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Social Media Seminar in SEWS

As our work and interactions with users are becoming increasingly digital, we want to help museums understand and make the most of these emerging technologies and to consider how they might affect our practices; influence our corporate identities and develop broader relationships with our audiences.

On 12th December 2012, the Surrey, East & West Sussex Museum Development Team held a Social Media Seminar. It was well attended, with 32 delegates from SEWS, including speakers Kevin Bacon form RP&M, Stephanie Fuller from ACE and Rosie Clarke from Culture24. There was intent listening and some lively debate, and an appetite for more!

Future outputs aiming for: further seminars on Digital Strategy; Digital Assets; Digital Preservation; Creative thinking, and some practical 1-1 support on setting up accounts and digital collections management via Royal Pavilion & Museums specialist on site advice visits with MDOs.

Outcomes for museums: Museums become more active with various popular digital platforms; museums are aware of the changes in digital and their organisational reach and professionalism; museums are using digital to keep collections management and dissemination standards high.

The Museum Development Programme has taken its first steps to raise awareness around all things digital, and so is helping museums to understand what concerns might be relevant to their organisations, and also for museums to be inspired to create digital platforms where they can shout about what they do and connect with new audiences.