Tag Archives: Interpretation

The Age of Digital History

Cath and i were having a heated discussion this morning: one of our friends reported that out of 5,700 episodes of PlaySchool (a favourite childhood TV programme) only 1,900 are known to survive. Her comment was that nobody would ever … Continue reading

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A note on Curation in Social Leadership

The difference between my attic and the British Museum is that one is curated, whilst the other is full of junk. To be fair on the British Museum, they’ve got a lot more stuff than me to sort out… Curation … Continue reading

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Creating and sharing: why we are all curators in the Social Age

I read a study this morning from the Pew Research Centre’s Internet Project. They interviewed a thousand American adults on their internet habits: 54% of them had posted original photos or videos to websites and 47% shared content they found … Continue reading

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Curation in Social Leadership – a first draft

The 1st Dimension in the NET Model of Social Leadership is Narrative. Curation is one part of this, and it’s to do with how we shape our presence, how we curate our reputation. “Curation focuses on three states: discovery, perception … Continue reading

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Collaboration, community and curation

I’m on the train to London for today’s workshop on ‘creating a mobile and social learning culture in your organisation’. It’s early. Earlier than i like, but on the plus side, beautiful views of the sunrise through the trees in … Continue reading

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Creating meaning in social learning: interpretation

I spent yesterday afternoon in The Hermitage in Amsterdam, a great museum, currently housing an exhibition on Peter the Great, the modernising eighteenth century Russian Tsar. The gallery space is large, well laid out, containing a wide variety of artefacts … Continue reading

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Heading North: Painting in perspective

I realise that i’m grumpy when i paint. It’s not that i’m in a bad mood, it’s just that i’m very focused. The thing about watercolours is that they’re alive, or rather, they are until they dry, so you’re on … Continue reading

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9/11: How is history made and how is history told? Stories from Ground Zero.

New York is making history. Not by something it’s doing today, but by how it’s dealing with something that happened a decade ago. Visiting Ground Zero last week was a strangely emotional and compelling experience, not so much from any … Continue reading

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How do we learn from art? Observations on interpretation at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

I know it’s art, because it’s in a gallery at one of the premiere cultural institutions in the world, but to me it just looks like a pile of bricks. Continuing the American theme as i work my way around … Continue reading

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The truth and the stories that surround it. Fact and fiction in interpretation.

Interpretation is the task of taking physical evidence, documentary evidence and contextual knowledge and using it to tell a story. It’s the process by which we seek to give meaning to archaeological remains, the process by which we seek to … Continue reading

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