Hidden Exhibition Secrets Revealed

There is an incredible amount of work that happens behind-the-scenes in preparing for every exhibition. Some of that work is ultimately obvious to the visitors such as the design, mounts, graphics and labels but a lot of the work is largely invisible.

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Toronto Museums Face Closure

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

This week, the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a report from the City Manager to close “museums with the least attendance, and revenues compared to costs.”

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A History of the World

A History of the World in 100 Artefacts

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made. The series spans two million years of history and uses objects from the British Museum's collection to tell a history of the world, from the earliest times to the present day.

A History of the World Badge

 

The BBC and the British Museum have partnered up with the ambitious goal of telling a history of the world with 100 museum objects.  A series of 100 podcasts which define and explain the history of the world is available to download from the BBC web site or from iTunes.  The 100 objects are from the collection of the British Museum.


The podcasts are less than 14 minutes each but they are packed with rich information, context, scholarly experts and other information.  The information is easily digested by the average individual. The podcasts are complemented by a feature-rich web site. The A History of the World web site includes photos, catalogue information, blogs and more. People are also invited to choose objects that they would include.

Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, narrates 100 programmes that retell humanity's history through the objects we have made. The series spans two million years of history and uses objects from the British Museum's collection to tell a history of the world, from the earliest times to the present day.

Canadian Registrars Group

Canadian-Registrars.ca is a mailing list that aims to enhance the professional development of Canadian Registrars and collections professionals through the sharing of ideas and expertise with colleagues in institutions throughout Canada. Through this exchange we will provide a uniquely Canadian perspective on global cultural heritage issues.

Membership is open to anyone involved in the care, management and display of collections in museums, galleries, archives and other cultural heritage institutions. We encourage you to join, to share, and to learn.

To join the Canadian Registrars' list send an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  You will be sent a message asking you to confirm your membership.  Simply reply to that message and you will be confirmed. You will then receive a "welcome message" which includes instructions on how to post to the list.

After you have joined the list you can post questions or comments by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be sent to everybody on the list.

http://canadian-registrars.ca

A Blog About Blogging

Today I am inspired to write a blog about why I don't write blogs. The truth is, I am awaiting some sort of divine inspiration.  The result is I don't write anything. One of my colleagues suggested that I just write about what I am working on at the moment. That seems reasonable and is bound to inspire some in-depth postings about some meaty topics. I suppose as this repository is built, the infrastructure will emerge in terms of how the entire blog hangs together as a whole rather than disparate parts based on the erratic work schedule I am forced to keep as a result of staffing shortages and general over-burdening of the limited resources.

I imagine that this will start out as a series if rants or complaints if I base it on my daily activities. I can spin positivity into that by determining where the short-comings are and how consistently they come up. One if my colleagues suggested that I build in time at the end of every project for a "post Mortem". I like the idea in concept but the reality is the next project is fully underway before the last one ends. I can’t imagine making it a priority to reflect on what we just did when there are deadlines and people relying on my part as a cog in the wheel of progress. This actually goes against everything I believe because I do think that planning and reflection should play at larger role in every project. If I take time to blog, surely I can take time for a more formal evaluation of the process etc. The truth is, like most of us, I do so much unpaid work that I am not inclined to invest my personal time in evaluating a system that is flawed. If I bitch about it as I go along, I am more inclined to actually document it. These rantings may form the basis for a formal evaluation but in the meantime, it makes me feel better.

Configuring .htaccess to redirect a sub-directory to the main root

This is useful for sites with many sub-domains or multiple domains hosted in the same hosting account.

 

Example:

To make
subdomain.yourdomain.com/
point to
yourdomain.com


The example below assumes that your root public directory (where you would put this .htaccess file) is htdocs, which is the default setup for Apache. If your setup is different, then you may need to adjust the examples accordingly. This approach has you code the first part of the domain or subdomain name and the associated subdirectory in your .htaccess file.

Change .htaccess in root directory to the following:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/subdirectory/

RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^(www\.)?newdirectoryname\.

RewriteRule ^(.*)$ subdirectory/$1 [L]


And add this code to the .htaccess file in the subdirectory that is the exception to the above rule:



RewriteEngine Off
subdirectory>
ForceType application/x-httpd-php

This is useful for sites with many sub-domains or multiple domains hosted in the same hosting account.

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Standards

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Introduction to Controlled Vocabulary (Getty)

Joomla! Debug Console

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