March 24th – 30th saw the first ever #museumweek. Hundreds of museums and galleries from across the UK and Europe came together on Twitter to highlight the great work that is being done in Museums behind the scenes and to make the work that the museums do more transparent to the general public.
#museumsweek started on Monday March 24th and each day had a specific topic:
Day One: #dayinthelife
Day Two: #museummastermind
Day Three: #museummemories
Day Four: #behindtheart
Day Five: #askthecurator
Day six and seven: #museumselfie
Over 20 museums and galleries across Wales took part during the week. Here are some example tweets from the museums that took part:
@abermuseum #behindtheart – Our temporary exhibition gallery meets National Security Standards thanks to Welsh Government Grant in 2007 #museumsweek
Twitter UK has also shared a couple of stats from the past week, with this one in particular catching the eye:
• There have been more than 215,000 mentions of #MuseumWeek and related terms since the initiative launched on March 11th
#museumweek has been heralded a great success and even The Guardian had a dedicated live blog during the week: http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/2014/mar/24/museum-week-uk-2014-live-blog
Wales-specific coverage included a piece on S4Cs Prynhawn Da on Monday 24th March. You can still view the programme following this link, the piece on Museums Week starts at about 15 minutes in: http://www.s4c.co.uk/clic/e_level2.shtml?programme_id=518318474
Also, throughout the week the Daily Post was tweeting using the #museumweek.
#museumweek was a great success, roll on next year for an even bigger and better week!