Meet a Museum Blogger

Meet a Museum Blogger: the museum goer

the museum goer is new to the museum bloggersphere but not to the museum worldHaving worked on a number of curatorial projects and gained a Masters in Curating, the museum goer now works freelance, focusing on more selective projects and on the newly launched blog.

photo the museum goerDo you work in a museum? If not, where do you work? Tell us about your job.

I’m currently a freelance curator and researcher (I’m also involved in conservation). My upcoming project will be to carry out some conservation work for a 1930’s Modernist house in London. I’m also finishing a research project I did for an 18th Century house. Going freelance has given me the space to start the museum goer blog.

What’s your educational background?

I did a foundation in art and design, specialising in contemporary fine art,  and I then went on to do a Masters in Curating. The Masters was a very exciting experience and gave me the opportunity to work on a number of international projects. However, I think the biggest thing I gained from it was meeting like-minded people.

What was your ‘sticky’ moment?

It was just after I finished doing my foundation in art and design. I went to a museum in London as I was invited to have a chat about volunteering there. I got a bit lost and asked a Gallery Assistant for directions. I was a little early, so the Gallery Assistant asked if I wanted to go into an exhibition as there was a Curators talk taking place. I thought, why not. So, I went along to the talk and there were only about 5 other people there; it was all fairly intimate. The talk was being given by some Curatorial graduates who had curated the very exhibition I was standing in. I was completely enthralled with everything they were saying. I realised at that point that curating was absolutely the job for me. Three years on, I found myself graduating with a Masters in Curating with a Distinction.

What is the name of your blog? How long have you been blogging?

It’s called, the museum goer. The name just sort of came to me whilst I was making a cup of tea one day! I’ve been blogging since March 2013, so it’s still in its infancy. For work related reasons, I recently spent about three months living outside of London (and in the woods!). I had absolutely no Internet and the nearest place to grab some was the pub, which was about a 40 minute walk away. So I tried to get down there as often as I could.

What do you blog about? Why?

I use the blog to note my thoughts on the museum sector. I want it to be a place where both museums and the museum going crowd can find useful. I let myself be inspired in regards to the content and this can happen from an experience at a museum, a conversation with a colleague, or a chat with a visitor. I’ve also begun writing reviews of places I visit – I’m trying to focus these on the entire museum going experience rather than just the content on display. I think my curatorial experience will help me shape my blog. I’ve got one or two creative ideas I’d like to give a go. Watch this space!

What’s your most read blog post? Tell us about it.

Judging by the number of comments I’ve received for it, I’d say it’s a post I wrote giving visitors advice on what they can do to get around a ‘no photography, videography, or sketching’ policy in an exhibition. It’s one of those challenges that I love thinking about. I think my best piece of advice was to record your voice as you experience an exhibition. Let me know if you give it a go!

What’s the last exhibit you saw?

I went to the Designs of the Year 2013 exhibition at the Design Museum last week. It was the closing weekend for the exhibition, so I hurried down there. I’ve been going to Designs of the Year exhibitions for the past four years or so and I always find it an incredibly rewarding experience. The design objects on display are so intelligent and you walk away feeling both inspired and informed. This year the exhibition invited visitors to vote on their favourite design object, which I thought was a very good idea. I walked in with a different purpose if you like, I spent that much longer observing the exhibits and understanding them. After much deliberation, I voted for ‘Candles in the Wind’, a lighting installation by Moritz Waldermeyer UK for Maurer, Germany. I shot a small film of it via Instagram, you can find details on my blog.

What’s the last thing you bought at a museum gift shop?

A postcard! I’m a sucker for them. I almost always send them to my friends. If you’d like to receive a postcard from me, I’d be more than happy to oblige! E-mail me your postal address:

Do you tweet? Why or why not?

I do! To share museum experiences & thoughts & to learn about other peoples. Twitter is equally as engaging as it is enjoyable #lovetwitter

(I answered that question in 140 characters!)  You can follow me @themuseumgoer

Share one piece of advice for those interested in working in the museum field:

My career started out volunteering and I quickly progressed into a paid position and then a more senior position. It was sheer motivation and initiative that got me there. Try and be involved and active as much as you can. Best of luck!

Thanks for participating in Meet a Museum Blogger, museum goer!

In case you missed it, museum goer blogs at the museum goer (easy, right?).

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