Users, Fans and Followers
I gave my first paper about my work at the Museum of Zoology on Friday, at the University of Newcastle. This one-day workshop bought together university researchers, policy makers and museum, gallery and heritage practitioners to discuss digital cultural engagement in the sector. The event was funded by the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund and was organised by the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) at Newcastle University, in collaboration with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.
The event examined how cultural institutions can encourage and sustain significant levels of public engagement via their social media platforms, and offered opportunities for discussion and insights into the value of digital cultural engagement.
Here’s the abstract from my paper:
The AHRC Connecting with Collections project at the University of Cambridge has linked six early career researchers with one of the University museums, allowing them to undertake an individual research project. Lorna Richardson has been working at the Museum of Zoology and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology since February 2013. Her research examines the possibilities and potential of digital technologies for public engagement at both museums. This paper will explore the activities undertaken during the research project to extend the public reach of the Museums, especially through the use of Wikipedia and blogging. It will reflect on the use of these technologies and platforms in public archaeology in the UK, using data gathered during Lorna’s PhD research at the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities.
And here’s a Storify of the Tweets from the day itself: https://storify.com/lornarichardson/users-fans-and-followers-univeristy-of-newcastle-7