Meetings, Museums and a MOOC

After launching this blog and the Facebook and Twitter pages last week, there has been quite a bit of interest in what Hidden Horizons is all about, and a few people contacting me to say, ‘so that is what you have been doing’…!

Since setting the company up in December 2013 there have been a lot of the first part of this blogs title, meetings,  oh no I hear you groan, but actually there have been many positive discussions and ideas developed, many of which will be come public through the year, it has been a real pleasure to re-kindle old contacts and meet entirely new people.

Copyright Tony Bartholomew

Whilst on the subject of meetings, March seems to be very busy with a number of talks and lectures, including for the Yorkshire Naturalists Union  Annual Conference on the topic of “Museums and Nature – the Modern Perspective” this meeting is in York on 22 March and speakers include many museum curators and no-doubt the great work of organisations like NatSCA and the GCG will be discussed. Before that on the 1 March, I am speaking about the fantastic geology of the Yorkshire Coastline at the Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society, Geology Section annual seminar. This is always a very well attended event and the title this year is holiday geology so perhaps I should take a box of Scarborough rock?

Moving onto the museums part of the title, we are very excited to have been asked to work with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council to help develop a new learning strategy for Goole Museum.  Goole history is fascinating, amazingly it is still a working port and it’s waterways and maritime heritage is rightly a source of great local pride, but also relatively unknown outside the town.  Hopefully there will be some more news about other museums we are working with to be made public soon, the sheer variety of museums in our part of the world never ceases to amaze.

Finally for this week, what on earth is a MOOC? It is, of course, a Massive Open Online Course, something I had only vaguely heard about until I (along with over 10,000 others worldwide) signed up for one, the University of Alberta’s Dino 101 led by amongst others Phil Currie who was a leading figure in the establishment of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, one of my all time favourite museums in the world.  The course is free (as long as you don’t want any credits), and is bite size sections.  I have to say I am really enjoying it, much of it is a refresher, but it sure beats Saturday night TV!

Details of our events programme will be available soon, and no doubt a blog post to accompany them. Next up I am thinking either to cover the origin of our logo or something about coastal erosion and whether it can ever be a force for good, if you have a preference then do contact us! Until then thanks for reading.

Will Watts – Director, Hidden Horizons

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