Friday, July 29, 2011

Quality Tweets

Since finally joining Twitter two weeks ago, I've come across a lot of fascinating people that I never would have met otherwise. Apart from all the UCL students I've begun following/stalking, there are three people in particular whose tweets I look forward to the most, whose work really fascinates me, and who I would totally want to have tea with:

Steven Lubar, Director of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology and Director Brown University's Public Humanities Program:

Prof. Lubar recently started blogging about the behind the scenes features at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. I've interned at museums and read a lot about them, but this blog is a really interesting, entertaining, and informative perspective that gives you the bigger picture of a museum as seen by a director working constantly to improve and educate. On Twitter, Prof. Lubar's tweets and retweets on various issues and articles are always useful and sometimes pretty funny.

Nina Simon, Executive Director of The Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz, California; author of The Participatory Museum:

Nina Simon's blog, Museum 2.0, is another great look at the inside operations of a museum, but this time from a smaller museum on a different coast. Ms. Simon has blogged about everything from the financial difficulties The Museum of Art and History has faced and the challenges she's had to hurdle in dealing with a museum as a business to the ridiculousness of exclamation points in museum displays. She even has a book, The Participatory Museum, which she has made available for free on the book's website. (However, I encourage you to buy it, also.) Her tweets have confirmed that, yes, she is the kind of person I would def want to be friends with.

Graham Taylor, Experiment Archaeologist and Master Potter at Potted History:

As described by his website, England, Graham Taylor offers demonstrations, workships, talks, lectures, replicas, and reconstructions in his specialties, prehistoric, Roman, and Anglo-Saxon pottery. On Twitter, he talks about pottery and his work with funny tweets like, "Making Bronze Age Beakers today for an "Emergency Order"! When did you last hear the phrase "Quick someone get me a beaker"???"

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