7 weird & wonderful things I learnt from #AskACurator
#AskaCurator is an annual Twitter event where you can ask museum and library curators any question you want – you just have to use the hashtag.
This year it took place on 16 September and 1,079 museums took part, spanning 51 countries with 44,069 tweets. Its reach was over 63m.
So what interesting facts did I learn during the day?
1. British Library curators found a lock of Charlotte Bronte’s hair inside a manuscript (wow, that would be an amazing day at the office).
2. The National Gallery’s smallest portrait is of Charles I’s daughter, Henrietta Anne. It’s barely larger than a thumbnail.
3. Curators’ favourite ice-cream flavours across the museum sector seem to be salty peanut caramel and chocolate.
4. The Smithsonian’s oldest collection item is the Allende meteorite which is 4.5bn years old.
5. Lots of visitors to the Rijksmuseum assume that all the pieces in the galleries are copies, and the real ones are hidden away (no, they're real).
6. Curators at the Tate say that a good start to designing an exhibition is to be aware of how much there is to learn. It should start with a conversation, not end one.
7. The weirdest item in the Smithsonian’s collection is the world’s longest beard that is over 17 feet in length. That is very weird and more than a little creepy. I love this photo!