Introduction

This project explores how social media interfaces with museums, galleries and other cultural heritage organisations.

It includes a social network (please join!) set up within the Museum 3.0 Ning community, and has run three events considering how we might be using and researching social media within Scottish museums, galleries and universities.

Our open seminar on Social Media for the Scottish Cultural Heritage Sector ran at the National Galleries in Edinburgh on 21 October 2010, with 150 attendees from across the UK. Slides and audio from this successful event are now available on the Resources page.

A follow-up workshop was held on 10 March 2011 at the University of Edinburgh, with 35 attendees from across the UK. This included a talk by Dr Angelina Russo on ‘Social media and museum communication: catching the next wave’, followed by an exploration of Edinburgh’s Old Town by Dr Chris Speed using the iPhone app ‘Walking through Time’.

The final workshop was held in Edinburgh on Thursday 9 June 2011 and took the form of an unconference on the theme ‘In the hands of the user’. The programme is still viewable on our Events page and a resources archive will follow soon.

Funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh, this project is a partnership between the University of Edinburgh, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandNational Museums Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland.