Update 18 January 2018: Voting has now closed.
The Museum of Science and Industry blog has been nominated in two categories of this year’s UK Blog Awards—Arts & Culture and Travel. But with the final shortlist chosen by a public vote, we need our readers’ help to bag the top prize.
You can vote for us by clicking here for Arts & Culture, and here for Travel. You are allowed two votes, so please do vote in both categories!
The Museum of Science and Industry blog was created as a place where we could curate the wealth of stories that come from the museum—be they about the hidden histories behind objects in our collections, the amazing new research showcased at our contemporary science events or fascinating behind-the-scenes tales of how a museum is run.
The museum’s collections are huge, and for practical reasons only parts of them can be on display at any one time, but the blog gives us an opportunity to showcase archive items and objects that aren’t on show, and delve deeper into the stories of those that are (how our Jacquard loom links to early computing, for example, or the amazing story of the Vulcan locomotive’s role during Partition).
The blog is a collaborative effort by a huge number of authors—60 so far, and counting—including museum curators, archivists, volunteers, festival partners, science and history experts from across the country and more. Our curators in particular have a huge wealth of knowledge, and have contributed posts on the scientific links between Manchester and San Francisco and the amazing “love letters” created by the world’s first stored programme computer, Baby, a replica of which is on display in our Revolution Manchester gallery.
We’re an inclusive blog—we want our readers to be involved in a conversation with us. That’s why we love to share the brilliant social content from our followers on our blog posts, whether that’s your questions from Ask A Curator Day on Twitter or the best social media moments shared during the Manchester Science Festival. We’ve even invited our followers to blog for us—that’s how we got the fascinating post “To Beep or Not To Beep”, about how difficult people find it to “turn off” a humanoid robot, from University of Manchester researcher Paul Dobbs.
So, if you love the blog as much as we do—and we really hope that you do, please go and vote!