Progress this week…

Interviews have been arranged with four Manchester museums as part of my dissertation research. All very different hopefully this process will give an insight into how they are utilising social media for audience development at this time. They are;

@McrMuseum – Built in the 1880s Manchester Museum houses The University of Manchester’s collections of natural history, Egyptology, archaeology and anthropology. Currently in the process of updating their Mammal Gallery (opening mid-2011) and archaeology and Egyptology galleries with the intention to redevelop them in time to celebrate the centenary of the opening of the first Egyptology gallery, in October 2012. You can read more about the Musuem’s journey via the blogs Ancient World Manchester and Nature Manchester.

@voiceofmosiMOSI showcases the history of the city’s science and industry. Currently redeveloping their main building which is expected to reopen during late 2010. The space will include a new gallery Revolution Manchester that will tell the story of the city.

@PHMMcr – Showing that ideas have always been worth fighting the People’s History Museum charts the history of democracy in the UK over the last 200 years. After undergoing a £12.5 million redevelopment (closing to the public back in October 2007) the museum reopened during March 2010.

@footballmuseum – Formally housed in Preston the National Football Museum closed earlier this year ready for a move to Manchester. The museum is to be housed in the former home of Urbis and will open in late 2011.

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