We’re stupendously excited to launch The Museum Platform today (Friday 13th – an auspicious date for some…).
We’ve been beavering away behind the scenes for some months now – Rob, Jeremy and I had been chatting about a collaboration for some time, and finally we met up for a brainstorm day in June 2019 – from which TMP was born.
The basic idea is hopefully articulated on our website at https://themuseumplatform.com/ – a landing page for now but shortly something much more filled out, with much more in-depth information about what we’re building, how we’re building it and why we’re doing it the way we are.
But, here goes: an “elevator pitch” style description…
Every museum – whatever their size – needs and deserves to be on the web, showing the world who they are and what they do. But for museums with limited resources and support, it is often too hard to take those crucial first steps that should establish their digital presence. Too hard, too costly, and too intimidating.
The team behind The Museum Platform have been working in the sector for a long time, both inside museums and for specialist agencies. Each of us has seen independently how tough it is to get established in the digital world when addressed by the constraints that face most of the UK’s thousands of museums, and we are united in our frustration at this. We decided to tackle the problem by building a software and service platform that would support museums to get online for the first time and then to gain increasing digital independence and confidence.
I’m personally incredibly excited about this collaboration. Rob and Knowledge Integration are the most incredibly professional team and bring a wealth of experience and a supremely exciting software platform to solve many of the issues around getting collections online. Jeremy is an all round guru in the museum space, bringing an incredibly level-headed, pragmatic and strategic brain to the party. And me? Well, I know a fair bit about WordPress and the front end, so hope to bring design acumen, user experience and development skills to the party. I think the combination we bring is pretty compelling, even if I do say so myself 🙂
Our intention is to begin to invite museums onto the system during early 2020. We are looking for early stage beta testers – so if you’re a small to medium sized museum struggling with any aspect of your web presence then please do get in touch – firstly, we’d suggest joining our mailing list (see the footer of this blog), or you can drop us an email at [email protected] with any specific ideas, questions or thoughts.
Look forwards to hearing from you!