#MuseumTwitterati Challenge

I haven’t blogged in YEARS! My life and career have moved on considerably and I feel like I am always horrendously busy and blogging is just too much work – but that’s just poor excuses so I am going to quick start a new blogging journey with one of these challenge things

Now I wouldn’t normally do things like this BUT I have the hugest respect for my nominator @mark_carnall and when I thought about it, it was very easy to come up with 5 inspirational social media bods

So to quote the challenge via Mark…

The idea of the challenge, a spin off, originally started by @TeacherToolkit to “recognise your most supportive colleagues in a simple blogpost shout-out. Whatever your reason, these 5 [museologists] should be your 5 go-to people in times of challenge and critique, or for verification and support“. So here we go.


  1. You cannot knowingly include someone you work with in real life (ex-colleagues are fine, it’s a small sector and we’d run out of people in no time otherwise).
  2. You cannot list somebody that has already been named if you are already aware of them being listed on #TwitteratiChallenge or #MuseumTwitterati (a lot of colleagues have already been nominated so apologies for any unwitting double nominations).
  3. Copy and paste the ‘Rules’ and ‘What to do’ information into your own blog post and be sure to cite @TeacherToolkitsince they came up with the idea.

What to do:

  1. Within 7 days of being nominated you must write your own blogpost identifying the top-5 museologists that you regularly go to for ideas, support and challenge. Share this on Twitter using the hashtag #MuseumTwitterati and tag them in – they are thus nominated.
  2. If you do not have your own blog, write your list by hand or on a computer, take a photo/screenshot and upload it to Twitter, tagging the people mentioned (yes, you can do that) and using the hashtag #MuseumTwitterati – they are thus nominated.

My #MuseumTwitterati

Bethany Palumbo @bethany_bug – Bethany is a friend and fellow nat hist conservator. She is a great advocate for natural history and conservation, and in difficult times she is one of the pioneers in making this specialism more professional. She’s was an inspiration for me before I met her, but even more so now.

Annette Townsend and Jules Carter at National Museum Wales@NatHistConserve – Well they literally set the bar we need to strive toward in nat hist conservation. The loveliest people with the greatest skills. You just need to look at the pictures they post on twitter to believe it

University Museum of Zoology Cambridge @ZoologyMuseum – My pals Natalie and Vicky (conservators) have already been nominated (see rules!) but I need to include them somehow. The Zoology museum account retweets from them, loads of their colleagues and includes lots of volunteer work which I really enjoy. They are a hive of activity and I can’t wait to visit!

Donna Young @herbariumdonna – Curator of Herbarium at National Museums Liverpool, Donna is another fantastic advocate for nat sci and always speaks so enthusiastically. I grew up around Liverpool and I have an affinity for the museums there, and Donna is one of their best social media voices. We forced her to join up to twitter at SPNHC/NatSCA 2014 and she’s been making the most of it ever since.

Pierrette Squires @MuseumPierrette – I have only recently followed Pierrette on Twitter but I have seen her speak a couple of times and been very inspired. She’s a trustee for @ICON and offers hugely helpful, down-to-earth and realistic advice about career progression.


So its conservation heavy but I find myself inspired by all of them, and most importantly I enjoy their tweets!

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