#MuseumWeek gives Twitter virtual access to hundreds of museums and galleries across Europe
Museums and galleries across the UK and Europe have joined forces for the first ever #MuseumWeek, a seven-day event playing out on Twitter that will aim to virtually connect the social network’s users to artwork, culture, history and science. Kicking off on 24 March, fans joining in have been promised “direct and unparallelled access to some of Europe’s leading museums and the people behind them in 140-characters bursts.” The Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum and Tate are just some of the establishments to have signed up alongside smaller, regional, museums and galleries like the Roald Dahl Museum, Pembrokeshire’s Tenby Museum and Art Gallery and the Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth. They will all use the hashtag #MuseumWeek in their Tweets for the week and every day there will be a different theme including #MuseumSelfies, #AskTheCurator and #MuseumMemories. Some have also run their own projects, for example the Historic Royal Palaces is set to give users an insight into a day in the life of Henry VIII culminating in a live Twitter Q&A with the former monarch. It is hoped this will offer a real-time, behind-the-scenes look at the organisations, with Jesse Ringham, digital communications manager from Tate, explaining that for galleries and museums today a Twitter presence is “crucial to engaging global audiences in on-going conversations about art and creativity.” More information on #MuseumWeek and the participating organisations can be found here.