I haven't posted since April. Biggest reason for this is ill health. I took 5 weeks off from volunteering for the museum and didn't get back to it till last Friday. I was very touched by the welcome from the volunteers they were truly delighted to see me back.

I am so chuffed with the way the group have carried on and have been working hard on putting together the summer exhibition "High Street History" and working re-labelling the display cases. Well done.

Had a catch up meeting with the two remaining museum professionals. Useful meeting and its clear that I'm going to be forced to behave myself and not do to much. If I don't my wife, senior museums officer and the Friends Chairman will be displeased!

The Falconer Museum has been reviewed in the Museums Journal. I think its a very accurate and fair review. They brought up the problems with labelling and oral history but I'm pleased that we had already picked up on these ourselves and are working on resolving them.

We will be launching the High Street History Exhibition on July 6th - yes a Sunday. The museum is going to be open on Sundays in July and August. The exhibition will include the 5ft plan of the High Street in the 1940s, speech balloons of the collected reminiscences taken from the wee High Street exhibition held in the library in March, various retail artefacts and old photographs of the High Street covering the 20th century. I had hoped to be able to record the reminiscences and play them over the pa system to add another element to the exhibition but as we've only four Fridays to go before the launch everyone else thought we didn't have the time. So, regretfully in keeping with my new 'taking care of myself regime' I wont do it this time.

Seems that the Friends work has been recognised throughout Scotland and The Traditional Boat Festival group from Portsoy want our advice on a new museum they are setting up in an old Salmon Bothy and I hope they will be able to visit us soon. We also been asked to take part in a survey by Chao-Mei Wang, an international student from the University of Leicester on why museums blog.

I am still somewhat disappointed that the blog hasn't been as successful as I would have hoped mostly due to lack of comments and contributions by the other volunteers. To be honest they are not used to working with blogs or computers but I live in hope! I 'll keep posting though even just to act as a diary record of what we're up to. So, if someone's reading this, please, please, leave a comment!


chao-mei said...

Dear Chris,
Thanks for your help.
Please do keep blogging!!!
chao-mei (i am reading...:D)

Sarah Cowie said...

I'm from East Lothian Museums and we do a museums blog too. I also feel your frustration about whether it's worth carrying on. Does anyone actually read what I'm writing?! But then other times I think we should carry on because at some point in the future all museums will have blogs and ours will be well-established by then! Keep up the blogging good work!!

ingrid said...

Hi Chris (and Sarah from East Lothian Museums),
I think there is a big difference between in-house museum blogs and those run by Friends. I help run a Friends blog, and thought we, Friends of Dulwich Picture Gallery, in London, were the only Friends blog in existance - until Chao-Mei alerted me to you! We dont only write about our Gallery, but about its locality - the people and the goings on. So we set the Gallery in the context of its local community. It means it attracts a far wider interest both from readers and contributors. We have about 1,000 hits a week and about 5 co-editors who take the responsibility of uploading 2/3 posts twice a week (our policy)in rotation. My responsibility is to extract material from the Gallery staff, probably 1 postper week. Its difficult! Check us out,http://dulwichonview.org.uk/ and also go to 'who we are' to get an idea of the local people who have been attracted to contribute on a regular basis. Its hard to tell if it actually affects visitor figures, but I think it can only be good for the image of Dulwich Picture Gallery. Might it be worth linking to each other?

Chris said...

Thanks Ingrid. I've looked at your excellent blog and I'm very impressed that you have people to leave a post each week. I'm going to add a link asap.

chao-mei said...

hi~ Dear ALL,
very happy to see you link to each other~:)
keep in touch & Best wishes

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