11 Questions to a Museum Blogger

best-blogNachdem ich bereits einige Blogfreundschaften aufs Spiel gesetzt habe, indem ich Blogstöckchen einfach fallen ließ und mich letztens bei Ramblingbrother versucht habe, mehr oder weniger elegant aus der Affäre zu ziehen, hat mich Anna von Buchpost auf Ihrem Sonntagsleserin-Post nun doch endlich überzeugt, dass Blogstöckchen nicht weh tun. (Ich weiß nicht, ob ich gemeint war, aber ich habe es mir zu Herzen genommen. :-)) Nun hat mir Tracey von dem sehr lesenswerten Blog Please don’t touch the dinosaurs gleich das nächste Stöckchen an den Kopf geworfen, und da die guten Vorsätze noch frisch sind, fange ich es auch sofort auf. Phew, bis auf die Beule an meiner Stirn hat es tatsächlich nicht wehgetan. Seht es mir nach, wenn ich dieses Mal zu bequem bin, alles zu übersetzen.

Tracey from Please don’t touch the dinosaurs is probably even more crazy about museums than I. If you plan a museum tour in London you should certainly check out her latest reviews. Now she has passed these 11 questions to me, which I gladly answer.

  1. Who are you and what do you like about blogging?

I’m Peggy, a German living in England, and I write about everything I find interesting about my new home country. Mostly I write about interesting places and exhibitions to visit, history and literature, and I hope to inspire my readers to come and visit England and to learn more about its culture.

  1. What inspired you to start writing your blog?

It started out as an experiment when I made writing my new career two years ago. As I am a passionate traveller and museum goer and as I am living in a city/country many Germans love to visit I chose this as my topic. Since then blogging has turned into a serious hobby that inspires me to visit even more places and read even more books about English history.

  1. Do you have a blog post you want to write but haven’t found the time/research to do it?

I never seem to have enough time to visit/read everything I wish. I guess that sounds familiar to most of you. I still want to visit the Turner exhibition in the National Maritime Museum before it ends. This is quite embarrassing as most of you know I live only about ten minutes away.

  1. If you could create your own museum what would it be about?

That’s a difficult one. I’m passionate about many thing, but I find that museums are usually at its best when they have a clear focus. I would probably create a word museum. I find etymology fascinating. It might be a bit challenging to create a good display though.

  1. If you could interview anyone, anyone at all, for your blog, who would you talk to and what would be the first question you ask them?

Richard III. I would like to hear his version about what happened to the princes in the tower.

  1. What museum do you visit most regularly and why?

Living in Greenwich I am quite spoilt with very good museums nearby. My family are members of the Royal Greenwich Museums and we visit the National Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark, the Observatory and the Planetarium regularly. The reason is not only that they are all just a short walk away. They are telling a lot of interesting stories using different media, which makes every museum visit into a discovery.

  1. What is the most memorable exhibition you have been to?

The last exhibition that really got under my skin was “Hello, I my name is Paul Smith” in the Design museum. I also loved “In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion” in the Queen’s Gallery.

  1. What is the weirdest thing you have done in a museum?

Being a mum of a three year old boy I tend to do a lot of weird things in museums. Recently we went to the Tate Modern and I encouraged my son to express with his face and body language what he is seeing in the pictures. We did get a few funny looks when we stood in front of Francis Picabia’s “The Fig-Leaf” and pulled out our upper lips.

  1. If you could live in a museum which one would you choose?

The British Library. I would love to roam their shelves deep down in the vaults and go to sleep with the smell of old paper in my nose.

  1. Which museum do you think more people should know about?

I have always wondered why the Royal Observatory is so crowded and the Planetarium right behind it is not. I think the Planetarium is the far better choice especially for school children. They have a few laboratories where you can learn about astronomy by experimenting. And they also have changing exhibitions that can be a lot of fun, like the one about Aliens. And of course there are the short films in the domed cinema. My son loves “Space Safari”.

  1. What’s the oddest search term that has brought people to your blog?

Onkel George. Somebody looking for his uncle who got lost on his journey to England? I’m sorry I couldn’t help.

 

I guess now it is up to me to tag the next museum blogger. The lucky one is:

Yannick Pucci, a tour guide and museum volunteer, ah yes, and a great storyteller. I wonder what you will make of that.

Here are my questions:

  1. Who are you and what do you like about blogging?
  2. What inspired you to start writing your blog?
  3. Do you have a blog post you want to write but haven’t found the time/research to do it?
  4. If you could create your own museum what would it be about?
  5. If you could interview anyone, anyone at all, for your blog, who would you talk to and what would be the first question you ask them?
  6. What museum do you visit most regularly and why?
  7. What is the most memorable exhibition you have been to?
  8. What is the weirdest thing you have done in a museum?
  9. If you could live in a museum which one would you choose?
  10. Which museum do you think more people should know about?
  11. What’s the oddest search term that has brought people to your blog?

And here’s what you have to do:

  • Answer the eleven questions – you can adapt them a little to fit your blog.
  • Include the BEST BLOG image in your post, and link back to the person who nominated you (that would be me, or this blog post).
  • Devise eleven new questions – or feel free to keep any of these ones here if you like them – and pass them on to however many bloggers you would like to.

Have Fun!

 

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8 thoughts on “11 Questions to a Museum Blogger

  1. Schön, dass du nun doch ein Stöckchen aufgefangen hast. Und so passende Fragen für dich 🙂 Man muss wohl wirklich nach Lust, Laune und Thema entscheiden, ob man’s fängt oder liegenlässt. LG aus dem regnerischen Deutschland. Anna

    1. Ja genau! Wir hatten heute einen fürchterlichen Hagelschauer. Ich habe schon befürchtet, dass meine Magnolienblüten abfallen, aber sie scheinen es überstanden zu haben. Liebe Grüße, Peggy

  2. Deine Einleitung hat mir gut gefallen, aber Blögchenstöckchen sind überhaupt nicht mein Ding. Darum klicke ich jetzt kein “Like” an, damit keine Missverständnisse aufkommen. 😉 Allerdings fand ich Deine Antworten nicht uninteressant. Die mochte ich schon. 🙂

    Was bin ich froh, dass ich keine Journalistin bin, die ständig Leute interviewen muss. Ich glaube, das ist mit den Stöckchen vergleichbar.

    1. Das kann ich gut verstehen. Jeder muss für sich selbst entscheiden, was zum eigenen Blog passt und was nicht. Wie gesagt, ich habe mich ja auch schwer damit getan. Ehrlich gesagt finde ich es eine schöne Abwechslung, Interviews zu führen. Ich bewege mich allerdings im Servicejournalismus. Da befragt man Experten zu ganz bestimmten Themen, die den Lesern Nutzen bringen sollen. Solche Interviews sind in der Regel sehr angenehm.

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