The Puget Sound is home to plenty of great museums, but the price of admission can sometimes keep potential visitors away. This weekend, though, the Smithsonian is helping cover the cost with Museum Day Live!
The Museum of London (MoL) has confirmed that it will make 17 posts redundant in order to address a deficit to its operating budget.
The museum needs to reduce its budget by £1m before April 2014 and said that shrinking its workforce was the only realistic way to cut year-on-year fixed costs.
The redundancies will hit a range of functions and levels across the organisation. The museum said it plans to axe all of its dedicated oral historian posts and focus on “digital collecting”.
MoL will also cut its specialist community collaboration team and plans to embed community work throughout the organisation rather than in a specific department.
A spokesman from MoL said: “Our approach to community collaboration and inclusion, and to collecting oral history is changing.
"Community work will be embedded in how we work across the organisation rather than a delivered through a specialist team. A new approach to community work will be developed within the context of our strategic plan and audience development strategy.
“With regards to oral history, due to pressures on its resources the museum has decided at this point to focus on digital collecting and move away from direct life stories recording. Therefore the delivery of the digitised oral history collection will be added to the responsibilities of the digital curator.”
"This past Tuesday I attended a panel discussion titled Will Gaming Change the Way We Learn? (full video above) sponsored by Zócalo Public Square and held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. (And kudos to MOCA, Zócalo is fairly awesome and it’s nice to see them convening in a museum space.) More and more museums, as well as schools and other educational institutions, are becoming interested in the educational potential of games. Full disclosure – it was games that sparked my initial interest in digital education. Several years ago, while in grad school, I began reading about the work of Jane McGonigal, Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future. McGonigal maintains that games are powerful instigators of motivation and happiness for people, which is why folks will dedicate hours upon hours to mastering games. This feature of gaming, termed “stickiness”, is what has caught the interest of many educators. After all, anyone playing a game has to learn a lot – all the rules of the game, all the strategies, all the secret spaces."
Museums and galleries should be using new technologies and media to teach, engage and immerse visitors in the art they are viewing, says Local Projects founder Jake Barton.
Speaking at Wired 2012 about the future of cities, Barton explained how he was given the opportunity to help the Cleveland Museum of Art achieve this using touchscreens, live cameras and video, turning visitors into the curators of their own experience in the process.