Webwise 2014

These are some notes from keynote speaker Nick Poole’s presentation at the WebWise conference in Baltimore in February 2014.

Keynote – Nick Poole – Collections Trust. Here is a transcript of the full keynote address.

Local. Emotional. Personal. Relevant.


Red Location Museum in New Brighton in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

  • Guardian article about the museum.
  • No one story about Apartheid
  • Personal memory boxes – each has a story – only works if people bring personal stories
  • Focus on civic action

We are in an attention economy – relationships are most important


Operation War Diary
Put up 100 dairies on the first day, after 5 days 85 were transcribed

Screenshot of Operation War Diary


Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum ( what is an ecomuseum?)

Although well established, primarily in France, Italy and Sweden where it was developed in the 1970s, the term ‘ecomuseum’ is still a somewhat new concept in the UK.  (There are over 600 ecomuseums worldwide, in places as diverse as Japan, Spain, Iran, China and Canada.)

An ecomuseum is a community driven venture that links together existing and new attractions to help preserve the heritage and traditions of local communities around a central theme. The theme of the Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum is, of course, the Battle of Flodden.

The Flodden 1513 Ecomuseum is the first in England, the first cross-border ecomuseum in Britain, and the second to be established in Scotland.

An ecomuseum aims to support and empower the community to develop and manage its own heritage, helping it to conserve it’s resources and traditions, while encouraging tourist and community members alike to enjoy visiting and utilising ecomuseum sites.

We need to represent multiple perspectives – layers and complexity

Design projects with users in mind


Museum of Liverpool
Strategic  mission includes “act as agent of social change”

Inclusion and shared ownership vs. Possessive in wording is important, “our” collections

COPE = create once publish everywhere

People don’t need to understand what we do or how we do it


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