Wednesday, 19 March 2014

#MuseumWeek trending on Twitter

March 24th-30th sees Whittlesey Museum participating in an international museum event based on the social network Twitter.

During the seven day #MuseumWeek, more than 350 museums, galleries and cultural institutions from across the UK as well as similar organisations from France, Spain and Italy will be tweeting every day to the same hashtags to create a shared museum conversation.

Each day has a different topic to discuss, designed to help readers get "behind the scenes in 140 character bursts". Some of these topics include #MuseumMastermind, in which museums will quiz their followers on their collection knowledge, #AskTheCurator which encourages questions to flow in the other direction and even posting #MuseumSelfies! Whittlesey museum volunteers have already been getting busy posing for theirs....

More information can be found on and by following @WhittleseyMuseu.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

New Curator for Whittlesey Museum

Museum Curator Alex Pearman bid farewell to Whittlesey as of the beginning of March, regretfully giving up his post in preparation for a move abroad. As he left, Alex expressed his grateful appreciation for all the help and support that had been shown him during his previous 18 months at the museum - during which he had made particular progress with museum processes and organisation of the store as well as putting on a successful exhibition about 'the Spike', Whittlesey's old workhouse.

The incoming Curator is Jennifer Barback, who will also be continuing to work part-time at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge where she specialises in documentation. Jennifer has already worked in the museum world for nearly 8 years after completing a first degree in Archaeology and Anthropology at Durham University in 2002. She has also studied Heritage Management and is an associate member of the professional body for museum workers.

Jennifer says "Ever since my Year 10 work experience many years ago, it has been my ambition to work in a folk museum like Whittlesey - I'm really pleased to have the opportunity to join the team and look forward to some exciting times ahead."