Chloé Titcomb, pictured here on a recent visit to Tate Modern in London, will be filing stories about Museum and Galleries Month in the East Midlands during May 2007
The 24 Hour Museum and Museums Libraries and Archives East Midlands have teamed up to make sure museum events and exhibitions in the East Midlands region get full coverage during Museums and Galleries Month (MGM) 2007.
MLA East Midlands, through their Renaissance in the regions scheme, is funding a student bursary that will enable a recent graduate looking to make their way in the world of journalism to cover the full range of museum and gallery stories that the region has to offer - for publication on the 24 Hour Museum during May.
Chloé Titcomb, a recent English graduate from University of Leicester, will be working closely with the 24 Hour Museum team as an ‘embedded reporter’, visiting museums throughout the region during May, filing news stories and features.
"We hope this bursary will be seen nationally as a really good example of a regional agency working sustainably to promote MGM in a way that benefits not just museums but also the young cultural writers of the future," said 24 Hour Museum editor, Jon Pratty.
Belgrave Hall in Leicester is just one of the heritage sites hosting special events in the region. Courtesy Leicester City Museum Service
Events lined up for the month of celebrations include everything from ghost tours, special night-time openings and talks to behind the scenes tours, activity sessions for children, family days and a wide ranging programme of exhibitions.
All these and more can be explored on the listings section of 24 Hour Museum and the MGM website www.mgm.org.uk while Chloé’s stories will be helping to bring these events alive for an online audience.
“I’m very happy with the bursary,” said Chloé, “and I’m very much looking forward to uncovering stories in the east Midlands region during Museums and Galleries Month.”
Chloé intends to embark on a journalism training course in the near future and the experience of working with the 24 Hour Museum should help her to get some valuable real-world experience.
“This is a great opportunity to develop my writing skills and a handy way of developing an online portfolio,” she added.
Costumed interpreters and re-enactors will be on hand at various venues throughout May to bring history alive. Shopping at the Roman market stall at the Collection, Lincoln
All the stories are to be published on the 24 Hour Museum and the 24 Hour Museum’s Leicester City Heritage Guide, which acts as an online heritage magazine and listings source for the whole East Midlands region.
“It’s all about raising awareness,” said Rachael Evans Regional Audience Development Officer, for Renaissance East Midlands, “and it’s fantastic working in partnership with 24 Hour Museum. I think it really helps to be developing a sustainable project like this – especially when we’re working with new talent coming through to the sector.”
“There is a great wealth of events in the East Midlands region for MGM 2007, each of which are listed on the 24 Hour Museum, but having Chloé contributing features and news stories will mean these stories will reach even more people.”
Stories on the 24 Hour Museum are read by an ever increasing and diverse audience and using RSS (really simple syndication) technology they are fed out all over the world. The site currently enjoys in excess of 1 million visitors per month, making it one of the most visited and read cultural websites in the UK.
The Galleries of Justice in Nottingham is just one of the Museums in the East Midlands hosting special events for MGM 2007. Courtesy NCCL Galleries of Justice
Celebrations for MGM in the East Midlands begin with a launch event at The Collection in Lincoln on Tuesday May 1, while Museum staff will be going out to meet the public in both Nottingham and Leicester on May 3 and May 5 respectively.
The latter projects will result in public focussed exhibitions during MGM 2007. For more details see the listing on 24 Hour Museum and www.mgm.org.uk.
Museums and Galleries month is organised by the Campaign for Museums, a registered charity, with support from the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council through its Renaissance Programme and Arts Council England.