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UK Museums on the Web Conference 2012

UK Museums on the Web is a great opportunity for people in the museum sector to network and bring ideas together about the web and related digital. This year it was at the Wellcome Collection, London.Here are some brief highlights of sessions, but there were of course lots more great ideas buzzing about.

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New Acquisition: A Painting of the Jain Pilgrimage Site at Shatrunjaya Hill

The V&A has recently acquired a large and splendid painting of Shatrunjaya Hill in Gujarat, one of the holiest Jain sites. Thousands of pilgrims climb up to the temples on top of the hills by a path with over 3,000 steps. Today (28 November 2012) is Kartik Purnima, the special day when these paintings are hung up and venerated in Jain temples. Detailed paintings of the sacred site, like this one, enable worshippers who are unable to be there to envisage and contemplate it.

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Still life

Guest blog entry by Bryony Bartlett-RawlingsA number of ornament engravings in the V&A collection dating to the 16th- and 17th centuries by Dutch and Flemish printmakers including Nicolaes de Bruyn, Anton Wierex, Jan Sadeler, and Theodor de Bry incorporate still life motifs.V&A inventory number 24359.9

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Soft Circuits

By Alex Flowers, Digital Programmes Manager.

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Martin Roth’s keynote speech at Museums Association conference, Edinburgh 2012

On Friday 9 November I was invited to give the keynote speech at the Museums Association conference. Here is that speech in full for you to read…

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Slack Day at Museum Computer Network conference

We have been at theannual Museum Computer Network (MCN) conferencethis week, which celebrates its 40th year in 2012. This is a great mix of different tech people working in the museum sector and has a very strong open collaborative learning community. This year it's in Seattle.This year’s theme, 'The Museum Unbound: Shifting Perspectives, Evolving Spaces, Disruptive Technologies', focuses on exploring how the quickening pace of technological innovation is expanding the very definition of what it means to be a museum.

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Making the V&A website responsive for mobile visitors

Responsive design – making a website display in an optimal way for the user's hardware – is something that had been on our radar for quite some time. After all, nobody enjoys looking at a full-size web page shrunk down to tiny scale on a small mobile screen!

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Scheduled maintenance affecting web services

Advanced notice of temporary website disruption On Saturday 27 October 2012, the Museum will be undertaking essential work to update technical infrastructure in the building. This will affect access to some services that are delivered on the web. This work is scheduled to start at 09.00 and be completed by approximately 23.00. The main website […]

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Big Draw, Big Make

By David Judd Creative Projects Manager – Learning DepartmentOn Sunday 30 September over 13,000 people took part in the Big Draw, Big Make events at the V&A in a frenzy of sketching, scribbling, stenciling and stiching! The day focussed on showing how important drawing is for design and got visitors involved by giving everyone a portfolio, pencil and paper to go out into the galleries and get creative.

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