On 24th March 2014 Twitter will start it’s Europe-wide #MuseumWeek event. Four of the University of Reading museums and special collections will be joining in.
The Herbarium (RNG) – will be hosting students, staff and visitors who will contribute their work and experiences – Do please follow our Twitter account @RNGherb!
M 24 Day 1 – A day in the life of a Herbarium user (#DayInTheLife)
– MSc Plant Diversity – write about their experience using the herbarium for their assessed mini monograph/ learning plant families etc.
T 25 Day 2 – Test your knowledge – which plant family? (#MuseumMastermind)
– To be led by the MSc Plant Diversity group who will choose specimens of plant families and tweet about diagnostic characters – a challenge in 140 characters or fewer! They will also be tweeting photos of RNG specimens.
W 26 Day 3 – Living collections – tweet the MSc blogs (#RUtrop)
– MSc students can each in turn tweet about the plants featured in their tropical blogs & link through – e.g. http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/tropical-biodiversity/2014/02/the-worlds-most-wonderful-weed/ These are all plants in our living collections that extend the herbarium collections.
T 27 Day 4 – Buildings behind the art (#BehindTheArt)
– Immy Smith, our Symbiosis project artist – will be tweeting about an artist’s experience of the Herbarium facilities based on her use for the Symbiosis project http://imaginingscience2013.blogspot.co.uk/p/immy-smith.html
F 28 Day 5 – Live from Spain – (#AskTheCurator)
– The Curator – Alastair Culham will be tweeting plant images from our Spanish field course and Sue Mott and a team of volunteers will be trying to find specimens of those species in RNG to provide ID and comment
S 29 Day 6 – Museum selfies (#MuseumSelfies)
– a day of people taking photos of themselves in the Herbarium – perhaps with their favourite collection in the background!
S 30 Day 7 – Constraint drives creativity (#GetCreative)
– Immy Smith – the Symbiosis project and its outputs will feature images from the pages of the Symbiosis project book which is currently being completed in the Herbarium.
See also the MERL museum week plans.