accidentally, a test post was sent out earlier today. It was a post set up to experiment with the functionality of this site and, well, yes, it still works. I set it to a date in the future years ago and apparently, the future is today. So, sorry about that!
I suspect this is some kind of sign I should resume work on this site again, but, honestly, I’m still in the process of finding my feet and with family and work being all but unproblematic I have to ask for your patience.
The past year has been not a good one, so I’m looking forward to 2020. For the happier news I was able to do a trip to London and Scotland in September and met a few fantastic colleagues there. I will be leading a course on managing preciously unmanaged collections again, starting February 3 and there are some signs that the 6th Edition of our “bible” Museum Registration Methods will be out this year.
Until I feel able to write again, enjoy a few pictures of my trip.
My email provider has changed and I know I lost a few emails in the process of changing. From now on, would you all please use: angela.kipp (at) museumsprojekte.de Thanks!
I always loved Scotland and I fell even more in love with it with this trip. I was travelling by train without a real aim apart from meeting people and taking in the atmosphere.
Traveling up North I missed the train to Thurso due to a delay. Scot Rail organized a taxi to catch the missed train. I really wished such a service existed in Germany. Lovely overland trip, too.
One day I found myself on a ferry, heading for the Orkney Islands.
By chance (and by bus) I found myself in St. Margaret’s Hope, a lovely place. If you ever stop by, taste the scallops at the Murray Arms Hotel, the owners are scuba divers and fish them themselves.
BTW I took the advice of an inhabitant to “Wait til the sunn cumms uuut” for this picture.
As I was soaked on my way from the Standing Stones I sought shelter and tea at the Maeshowe visitor center and met those lovely fellows. Yes, vikings didn’t have horns on their helmets. But you know what? If they don’t care, neither do I.
As a Whovian, I was very pleased with this discovery in Glasgow (I could argue the thing with the test post had to do with wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff happening, but I guess this reference would probably not convince most of you).
The thing I will remember the most about the trip will probably be the politeness of the people I met. As a representative, take this tea bag that only suggests how to treat it.
Interesting enough, the only highland cattle I met up close lives just about 5 km from my home town in Germany, so that’s that.
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(Oh, and I completely accept the timey-wimey explanation for the rogue post!)
Glad you are taking the time you need. You will know when you are ready to come back. The pictures from your trip are beautiful and giving me a lovely change of scene on a cloudy dreary day here today.
Continue to heal and find your way back, and know that your Museum-family is thinking of you.
Diane Lee (currently in Hartford, Connecticut)
So glad to hear from you and to see that you took some time just to relax. My one and only experience with a highland cow was at the border the first time I crossed into Scotland from England. I just assumed he was put there by the local chamber of commerce to welcome visitors. Never saw another one, although there were lots (lots!) of sheep.
Thinking of you and wishing you a good 2020.
Thank you for the photos! Glad you are taking time for yourself. We have not met either although I hope to one day as well. I enjoyed your book and found it very helpful in my work. Best wishes to you in 2020.
Lydia, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Angela miss your posts but love your pictures. Looks like a trip that restored you a bit. Can’t wait for MRM6
I miss reading Registrar Trek and it’s nice to hear from you however briefly. I wish you all the very best for 2020 and I look forward to the day you’re feeling up to continuing with this project. May 2020 be a good year for us all!
it’s so nice to hear from you again! Take your time to find your balance again, we will wait in patience and hope.
I wanted to tell you: I have finally read your book (I should have done so long before) and found it very interesting and inspiring. My field is quite different (audio-visual collections) but I could immediately make connections and see where your suggestions are useful despite the different challenges. I’ve also recommended it to a colleague in the same field, who came back with a similar positive opinion. There are so few books on collection management from the point of view of the practitioner! It’s a gem.
So thank you for writing it.
We’ve never met but I hope it will happen one day.
Catherine from Amsterdam
Oh, thank you so much for your comment, Catherine. It’s very good to hear that you found the book useful despite it being for a different field. Keep doing the good work, and I hope to meet you sometime in the future, too!
Any British commuter will tell you that you are much more likely to be abandoned to your fate if you miss your train due to a delay. You were very lucky!
Hope 2020 is a better year for you.
oh yes, I heard that, too. However, I found myself seated in a taxi with 4 other passengers who drove 3 of them to their destinations, while unloading another one and me at a station where we caught the missed train.
I was very surprised as the next train to Thurso was running a few hours later and I could have easily taken that one.
Thanks for your good wishes and a good 2020 to you, too!