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The best networking groups and hashtags for museum curators
4th August 2020
Unlike most sectors, museum curation is very collaborative.
Instead of competing with each other, curators are constantly sharing tips, advice and knowledge at industry conferences and online, particularly on social media platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter.
With this in mind, we wanted to look at the best LinkedIn networking groups and Twitter hashtags for curators and other museum professionals.
This hashtag might only be in heavy use once a year, but it's an essential conversation to follow when it does come around.
Every September, #AskACurator is a one-day Twitter event where museum professionals and enthusiasts come together to talk about a specific topic. Each question generates a huge number of answers from the community, as well as lively discussions on the main issues affecting the museum sector.
Gallerium: the Curator Network
Gallerium has been running for more than a decade, and offers a platform for collaboration, discussion and sharing of all kinds.
"Gallerium [is] the definitive place for all sorts of Arts Organisers to meet and talk, share and collaborate. Tell us what you're working on, or what you'd love to work on, let us know if there's something you're looking for and point us at resources you like."
- Daniel O'Neill, group admin
Given the industry we're in, it's no surprise that we're big fans of the #MuseTech hashtag.
We believe that technology has played and will continue to play a vital role in changing the way museums and galleries promote their collections. Whether it's digital asset management or VR technology, you'll find loads of content around the latest and most revolutionary museum tech developments.
The Museum Marketing group is a must for any curator or museum professional who wants to improve how they promote their collections and events.
It's a noncommercial group, which means you don't have to worry about vendors trying to sell their products or services - any posts like this will be removed. All you'll find here are people from the industry sharing tips and advice on marketing their museums.
Want to discover some best practice tips for promoting your museum and collections on social media? You need to be following #MuseSocial.
It's a great resource for inspiration, with curators and other museum professionals showcasing some excellent examples of social media marketing.
Rethinking the Museum
"Rethinking the Museum" was a research document put together by the North West Fed, in partnership with Renaissance North West, MLA and National Museums Liverpool, and this is the LinkedIn group dedicated to it.
Research, case studies and links to other resources are available, while 'seeded questions' kick off interesting debate around the future of the museum sector. This group encourages 'radical thinking', and it's fascinating stuff for museum curators looking to innovate.