Tagged: Social Media

Teen Twitter Takeover Day

From Kids in Museums:

Log on to Twitter on Friday 11 August and you’ll find it full of young people’s voices as cultural and heritage sites across the UK have their social media accounts taken over for Teen Twitter Takeover. Will your organisation be joining in?

You can use our Twitter factsheet and Tweetsheet to help you plan and gain tips on how to take part as well as our So Where Do We Find Young People? factsheet to help you find a group to work with. 

Teen Twitter Takeover is a perfect way to get young people involved with your venue and can be used a springboard into a wider project for Takeover Day, taking place on 17 November 2017.

It’s great fun, a brilliant profile-raising activity and will help organisations understand their young visitors better enabling staff from different departments to work together.

See what happened in 2016 by reading the Storify here and in 2015 by clicking here.

Already have plans to take part? Register here!

Want to know more? Visit our website.


2017 Social Buzz Awards

The Social Buzz Awards celebrate and reward the best in social media communications in the UK. By rewarding effective social media campaigns and strategies, these awards give recognition to those who are using social media to communicate in exciting and innovative ways.

Any individual, agency, company or business producing effective social media strategies and campaigns or using social media in an innovative and exciting way is eligible. Applications are open internationally.

Judges will be looking for:

  • evidence of clear strategic thinking
  • innovation
  • tangible results
  • proof of effectiveness
  • creativity.

The deadline for submitting an entry is 1 September 2017.

All entries must have been live to market at some point between 5 August 2016 and 1 September 2017.

Find out more at: 


Beyond the Hashtag: Social History taking on the Social Network

On Monday November 23 at Leeds Discovery Centre, The Social History Curators Group are hosting a seminar exploring and developing new ways to use collections creatively through social media.

This creative and practical day will encourage you to think about using your collections online in new ways. A panel of experts will invigorate how you currently use social media and introduce you to some handy hints and tips to transform how you can engage with your audiences online.

A range of different case studies will be used to provide insights into projects that have cleverly harnessed the power of social media to engage with audiences with collections.

Experts on the day will include, Liz Chadwick and Kitty Ross from Leeds Museums and Galleries, Adrian Murphy from Horniman Museum and Gardens, Helen Farrar of Bradford College Textile Archive, & Sarah C Jane from Falmouth University & University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus

Participants of the seminar are encouraged to bring along a social media idea you would like to develop for your own organisation with help from experts and other delegates.

Tickets for the event are £30 for Members of the Social History Curators Group
£40 Non members

Booking details are available here

A Short Introduction to Social Media

Manchester Art Gallery
Friday 27th March
10:00 – 12:00

Museums are more reliant than ever to engage audiences via social media and we have set-up this event to give you and your colleagues ideas on how to get started. Working alongside Manchester Art Gallery this sessions aims to give you a quick insight into social media and will look at:

  • Introductions ­ what do you want to get from today?
  • What’s my motivation here? Looking at the drivers for social media activity, choosing the channel, finding the voice ­ examples of practice that have worked for us
  • How do we do this again? Policy and practice ­ guidelines to keep everyone safe, dealing with issues, and planning and delivery
  • Why are we doing this again? Analytics, what’s important to you, how do you measure it?
  • Next steps and final questions

To book a place please visit our eventbrite page

Teen Twitter Takeover


Take part in Teen Twitter Takeover on Wednesday 27th August, a day where teens help to run your twitter feed.

It’s an opportunity to start a conversation and to highlight the positive benefits of taking part in Take Over Museum Day. This year it takes place on Friday 21st November 2014

From curators to cafe workers, visitor welcome hosts to tweeters, Kids in Museums are looking forward to teenagers taking charge.


-Recruit a young person/people for the day

– Pass this onto your networks e.g. youth forums

Invite them to

          Take over your twitter feed for the day


Use our top tips guide to tweet about

          What makes a good Take Over Museums Day

          What they are doing for Take Over Museums Day 2014


On the 27th August

          Please join the conversation and get your organisation to tweet and retweet on the day

          Use the hashtag #takeoverday @takeovermuseums @Kidsinmuseums

Get in touch

          Contact Kids in Museums by Tuesday 29th July to let us know who will take part

Book now! Kids in Museums Workshops


Family Fortunes Workshop 10th September 2014, People’s History Museum, Manchester

Teen Workshop, 3rd October 2014, London Transport Museum, Covent Garden

Youth Panel Workshop, 6th October 2014, Geffrye Museum, London



Friends of the Harris blog shortlisted for UK Blog Awards

The Friends of the Harris Museum blog has been shortlisted for the UK Blog Awards 2014.  The blog is up for the Best Arts & Culture blog by a company or organisation and can be found at www.friendsoftheharris.tumblr.com.

The public have voted for it as one of their favourites and it’s now into the final 11 blogs in the running to win, up against competition from organisations such as Tate and The British Library amongst others. It is one of the few blogs in the country that is written by and for museum friends.

Greta Krypczyk-Oddy, Chair of the Friends says, “There was a very long list of arts and cultural organisations that entered, so we are really delighted to be shortlisted.  We think the combination of behind the scenes information, event updates and pictures and reviews by members has given the blog a range of exciting content which people really enjoy reading.  We’re grateful to everyone who voted for us; now we just have to wait for the expert judging panel to make the final decision!”

The Friends of the Harris Museum & Art Gallery were founded in 1972. They provide financial assistance to the museum through membership fees, donations and fundraising.  Members are also great ambassadors and champions of the Harris Museum and many volunteer their time and expertise to help too.

The blog began in March 2013 and is written by museum staff and members of the Friends. It reviews events and exhibitions, shares news and comments, gives members sneak peeks of exhibition installations, and lets them know about upcoming events exclusive to them.  It provides a behind the scenes insight into the museum and hence complements the Harris website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, providing an added dimension to Friends’ membership.

The UK Blog Awards are being held for the first time in 2014, having been created in response to the ever growing relevance of blogging in people’s lives, both personal and professional. The awards will celebrate talent and creative excellence across a variety of 12 UK Industries which include Arts & Culture, Food & Drink, and Travel.

Between Monday 3rd February and Monday 24th February 2014 the shortlisted blogs were judged by the UK Blog Awards professional panels comprising Claire Barlow from Arts & Business and Richard Moss from Culture 24. The winners will be announced on 25th April.

To find out more about UK Blog Awards visit:


Website link to Friends of the Harris Blog page:


UK Blog Award

The National UK Blog Awards 2014 are the only Blog Awards recognising a multitude of industry professional talent across the UK. The UK Blog Awards provide a unique opportunity for individual professionals from their sector and organisations to be recognised for their social media achievements through blogging, with the chance to network and be inspired by other industry bloggers.

2014 will be the first year in existence for the National UK Blog Awards 2014. The UK Blog Awards has been created to recognise true viral style and creative excellence across a variety of 12 UK Industries; Arts & Culture, Automotive, Digital & Technology, Education, Events, Food & Drink, Health, Lifestyle, PR, Marketing – Media & Comms., Retail & Fashion, Travel, Weddings. http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/