Ask a Curator 2015: Funny & Forgotten Objects

September 17, 2015

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So, that’s Ask-a-Curator over for another year –  the biggest Q&A session with museums worldwide, via Twitter (if you’re hearing about it for the first time, I wrote a bit more about what Ask-a-Curator actually is in my previous post).

This was the third year that I was following my ‘3 Questions’ approach for Ask a Curator. The first year, I had mainly asked museums in the Americas, as I had been working during the day and they were the only ones still online by the time I got home. Last year, I had the day off and focused on European museums. This year, I was again not working and had the full choice of the over 1000 museums from 50 countries taking part, so was able to mix things up a little. With my love of unusual museums and hidden gems, I chose museums that sounded interesting, different or unusual. Of course, any other museums were most welcome to chime in too and answer my questions :)

Q1 What is the funniest object in your collection? A total of 31 museums answered this question. There were quite a few mentions of toilets, bottoms and poo! Here are my three non toilet humour related favourite responses:

You can find a short summary of all answers to question 1 on Storify.

Q2 What is the most recent thing you have acquired? A total of 17 museums answered this question. Here are my three favourite responses:  

Also, this made me smile – “Pepperettes” :D

You can find a short summary of all answers to question 2 on Storify.

Q3 Which forgotten item from your storage would you like to exhibit? A total of 21 museums answered this question. Here are my three favourite responses:

You can find a short summary of all answers to question 3 on Storify.

For those of you who like statistics, of the 20 museums targeted directly, 12 museums answered all three questions, 6 answered two questions and one museum answered one question. Only one museum did not respond to my questions at all. In total, I received answers from 41 different museums, including 22 who responded to my open questions.

You can find a full transcript of all answers to my questions, including follow up questions and discussions, on Storify.

I hope you all enjoyed this year’s Ask-a-Curator. Have a great weekend, when it comes, and happy museum-ing!

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