Ten things I wish I had known ten years ago

Museums are complicated places to work and many of our colleagues aren’t deeply experienced with digital. Here are ten things I’ve learned the hard way which might help you get things done.

John Stack
Feb 20, 2018 · 11 min read

1. Gold plate some things.

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Gold plated BBC Micro personal computer, 1985. Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

2. Make the case for ongoing investment.

3. Show. Don’t tell.

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“Rough sketch of James Nasmyths’ apparatus by which most perfect sound speculae may be cast with absolute certainty. Contrived in 1839, and used with great success even since”. Signed “James Nasmyth, April 12, 1879”. Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

4. Seek the right balance of technology.

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Control Data CDC 6600 super computer. Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

5. Take some new photographs.

6. Maintain the overview.

7. Dodge curveballs.

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Marconi International Marine Communications Company Limited, Direction finding (DF) receiver. Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

8. Know the legal stuff.

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Dehydrated sugar cookie space food from NASA Apollo Programme. Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

9. Know your audience.

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A Professor filling and explaining to an audience the nature of a balloon. Science Museum Group Collection. Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

10. Make change when you can.


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