The other side of the Covid-19 lockdown
We are very fortunate to be able to return to the office after social distancing and lockdown. While we managed to carry on with minimal disruption to our services, it is great to be able to have all our team together again in the office.
During the lockdown, we strengthened our online support and training services. We are well aware of the lucky position that we are in and are happy to have online options for all our Vernon CMS users.
Updates: Vernon CMS 12.3 – Coastal Cormorant
Vernon CMS 12.3 is due for release in July 2020. This updates include:
- new authority fields for Language and Community on the Person datafile (As seen below).
- new Location fields on the Exhibition Venue datafile.
- new fields for Dates and Periods in the Site datafile.
- Several bug fixes.
The update will be available in the Customer Support Portal
Vernon User Group Meeting 2020
This year our Vernon User Group (VUG) will be held online as a mini-conference. We would love for you to join us during the week of the 12th of October for a range of panels, speakers, feature request discussions, and company updates about past and present development. The opening and closing sessions will comprise of what we normally cover in our meeting days in previous VUGs.
Attending our VUG is free, and anyone from one of our client organisations is welcome.
The Browser module
While Covid-19 has closed museums globally we have been busy with Vernon CMS clients who are taking advantage of the time to get their collections online.
Nelson Provincial Museum – online collection
Nelson Provincial Museum has over 150,000 items accessible through the online collection. The collection includes photography from the 1860s to the present, maps and architectural plans, books and publications, archives and general social history items.
The collection includes a unique collection of hand made Taonga Puoro, or Māori musical instruments, by local craftsman and practitioner Brian Flintoff. Visit the online collection here.
This Porutu (flute) carved from emu bone is a beautiful example. A male moth is shown at the lower end as he has been attracted by the music and mistakes it for the goddess of flute music, Raukatauri.
Falkirk Community Trust – online collection
The Falkiri Community trust manages museums at Callendar House and Kinneil. Their online collection has 161,341 items including Roman pottery, mini skirts, one of the first televisions ever made, plus products from Falkirk’s industrial past. Visit the online collection here …
This image is five factory workers circa 1890 posing with their decorative cast iron work.
Conference: AIM virtual Conference
This years’ AIM conference, due to take place in Port Sunlight, Merseyside (UK) had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic; the conference was held online instead.
Our UK representative, Alex, sat in on a couple of online sessions and has put together some notes.
Reopening: Angie and Cece from Dexibit explore reopening attractions
In a series of videos Angie and Cece see how various venues are operating post lockdown for COVID-19 – capturing the visitor point of view plus leadership interviews behind the scenes.
They were at Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira for reopening day and witness the pōwhiri (welcome ceremony). The Museum are using a virtual queue system for capacity and line management plus contact tracing, along with visitor wayfinding controls plus restrictions for exhibitions and interactives.
Our next webinar is on the 5th August is on Security.
This Webinar will show you how to create a new user, edit your security setup, allow or disallow rights, and delete users.
News and Resources
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Sonia Boyce, Barbara Hepworth, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dayanita Singh: 5 Women Artists’ Stories
“Do it because you’re thinking it and feeling it and it’s got to be expressed. So just get on with it.” These are the words of British Afro-Caribbean artist Sonia Boyce on the creation of art.
Decoding the clues: After 10 years, the “Fenn treasure” has finally been found
“Ten years ago, an antiquities dealer named Forrest Fenn buried a treasure chest filled with gold, rubies, emeralds, and diamonds somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. He hid the clues to its location in a poem …”