#MuseumTwitterati Challenge

You may have seen the #TwitteratiChallenge, and the museum spin off #MuseumTwitterati doing the rounds, and what better way to kick off this blog with some props to some of the people who inspire and engage through social media. I’ve had many fine discussion/snarkfest/lamepun interactions on Twitter and rely on it almost daily to keep up with the latest news and happenings from across the museum sector.

I’ve been nominated by friends and colleagues Paolo Viscardi and Helen Parkin (A.K.A @crazymuseumlady) both of whom inspire me back so thanks a lot guys!

The idea of the challenge, a spin off, originally started by @TeacherToolkit to “recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 educators [museologists] should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support“. So here we go.


  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life (ex-colleagues are fine, it’s a small sector and we’d run out of people in no time otherwise).
  2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge or #MuseumTwitterati (a lot of colleagues have already been nominated so apologies for any unwitting double nominations).
  3. Copy and paste the ‘Rules’ and ‘What to do’ information into your own blog post and be sure to cite @TeacherToolkitsince they came up with the idea.

What to do:

  1. Within 7 days of being nominated you must write your own blogpost identifying the top-5 museologists that you regularly go to for ideas, support and challenge. Share this on Twitter using the hashtag #MuseumTwitterati and tag them in – they are thus nominated.
  2. If you do not have your own blog, write your list by hand or on a computer, take a photo/screenshot and upload it to Twitter, tagging the people mentioned (yes, you can do that) and using the hashtag #MuseumTwitterati – they are thus nominated.

My #MuseumTwitterati

Katy Barrett @SpoonsOnTrays– Katy is a one stop museum sector in her own right! Forever in a whirlwind of conferences, exhibition visits and working on exciting projects. Quite how she fits in her day to day work or has the energy for it all I don’t know.

Suse Cairns @shineslike– Much like Katy, Suse is also a person who seems to have endless energy and enthusiasm for all things museological. She asks the tough questions and I strongly recommend you trawl through the museum geek archives for all manner of insightful ponderings on the hows whats and whys of museums.

Trevor Valle @tattoosandbones– Until just now, I only knew Trevor as tattoosandbones. Trevor’s on this list because he is fearless in the face of creationists, celebrities and the odd troll debunking bogus science and receiving a tonne of flak in return. I salute you tattoosandbones Trevor. Keep up the good work.

Natalie Jones @nautilusnat and Vicky Singleton @vulturevicky– Unfairly bundled together here but I hope they won’t mind. These conservators at University Museum of Zoology Cambridge are amazing at showing the day to day life of working in a museum and with an infectious sense of fun. Really putting the University Museum and conservation on the map with social media.

Lucie Graham @LuceGraham– Another conservator. Lucie is a great advocate for conservation in natural history museums and very vocal about how we can improve as a sector. I’ve had lots of thoughtful and controversial discussions over Twitter about trying to improve the status quo.

These are but a tiny slice of my amazing colleagues I engage with on Twitter and all too rarely in real life but they are all well worth a follow!

Oh and welcome to a fistful of cinctans!


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