At the Social Media, What Shall We Do Next session, Nick Booth (Podnosh) asked us, what social media project we had worked on and was most proud of. Here is how we responded, some really great projects.
Jennifer Thompson, Community History Officer, Walsall Museum
Russell Dornan, Biology Curatorial Trainee, Herefordshire and Ludlow Museums
Linda Spurdle, Digital Manager, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Getting museum on board and other people involved, getting curators to join in. “It’s not just me as a lone voice in the wilderness!” Tweeting @LSpurdle.
Linda Ellis, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and various Black Country-wide projects
Geology Matters – twitter and flickr integration is working well. Need enthusiastic amateurs (geologists) to come in when project funding ends. Working with Black Country Geological Society. Wants project to go wider, for example to Stoke and Birmingham.
Linda is working on the Then And Now, site, museum objects and their modern equivalents site. Linda is looking for partners to engage with this.
Neil Lebeter, New Art Gallery, Walsall
Zoe Renilson, Head of Education, New Art Gallery, Walsall
Personally getting on to Facebook was a big step.
Janet Davidson, Cataloguing Kays, University of Worcester
Facebook Page – getting people to contribute pictures and memories. The project celebrates “the history and public memory of Kays Worcester Catalogue by creating a community web-archive of memories and photographs evoked and inspired by an online collection of digitised images taken from 100 years of Kays Catalogues.”
Laura Page, Tourism Project Officer, Wolverhampton City Council
Looking beyond the city – promoting the city beyond the image of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Facebook page in development. Not on Twitter yet. About to start flickr for images of Wolverhampton attractions.
Marie Considine, Gallery Director, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists
Concerned with having to do latest news on the RBSA website. Pleased at keeping up 1 news item a week on the RBSA website. How to build in capacity as well as activity? Wants to drive footfall into the RBSA gallery. How can you create community feel using tech/social media as RBSA audience is now broader than Birmingham?
Malcolm Caston, The Pen Room Museum, Birmingham
Has Facebook page “The Pen Room Museum and Learning Centre of Pen Trade“. Had 1 video contribution. Wants more.
Nicky Stark, Information Manager, Shropshire Council
Pleased with culture change in council in favour of social media. Positive about Facebook Page – not about people living in Shropshire or visiting archives – it’s about worldwide community. Try to bring the archives alive to people. See Shropshire’s social media accounts.
Penny Parkes, Birmingham Assay office
Kate, Marketing Officer, Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton
Grand Memories website (under development and being relaunched) to include user contributions. Proudest achievement – using Facebook and Twitter to draw attention to Grand Memories project and the public contributing their memories to the site.
Emma Cook, Conurbation Museums Officer, Wolverhampton
Maureen Waldron, Assistant Archivist, Sandwell Archives
Proudest moment – tweeting and getting a reply! Involved in Black Country History website.