If Cinemas Were Like Museums…or The Importance of Prioritising the Basics

In order to illustrate the importance of collections documentation to meaningful engagement with museums, I wondered what it would be like if cinemas were like museums. For my sins, I’ve worked in both. Cinemas are places where people go to watch films. They also buy popcorn, meet friends, go on dates, but mostly they go there to watch films.

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Why Curators Matter

In the past when people within the museum sector have made a fuss about people outside the sector ‘mis-using’ the word curator, or more often, the verb curate, I have laughed it off. I don’t care if people want to curate their instagram feeds, festival line ups or special menus. I don’t care if, outside the museum, the word is taken to mean ‘choose’, ‘select’ or ‘organise’. The meaning of words changes. Words become trendy, and then passé. Life goes on.

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Muckers and Supermuckers: Reflections on Museum as Muck’s intervention at the Museums Association Festival of Change

‘What a difficult thing a gift is for a woman! She’ll punish herself for receiving it.’ Zadie Smith

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, pt 2

This week there have been a couple of job stories which have been blowing up on twitter, and they tell you quite a lot about where we’re at as a sector.

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back, pt 1

This week there have been a couple of job stories which have been blowing up on twitter, and they tell you quite a lot about where we’re at as a sector.

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