Today’s a snow day and the boredom is starting to get to me. I’m looking to follow some new people. So what are your suggestions for some good tumblrs, either history, museum or art related? And please don’t suggest yourself, even though I’m sure you’re all pretty darn cool. Thanks!
Before I publish my next post, may I express my complete hatred for the new format. I got it on Sunday and I’ve had a headache ever since. I have wasted many hours (and time is precious to me) trying to figure out this shit. Not only figuring out how photos work, which makes me want to scream, because it seems only desktop pics work at the moment (what? no urls?) or if you post only one photo the entire text turns into one huge link. But also figuring out to correctly link with twitter, which doesn’t seem to work if you have something in the queue and then need to change something. Poof! There goes the tweety bird. Gone forever! Making me take the extra step to add the link by signing on to twitter. Then the text posts were giving me trouble as uploaded or copied pictures just seemed to disappear. I am not trying to be difficult or dramatic, but the easiness of the old format is sorely missed and if my problems continue I might have to abandon this blog or just post annoying cat gifs. I don’t fucking know. Uh.
Lots and lots of questions over the last 24 hours. I really enjoyed the person asking for museum recommendations whilst visiting London as well as a Welshie who thought I was a real life Brit. Ha! Anyway, I’ve decided to publish one…
silverthorninbloodyrose asked: What exactly does the job of a museologist entail? Would anyone hire a museologist?
I’ve answered this question before and I’ll do it again, because I feel it is my museological duty. So here we go:
Sarcastic answer: A bunch of academics were desperate to come up with an excuse to not have to go out into the real world and get a real job so they created another bullshit program that would let them write more dissertations no one would read. Shit like “Curating Cities as Text: Contesting Art using Literary Narrative, Visual Practices and Narrative” and “Museum Displays and the Five Senses” (I didn’t make that last one up, believe it or not). If you have about $20,000 to $30,000 to spare, expect to receive a degree, hardly worth the paper it’s written on, providing it’s cheap, useless paper.
Serious answer: Museology is the science of collecting, arranging and managing objects for museums as well as the cultural study of their establishment and development within society. There are definitely some “great” graduate programs out there, probably the most famous one is at the University of Leicester. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong one in another part of England. But if luck is on your side and you know the right people, you can work in any department of a museum as a museologist - museum history, archives/collections, education programs etc. A museum wouldn’t necessarily hire someone to work specifically as a “museologist” but they’re definitely interested in someone who has studied in that particular field. Cheerio!
If any of you care about this kind of shit, and probably none of you do, please let me inform all you lovely museologists that I have a new custom domain - http://thisbelongsinamuseum.com.
Guess this means things are getting serious, eh?
Now that This Belongs in a Museum has over 20,000 followers I’d like each of you to send me a dollar. Even the spam bots, who can send Monopoly dollars. I’ll accept any form of currency. This blog needs to pay its rent, or the lights and temperature controls will be turned off by tumblr. You understand, right? Thanks.
Lovely exchange of messages with tehgunslinger over my recent post on Christopher Hitchens meets Twitter. I wish more people were willing to talk respectfully and actually listen to each other…yeah, I’m talking to you, Congress. Anyway, just wanted to say thank you to my followers. You’re all interesting and I am sure most of you have a story to tell. And I know I come across as a bit judgmental on this blog sometimes, but it’s all in the name of fun. If you met me in person, that’s hardly the case. So Happy Holidays! (yes, that’s politically correct, but everyone is different so suck an egg, Joe Walsh) Oops…that was a bit harsh, but considering the dude never listens to his constituents (including some of my family) I don’t really care. Maybe I should say Happy Festivus!