As the first week of 2018 ends, I have been reflecting on how well I have kept up with my New Year’s Resolutions so far (or, as I am trying to think of it, have I made small steps this week towards my wider goals?).
The subject of Museum Studies MAs, volunteering and internships as entry routes into the sector has been buzzing again on my twitter feed and various email lists again lately. The wider subject of tuition fees and student debt has also been in the news. Meanwhile, this week I made the final payment on my own student loan. One of my student loans. Not the undergraduate one which I will likely never pay back. This was a Career Development Loan I took out to pay for (some of) my Museum Studies MA fees, with a hefty fixed monthly payment which started the month after I finished the course, regardless of how much I was earning. (I knew what I was getting into when I signed up to the loan of course, and I have been employed throughout the repayment period, although at times underemployed and not earning very much).
This week I attended a free conference held by the Age Friendly Museum Network at the British Museum. Although I’m not involved in any projects working specifically with older visitors, and my current workplace mostly attracts a younger family audience, I was interested to find out about this topic as it is one that is little discussed in terms of audience development and diversity in museums. I was delighted to find that Scriberia were on hand to record the conference, and my snaps of their fantastic illustrations provide the images for this post.
As a counterpoint to my last post about responding to current events, and the post I wrote for Registrar Trek recently about rapid response collecting, today I am thinking about the benefits for museums of being slow.