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The Museum of Forward Planning: Real Stories from Our Imaginary Museum
Tekijä: Vidda Cartwright
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Written by a museum professional while he or she pretended to pay attention during endless Zoom meetings, it sets out to expose the lunacy and bureaucracy that is the reality for many museum staff. It also illustrates how different groups of staff within museums (front of house, senior leadership team etc etc) all hate each other and believe that only their group are right about the proper aims and objectives of a museum. On one thing, however, they are all agreed – the public are the enemy, unless they are dead and left a bequest to the museum in their will.
One thing is evident – the author, although a museum professional, is almost certainly not a curator, because the book makes it clear that they are the worst of the lot although they have lots of degrees.
Because one of the illustrations features the arch-cad Terry-Thomas, the author is probably not young. This is the work of an ageing cynic who still loves museums.
The book is about 80% funny. It should probably have had the blue pencil applied in a few places, but that would have made it even shorter.
The author has a curious obsession with the year 2019. It notes the pandemic and the Capitol riot as both happening in that year; but neither did. Maybe time really does stand still in the Museum of Forward Planning.
If you like Scott Adams esq humour, you should enjoy this.
whilst sat chuckling to myself, I found many situations we can all relate to working in this sector of work... Or not.
It maybe said to be dated whilst referring to covid, but the MOfP (always read a in deep echoing voice), will be something that will live on in the structure of 'museum' life.
Great for those just starting out in such line of career, and/or those just wondering from day to day... 'Wtf is going on, and who's running the show here'?
I will recommend this book to colleagues.
Some of the production values let the content down a bit. For instance, I couldn't read some of the text on the graphics of the presentation slides included. I wasn't entirely sure if this was deliberate, part of the joke about the death by powerpoint culture in some organisations.
All in all, though, a funny and thought provoking read which lightened my day.
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This self-published title came to me bearing a post-it on it's cover reading "Hope it raises a smile!", signed off by the author. I'm happy to report that his hopes were met.
'The Museum of Forward Planning' is a culmination of observational jokes inspired by the author's personal experience in the heritage sector. As someone who works for libraries I feel I'm halfway in with being "in" on the joke; one would ideally hope that any and all readers would be able to appreciate it's humour, but there were definitely moments where I felt the delivery was rushed towards it's punchline, and more time could have been spent detailing the industry it aims to satirise, allowing a wider audience to engage with it.
He also employs colour images and diagrams, which I feel is a wise addition, but unfortunately due to supposed printing limitations some of these become quite blurry and artifacted.
While I enjoyed certain sections which got down to specific bureaucratic and administrative hangups which are common among many public-facing industries, at times I longed for a clearer picture to be painted of this fictitional museum. We're certainly given an impression of it's attitude quite clearly, but if a stronger image were presented of how the public perceives this establishment, perhaps even through news articles or yelp reviews, then a wider audience might be able to empathise with the comedy's target.
All in all, it worked as a series of managerial observations on an industry that, like any other, is having to self-reflect on it's efficacy amid economic uncertainty. I appreciated it's voice, and look forward to Cartwright's future work.