Thursday 17 March was a busy day for the Digital Media team at National Museums Scotland. Not only were I and our Head of Department, Hugh Wallace, leading a social media knowledge exchange workshop with representatives from museums across Scotland, but we were also taking part in Picture a Museum day – talk about social media in action!
Picture a Museum day was a global initiative which encouraged visitors to take photographs at museums all over the world and upload them to a new Flickr group, #MuseumPics. We asked our followers on Twitter, Facebook and Flickr to add their photos, and to tell us their favourite pictures from our Flickr photostream. Here are some of the pics they chose.
We also sent our roving Content Creator, Anita, out into the galleries to take some snaps on the day, to capture the museum at that moment.
With visits to our Flickr page more than doubling that day, the event has been a great success for us, helping us introduce the vast range of our collections – from Aztec pottery to archive photos – to a much wider audience.
Meanwhile, Hugh and I very much enjoyed meeting the enthusiastic delegates at the social media knowledge exchange workshop. This free, informal event, run by our National Partnerships team, allowed us to share our experiences in setting up and running our Twitter, Flickr and Facebook accounts – and of course this blog. If anyone’s interested, we’ve posted the handouts from the session on the website – enjoy!
Let’s hope we encouraged those contemplating dipping a toe into social media waters to take the plunge. It’ll all go swimmingly…