#MuseumTwitterati challenge

Thanks to Pierrette Squires @MuseumPierrette I was nominated for the #MuseumTwitterati challenge and immediately set about breaking the deadline rule.
Many of the people I would turn to for advice about matters of import such as how to clean a puffer fish have already been nominated. So I have chosen a list of museum tweeters who I might turn to for energy, enthusiasm and new ideas. Despite Twitter having no geographical boundaries you may sense a slight Cardiff bias in this list. If you can find a Cardiff link to them all you win a prize of a free tour of our conservation labs if you are ever in the area. Here they are in no particular order:
• Museum Mum @vykisparkes – her reviews of museum visits combine all the critical information needed by for visiting with kids from whats on display through  to where is  the nearest play space. She carried out some consultation when she designed the content and actually listened to the feedback!
• Sam and Tanya @SamandTanya are two for the price of one. These two students report on their lives as conservation students and point you on to their blog where you get their view from the hip. Their humour is infectious, if you cannot see them smiling it is because they are wearing a dust mask.
• Christian Baars @LifeOnBaars this tweeter has boundless energy, seemingly limitless enthusiasm and an excellent commitment to re tweeting at any time of the day or night
• Victoria Barlow @vickybarlo Twitter can be a bit distant but I feel like we have shared a journey in our careers and in the last few years shared it all the more because of twitter.
• Courtney Kemnitz @ckconservator Because if you follow her you get to decide on the future conservation of an Iron Age pot. And who doesn’t secretly want to be a conservator? 😉
Rules:
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 (sorry Jan Freedman)
3. Copy and paste the ‘Rules’ and ‘What to do’ information into your own blog post and be sure to cite @TeacherToolkit since 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.

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