Alexander Borchard

So many museums, so much to do.

Conference: Quality in Museums

Dear all,
Thursday and Friday I visited the “Quality in Museums” conference hosted by the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur (The Museum of Art and Culture) in Münster. The museum has recently been reopened after a spectacular building extension and development of a new permanent exhibition.

Mary and Ten Apostles at LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur_Münster

The conference was well-attended and had many high profile speakers, for instance the German Minister for Culture and Media, Monika Grütters. My impression was that the term quality was discussed under two different aspects.

Bad Day Gone Worse. Then Better.

Ok, got up at three this morning to drive 450 km over to Dresden. The plan was to go to a museums conference at the Museum of Military History and visit the German Hygiene Museum on Thursday, and I was really looking forward to it. I was well on my way when, after an hour, the car started to go all bumpy and I had to pull over. A flat tyre. Glorious. A wheel change in the effing dark, and I didn’t have a flashlight either. And there was no way of going all the way to Dresden on an emergency replacement wheel. So I went home, seriously gutted.

About noon I checked my mail and, oh joy, one of my job applications for a position in Freiburg had been turned down. With kind regards.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful until it finally did get better. I received an email saying that my final assessment on the Museum Studies programme (barring the dissertation) had been marked. The assessement was a fictional exhibition proposal on a topic and for a museum of choice. Mine was a temporary exhibition about losing in sport, titled “No time for Losers?” The proposal targets family visitors at the German Sport & Olympic Museum, the museum I worked for until last August.
And my mark is a solid A.
Not a bad end for a day like that!

Hello Octopress and Github Pages

So, I finally got around to launching my blog via Octopress and Github. Here I will keep you posted about my experiences as a museum professional. That includes my search for a responsible position in a museum and in exhibition planning, my dissertation, any museums and exhibtions I encounter, and museology texts, websites or people I meet or stumble upon.