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Museum Social Stand Up


Museums Galleries Scotland launched a series of Museum Social Stand Ups in response to the coronavirus lockdown measure. The social stand ups are a friendly opportunity for those working and volunteering in museums to continue to network with each other. They are also here to help reduce feelings of isolation during this period of social distancing.

The stand ups are held online once a week on Thursdays at 3pm. The include a 10 minute slot for a speaker to present on a topic of their choice, time for questions and time for conversation and networking.   

Upcoming speakers

Our full schedule of upcoming speakers is available to view on Google Sheets. 

View the schedule of speakers

Speaking slots for future stand ups can be reserved using this Google Form. The contents of the form will automatically populate the schedule. Previous talks have included Podcasts in museums, online engagement during the COVID-19 outbreak and managing social media during lockdown. There is no restrictions on what you can talk about but we do ask that you keep your topic relevant to cultural heritage. 

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Join the mailing list

There is no need subscribe to every event. Simply sign up to our special mailing list to receive an email invitation to the Social Stand Ups every Tuesday and Thursday. Joining instructions are automatically delivered to subscribers one hour before the events start.

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Previous sessions

We have recorded the 10 minute speaker slots of some of our previous Stand Ups. The videos and resources shared in the sessions are available below. 

David McLeod 1/4/2020 

David spoke about his experiences making the Jacobites podcast at Culture Perth and Kinross to accompany the Jacobite Clans  exhibition at Perth Museum. 


Kirsty Earley 9/4/2020

Kirsty Earley, Project Manager - Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, spoke about how she and two other colleagues digitised a large collection of objects using 3D scanning photogrammetry techniques for the project 'Visualising Medical Heritage'. The project is a great example of creating high quality 3D collection objects on a low budget. 



Anna Starkey 14/4/2020

Anna spoke about the process used at National Museums Scotland to perform collection care checks while all of their five sites are all closed. 



Julianne McGraw and Sally Pentecost 21/4/2020

Julianne and Sally from the Scottish Heritage Social Media Group gave some tips on how museums (and individuals) could better manage social media during the COVID-19 outbreak. Sally also spoke about the toll that social media can have on your emotional wellbeing during this time and gave some suggestions on how you can look after yourself when you can't switch off from social media. 

Julianne and Sally also provided some links to helpful resources which you can find in the supporting documents below.

Sarah Cowie 28/4/2020

Sarah Cowie, Learning Officer at National Museums Scotland, spoke about how their learning programme with schools is being developed to react to school closures and lockdown.


Mark McLeod 4/6/2020

Mark spoke about his work to develop a series of 8 walking tours for Dunfermline that are held in a Wordpress site but are accessed though mobile deceives. 





Supporting Documents