SHARE Creative Communities Network

CIMS 100 United

Does your museum want to work more closely with local communities? Do you want to bring in new visitors, improve your reach and build relationships? Diversifying audiences and giving ownership to local communities are both priorities for HLF and Arts Council and this network is a way to bounce around ideas with colleagues, learn from each other and hear about funding and other opportunities. We will meet quarterly through the year and help shape the SHARE programme around community participation.

Our first meeting will be in September at Ipswich Museum. We will be focusing on the new OFBYFOR ALL self-assessment tool and we would ask that attendees’ museums have completed the assessment ahead of the meeting, preferably as a team rather than an individual on their own and ideally including some of your community partners in the process.

In addition to join the network mailing list, please email amy.cotterill@essex.gov.uk. Additionally, please can you let us have your availability for September by completing this poll   

– Amy Cotterill (Essex MDO) and Eleanor Root (Colchester and Ipswich Museums)

What is a Tweetup?

Tweetup (Noun)


“a meeting or other gathering organised by means of posts on the social media website Twitter”

– definition by Google

You may have noticed in the events listing that I organise a quarterly tweetup for “museumy people” (including staff, volunteers and students). They are free to attend and you don’t need any experience or knowledge of social media.

Tweetups are very informal affairs. The ones I organise take place in The Ale House, which is just outside of Chelmsford Station. They start at 5:30pm, but you can join in whenever you turn up. We sit and chat about museums and our experiences, ask each other’s advice and share ideas. Along the way we discuss different digital platforms, including blogs, Facebook, Pinterest… and of course Twitter, and how we can use them in museums, but that is only part of what these sessions are about. They’re really just an informal way to get to meet other people from all different levels of the sector.

The next museum tweetup is on Monday 26th January, and we’re being joined by museum bloggers “Ministry of Curiosity” aka Terri Dendy, Collections Information Officer at the Science Museum, and Kristin Hussey, Assistant Curator at the Hunterian Museum. Their blog has been featured in Guardian Culture Pros, Art Industry Magazine Online and the Museums Journal. At the 2014 Museums Association Conference they ran a discussion session which led to the creation of a Social Media Manifesto.

If you’d like to come along, enjoy a natter and meet new people, you’d be very welcome. If you register on-line here, it helps me know how big a table we’ll need in the pub.