Friday, 26 September 2014

Fairlynch... visited by millions! or even billions!!



Give your day a smile! Visit www.facebook.com/Fairlynch


We obviously couldn’t manage to fit them into our tiny little museum, so the headline is only a dream. But it’s a dream that can be easily realised thanks to the Internet.

That’s what the obvious conclusion was at the end of a day’s workshop in Exeter at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum’s offices with Claire Sully and John Brunsdon from Bristol-based Tickbox Marketing  http://www.tickboxmarketing.co.uk/

The firm has been commissioned by the South West Museum Development  Partnership to “deliver digital engagement consultancy and training” to museums across the region.

That just means explaining to museum workers - volunteers included - how things like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and a load of other things that we read about today can be used to show the world what riches we have in even the most modest of our museums.

The audience is already there.  Figures released by the International Telecommunication Union in May 2014 indicate that by the end of the year there will be almost 3 billion Internet users, two-thirds of them coming from the developing world.

Many thanks to Claire and John, and to Susan Eddisford, Community Museums Officer at Exeter City Council, for helping to put the event together.  Fairlynch Museum Treasurer Nick Speare, Membership Secretary Alan Huddart and I had a thoroughly thought-provoking day, with plenty of ideas bounced around and dreams evoked.

We’d love to share some of those ideas with you if you live in the Budleigh area and would like to help make some of those dreams come true. Or even if you live on the other side of the world and remember Fairlynch with affection.

Just drop me a line at mr.downes@gmail.com

Have a look at http://thedigitalmuseum.co.uk/  if you’d like to learn more.




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