I've still been puzzling over exactly over a definition of a museum and am rather coming to the conclusion that so many museums try to be all things to all men (and women) that they forget one rather important thing - the objects. However, I have to say that my visit the V&A reassured me that there are still places you can go where you can look at things. And again (however) I still don't that that great museum as an educational or an aesthetic environment. I don't want to use that word 'institution' because that's a word with far too loaded a meaning.
On another note (literally) my arrangement of Grieg's Holberg Suite for flute choir is nearly finished and should be online soon.
It's about time I made another visit to a museum to look at some more things. I thought I might go to the V&A and have another #mymuseumvisit. My research seems to be at a funny stage at the moment where I have all sorts of ideas partly thought out but still rather lacking an overall connection.
I've been thinking about an answer to the question 'What is a museum?'. The possibilities seem endless and the best answer I have at the moment, which I think I will definitely have to use in my writeup is:
A musuem is any institution which refers to itself as such.
However, I'm still undecided about the inclusion of the word 'institution', which has far too many connotations and preconceptions.
Just back from my first '#mymuseumvisit' and everything worked really well. I took quite a number of pictures of objects I liked and found interesting and tweeted them all! The Science Museum even sent me a tweet to say thank you.
What surprised me the most was that I saw objects that must have there since I was a child, but had either never seen before or had completely forgotten about. Perhaps the best example of this was the James Watt cast and mould of an urn.
It's going to be quite a problem getting data because the popularity of the objects seems to range from no interest at all to completely surrounded. I guess that's why the ship models are no longer on display. Farewell, Deep Sea Diver! Goodbye, Clocks! Nice to have known you, Combine Harvester!
I now have my Tumblr link up and running. Several failed attempts to use the Tumblr's 'share' buttons later and I hit upon the novel idea of just using the URL of the blog. Hmm, I wonder if anyone's ever thought of doing that before!
At last my website up and running. Not quite with all the content I would like at the moment, but getting there slowly. The next thing is get my Tumblr site going properly so I can use it as part of my research. Just tested the website survey, though, and that works a treat!.
Music is going quite well, though. 'Lament' for flute and piano is almost ready to be postedand an arrangement of Grieg's Holberg Suite for flute choir is almost ready as well.
...and I've worked out a way of collecting data for my research. Hooray for iPad and Filemaker.