Featuring indigenous art and cultures of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, the Musée du Quai Branly is the newest of the major museums in Paris.
We had the opportunity to discuss with Sébastien Magro, New Media Manager at the museum, as well as Candice Chenu, New Technologies Project Manager. We peeked into the projects and the strategy of an institution that is geared toward a use of digital for interpretation and access – in the broadest sense – of its collections.
Even if it celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, the Museum of Romanticism in Madrid is still in a very good shape, at least if judged by its online presence. This “Museum dedicated to the Nineteenth century in the middle of the Twenty-first century” opened in 1924 thanks to the efforts of the second Marquis de la Vega-Inclán, and it still shares the mission of its founder, bringing visitors closer to the life of the Romantic period, when modernity began.
After 8 years of renovation and reorganization of the collections, the Museum reopened in 2009, opening up the institution also to the potential of communication and interaction offered by organizing online events and exploiting the social networks. The Museum of Romanticism was the first among the Spanish museums to use Spotify and organize guided tours specifically designed for art bloggers. Thanks to a digital strategy that aims to engage with the public, and to a direct and friendly tone of voice, the Museum offers its public a 360 degrees visit, both online and off-line (just have a look at their “How romantic are you?” questionnaires, you won’t be disappointed).
We have often presented blogging platforms as an important tool for analysis and support to the non-institutional communication of museums and cultural organizations, seen how they are suited to presenting topics that could hardly find a space in the more traditional and institutional communication. We have also stressed, in more than one occasion, how important it is to have an organic and consistent content strategy.
In a mini-series of two posts, we will explore the world of blogging from within the museum, and listen to the voices and the ideas of professionals who are actually running museum blogs. We will start by introducing the world of Italian museum bloggers and will then pass to the international examples. The intention is to emphasize similarities and differences, common trends and unique characteristics which distinguish this important portion of digital communication. Read more
#Svegliamuseo has kept itself busy this month to celebrate the beginning of Fall: over the next week you will find its team split in between Umbria, Lazio and France to take part to three separate events, and discuss digital communication and cultural heritage.
On Wednesday September 24th from 12.00 to 1.00 EST, Svegliamuseo on Air will be back with an appointment focused on digital engagement for the young crowds and two new guests: James Collins, Digital Media Project Manager at the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, and Kathryn Box, Tate Kids Producer at Tate Digital. Read more
As more and more museums use digital tools to reach new audiences and carry out their activities, reflections on how to structure initiatives and approaches – in synergy with the other more traditional facets of the institution – are becoming necessary. Tate embraced this concept and produced a transparent document (Tate Digital Strategy 2013-15) in which the path of the digital transformation is outlined.