Last week we were introduced to Attendant’s View, a British blog dedicated to, “the thousands of people who have the job of gallery assistant, museum attendant, front of house staff, heritage volunteer… and for anyone who may have visited art galleries, museums, places of historical interest.” You should look at their stuff. It’s all funny cause it’s true. We have added them to our Links page, which remains the largest collection of history and museum humor links on the internet.
One of the many items that crossed our desktop this weekend was the new Museum People’s Tattoos blog, which, as you might guess, is an online collection of tattoos on museum folks. We assume it’s an attempt to make museum folks appear cool. But as usual, we’re late to the party. Librarians, who were once less cool than museum professionals (so museum people like to think) have been showing their tatts longer, louder, and prouder than we have. Check out here, here, and here. We feel this is further evidence that the museum field is reactive, not proactive.
If you disagree with the previous sentence, please feel free to share where you find museums are cutting edge creators, not adopters.
And finally, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas Queen, Defender of the Faith, Duchess of Edinburgh, Countess of Merioneth, Baroness Greenwich, Duke of Lancaster, Lord of Mann, Duke of Normandy, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Garter, Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Sovereign of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Sovereign of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, Sovereign of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George, Sovereign of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Sovereign of the Distinguished Service Order, Sovereign of the Imperial Service Order, Sovereign of the Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Sovereign of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Sovereign of the Order of British India, Sovereign of the Indian Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of Burma, Sovereign of the Royal Order of Victoria and Albert, Sovereign of the Royal Family Order of King Edward VII, Sovereign of the Order of Merit, Sovereign of the Order of the Companions of Honour, Sovereign of the Royal Victorian Order, Sovereign of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem is going broke and is having difficulty maintaining her historic homes and collections. There’s no joke here. We just wanted to make you feel better about your work. If the Queen can’t maintain and preserve her collections, why should we commoners do any better.