What’s been read?

2016 was an… interesting year. Lots of ups and more downs than you can shake a proverbial stick at, more’s the pity. But it’s over now,  the post-Christmas mulled wine fug has lifted and someone has gotten around to sweeping up the paper streams from the  New Year’s party poppers. Before 2017 gets underway properly – otherwise known as ‘everyone going back to work’- tomorrow, I thought I would take a look back and see what adventures people have been reading this year…

1. Pokemon in Museums

My most popular post isn’t really a shock considering how popular Pokemon Go was in the summer of ’16. It was like I was 7 again, and just discovering that although Bulbasaur kind of sucks, he’s the most useful for a noob. Taking a look back at the games, Generations 1-6 all featured museums, naturally I had to investigate what the Museums in Pokemon could tell us.

2. Brighton’s Old Penny Arcade Museum

Who would have thought that a tiny seaside attraction would be so popular? My visit to the Penny Arcade Museum always ranks highly on my most-read since I wrote it back in 2012 when I was brand new to the seaside city. To this day, I still can’t fathom what it is about the piece that keeps drawing the readers.

3. Museums and the Movies: Scooby Doo 2

As a self confessed museum geek, I get very excited when they pop up in films. People have very certain ideas about what goes on in museums, and these, usually, come from films and TV (who actually visits museums? Right?). Although Scooby has been part of pop-culture since 1969, his second live action outing wasn’t necessarily a highlight for the doggy detective with only a 21% scoring on Rotten Tomatoes. It seems that readers enjoy my take on the museological aspects of the film.

Also, let’s face it, Monsters Unleashed is still all sorts of fun.

4. Frequently Asked Questions about the British Museum.

This is one of my all-time favourite posts! Working in a public facing position means that I’m open to all sorts of questions about the place. Alongside the standard “Where are the loos?” we get asked a whole heap of other things. The message about the dinosaurs and Tutankhamen still needs spreading!

5. Vote for me for the UK Blog Awards!

And a big thank you to everyone who did!

6. The Art of the Game

A rare foray into the world of Sport for me here. The story here? Whilst doing some research for work, I found an *incredible* painting. What followed was a quick lesson in art and sport history and some fantastic social media work from a museum.

7. All Fired Up: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

This is still one of the best exhibitions I have ever seen. A fascinating topic, difficult issues treated very well and an excellent and inventive use of space.

8. Super Heroes in Museums

With the explosion of super heroes at the cinema over the last few years, this exploration of what super hero related artefacts are nestled in museums is always a popular read. I’m still waiting for a mild mannered curator to be bitten by a radioactive artefact only to be transformed into Artefact-Man or -Woman.

9. Why I (Museum) Blog…

Answering a question I’m sure all bloggers get – “Why do you do this?”.

10. True Crime in Hastings

Not only is it known for a certain Battle back in 1066, but the seaside town of Hastings also has some incredibly niche museums. The True Crime Museum, as you would expect, tackles crime. My favourite bit? The Mannequins, naturally. 🙂

So, those are the adventures that people read in 2016 – I wonder what they’ll be reading about in 2017…

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