Popup Museum – Part Two

If you’ve either been around this parts for awhile (in which case I’m sure you’re shocked *I’m* still around these parts) or have perused the…ahem…back catalogue (as it were), you’ll know that just over a year ago I wrote a post about the idea I came back from the Museums Australia National Conference in Melbourne … Continue reading

My Daguerreotype Boyfriend

Nothing like some completely different to snap me into returning to blogging. I just came across this tumblr (note to self: learn more about how people are using Tumblr these days). My first reaction was ‘No…what?!’ then I had a bit of a browse and the whole idea has grown on me. It is, as they … Continue reading

A dose of @TroveAustralia love

Have you used Trove? The idea is simple. Digitize Australia’s newspapers, layer OCR and allow searching, tagging and correcting. It is genius really. You can’t imagine what I can find there that I would never have found in the bad old days of mircofilm. In fact I once had a job with a scope of … Continue reading


Mostly, the posts I write for this blog I’m happy with. I manage to get down what I want to say in a way that seems engaging. I usually spend a bit of time reviewing a post the next day or so after posting to see what I could have done better or differently. I’m … Continue reading

Why I think small museums should have a web presence

I could have titled this post ‘why I think small museums should be online’ but there is increasingly a big difference between having a web presence and being online. These terms used to be pretty much interchangeable but just being there is not the same as having a presence . I see it in the student-teachers I … Continue reading

popup museum – warning rambling ahead!

Here is a video I made: When I attend conferences I try to follow a theme or set of ideas when I choose the sessions I’ll go to. I like to do this because it is often a great way to germinate my own ideas and it works particularly well if the presenters are all … Continue reading

A little light relief

When in doubt, do a website round-up is fast becoming my blogging motto. Today it solves two issues, one, getting a blog post done (after wimping out yesterday) and two, dealing with the 40+ tabs open on my browser with things to read. Most have been tweeted by those I follow, so although I may not have … Continue reading

Archive Surprise

Mostly when I order files and documents at the SRO they are government records, which means they are in a particular format: an old eyelet fastener in the top left corner and cardboard on the front and back. Invariably they have ‘Finished’, ‘Cancelled’, ‘Archive’ or some such word written in red pencil on the front. … Continue reading

First thoughts on Twitter

I need to admit up front that I was extremely hesitant about jumping on the Twitter bandwagon. I had an account but didn’t use it at all. I realise now that I was waiting for someone to tell me why I’d want to use it and explain what it was for exactly. Just 140 characters! … Continue reading

History Sites Roundup

In my travels around the history web, I end up in all sorts of amazing places and discover all sorts of really cool things people are doing around history and technology. Here are some recent finds: At the recent MAWA 2010 conference I heard the very knowledgeable archivists people, Lise Summers and Meg Travers talk about using … Continue reading