Sunday, December 21, 2008


Heritance Weekly Member Update (WEMUP)

TWITTER: Follow developments at Open Museum online on the Twitter account “OM_o”

OPEN MUSEUM ONLINE, OM_o: Alpha testing is underway for three pilot exhibits. OM_o is building a fourth exhibit, Sculpturefest 2008. It is possible to view the site, at this time, but not register till 2009. Note the new abbreviation is OM_o, the same as the twitter account name.

BLOG IN-HERITANCE: From now on, the WEMUP news will also appear on the Blog/news page of the Heritance website &

BLOG OM_o: Open Museum online (OM_o) has named its blog “Museums without Borders”. To read the latest post “Won’t OM_o steal my visitors?”

CONFERENCES & DEMOS: OM_o has submitted an application to do an OM_o demo at ‘Museums and the Web 2009’ (MW), April 14-18 in Indianapolis, Indiana. MW is the largest international conference devoted to the exploration of art, science, natural and cultural heritage on-line:

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Changing Faces: Museums & Community

A recent study conducted by Museum Insight Audience finds that only 11% to 21% of core visitors to museums find that the museum adequately reaches out to the community and connects with it. And that is "core visitors"! "Non core visitors", which is a growing segment of the total population, doesn't think museums connect at all.

MIA points to the need for museums to build a strong relationship with their communities: The face of the American population is changing rapidly; as the proportion of Americans who comprise the traditional museum audience will shrink considerably over the next thirty years. Building a strong relationship with the local community is an important method of creating and maintaining relevance to an evolving audience.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sporting events or museums: did you know...?

.. that according to the same NPR article mentioned earlier today, over 6 times as many people attend museums as major-league sporting events? About 140 million people in the U.S. will attend sporting events this year; about 840 million attended museums last year. Of course, many more watch sports online, but that's instead of attending. On the other hand online museums "serve as teasers"', actually inspirintg people to visit real-life exhibits.

npr: 'The Memory of Mankind'

On November 24, National Public Radio launched a series on museums in the 21st century . The first broadcast, which you can hear now tells the story of what the former Director of the Met, Philippe de Montebello, calls "The Memory of Mankind". The story wends its way from the ancient Greeks (who coined the term "mouseion", a temple to the Muses, who kept watch over the arts and sciences) up to the Museum of Online Museums .

A poem on Heritance

Not Alone

For Lewis Hyde

light snow

The capacious is

a heritance
across a land

resembling waves ,


(c) Peter Money
Reprinted with permission of the author.

Peter sent a note saying that he had been inspired to write the poem by a NYT article about Lewis Hyde (author of the Gift Economy)