Tuesday, 16 June 2015

An Exciting New HME

We had our annual end-of-the-year patio meeting last night, and annouced the changes that will see HME become an even more dynamic and responsive professional group.

Museum Hack
Several of our members attended the presentation by Museum Hack at KWAG last week. Did you? Please share your thoughts and ideas by responding to this post.
Want to learn more about Museum Hack? Here's a Ted talk, given by the founder of the company Nick Gray.

We have a new vision for our PLCs (peer learning circles).
We will now be holding Mini Conferences and Museum Crawls.

Mini Conferences
We will try to arrange these for September or March/April rather than May.

Museum Crawl
We're planning the first of these events for September 2015.
It will be a day spent in Toronto, visiting our colleague's institutions (museums, galleries, and historic homes) and allowing us to network, learn from each other, and spend some time socializing in a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere.
The hope is that moving forward, we will be able to have Museum Crawls in other Ontario cities/areas such as Hamilton, Brant, Halton, and Lambton

After hours sessions

We will reframe these to cafe nights from 7:00-9:00 pm, where all members will have the option to just have coffee, grab a dessert, or partake in dinner if they so choose.
The location we are looking to meet at is Williams in Burlington.
We will also forego preset topics and open the floor to whatever issues need discussing. Want to test out a new activity? Use the group as guinea pigs!
Share your ideas, thoughts, and anything new and exciting on our Facebook page!

Topics for consideration:
  • winter tours. What do you do in slow seasons?
  • Video conferencing for schools and strikes
  • "I couldn't believe it when..."
  • interpretation and the audience experience

HME may be involved in an Unconference in the spring of 2015. Stay tuned for details!

New members
Do you know any students, colleagues, or other individuals who would be interested in joining HME? Let them know about us and our exciting new schedule for next year.