Museums are no longer just confined to their four walls, all manner of museums are using varied and exciting ways to link up to people who can’t necessarily make it through their doors or who want a sneak peek at what goes on behind the scenes:
- Facebook, Twitter and the like: become a fan of your favourite museums and get updates, sneak peeks and event updates.
- Podcasts: interviews with curators, events that you couldn’t make it to, introductions to exhibitions, in-depth object and period episodes. Try iTunes podcast directory or museumpods.com
- Websites: Have a look at objects that perhaps aren’t on display at the monent, search through educational materials and take some online courses. Museums sometimes have online exhibitions too, showcasing research and commemorating anniversaries.
- Newsletters: Lots of museums have monthly newsletters if you don’t always get around to checking their websites. Added benefits also include vouchers for exhibitions and promotional prices on books etc in the gift shop.
- Become a friend: Most museums have friends association. This will cost you, but will also put you in line for invitations to exhibition openings, friend’s only events, discounts and a warm and fuzzy feeling that you are supporting your favourite museum.
Proper interested in museums and their research? Well, many of the websites have dedicated sections. To get you started:
British Museum: links to online journals, google maps showing the areas of research, news and collection database.
V&A: Conference proceedings, research reports and an in-house online journal.
Tate: Collection online and 4000 online archive items, online journal and research projects.