23 September 2017   |  Last Updated 25-03-2015 07:23

      People's History Museum joins #MuseumWeek 2015 on Twitter

      A Manchester museum is taking part in a global Twitter project aiming to get more people talking about culture.

       

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      The People's History Museum (PHM) has joined forces with over 2000 other institutions worldwide for #MuseumWeek 2015, running from March 23 to 29.

       

      Katy Ashton, Director of PHM, said: "Museum Week is a great way for museums themselves to raise their profile and talk about their work through social media - enabling professionals to share best practice and ideas.

       

      "It is also a great way for the public to find out more about museums that might be on their doorstep or further afield - to find out about their amazing collections, exhibitions, public programmes, educational services and other activities."

       

       

      Museum Week involves seven days, with seven themes, shared with seven hashtags.

       

      The theme today is #architectureMW, allowing museums to explore their own history and architecture and show snippets of this to the public.

       

       

      Themes for the next few days include inspiration and family.

       

      Ms Ashton added: "Museums are doing so much locally, regionally and nationally to bring people together and Museum Week is another way of achieving this in the digital world."

       

      The museum is a registered charity and displays the largest number of trade union and political banners in the world.

       

      Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of Culture and Communication, said: "Museum Week is a great opportunity to show museums in a new light and help them attract a broad cross-section of the public."

       

      It is led by a dozen community managers from French museums and cultural establishments in partnership with Twitter.

       

      Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, said: "The beauty of art is that it moves people regardless of their origins.

       

      "With Twitter, it can spread like never before.

       

      "Our goal is to remove barriers and let the content flow."

       

       

      Other museums involved in the project include Manchester Museum, the National Football Museum, the British Museum and the Musée du Louvre.

       

      General admission to the PHM is free and it attracts 100,000 visitors a year.

       

      Search #museumweek on Twitter to be a part of the conversation.

       

      By Mollie Stewart

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