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Two new workshops

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Storytelling workshop

I am excited to announce two new workshops that I will be hosting in partnership with the Hong Kong Archives Society.

Hope to see you there!

Share Your Ideas through Storytelling

Overview

Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of communication, from the earliest days it has been used to share ideas, beliefs, culture and heritage. It is a powerful medium of instruction that captures the imagination of the audience and allows them to connect with the past. Today cultural institutions like libraries, archives and museums employ storytelling as an effective means to share their resources and fulfill their mission.

Robert Trio, a museum professional with 20 years of experience, will share his strategies to make storytelling a fundamental component of exhibition and programme planning. By using different storytelling approaches institutions can make their message more meaningful, relevant and entertaining.

All participants are encouraged to bring an ordinary object to the workshop that can serve as jumping off point to how to build an effective story.

Course Details
Course Code : 2016_AM_01
Date : April 9, 2016
Time : 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Venue : Po Leung Kuk Museum, 66 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Course Fee : HK$250
Medium : English
Speaker : Mr. Robert Trio, Museum Consultant

Archives and Museums in the Digital Age

Overview

Museums focus on three core objectives:
preserving their collections, education and exhibition of objects and ideas. Museums in the digital age have been transformed by technology in all three areas. Perhaps the most dramatic area is in the way that they share information
online.

Archives focus on preserving documentary heritage. At present archives are searching for digital solutions to archiving
and how to implement online sharing of resources.

This lecture focuses on practices and ethical issues surrounding digital platforms and how they museums and archives interact with the public.

Themes

  • Definition of a museum and an archives
  • Digital cataloging
  • Digital Asset Management Systems
  • Social Media
  • Intellectual Property Issues

Approaches

  • Discussion – how are museums and archives different from other cultural institutions
  • Exercise – physical cataloging verses digital cataloging
  • Demonstration – How to apply metadata to an object
  • Explore – different social media platforms
  • Discussion – what needs to be considered when addressing IP issues?

 

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Archives and Museum in the Digital Age

Digital Age

I am pleased to announce a training class that I will be leading in August.

It focuses on Archives and Museums in the Digital Age. The course is being offered through the Hong Kong Archives Society.

Here is a brief outline and detailed information:

Overview

Museums focus on three core objectives:
preserving their collections, education and exhibition of objects and ideas. Museums in the digital age have been transformed by technology in all three areas. Perhaps the most dramatic area is in the way that they share information
 online.

Archives focus on preserving documentary heritage. At present archives are searching for digital solutions to archiving
 and how to implement online sharing of resources.

This lecture focuses on practices and ethical issues surrounding digital platforms and how they museums and archives interact with the public.

Themes

  • Definition of a museum and archives
  • Digital cataloging
  • Digital Asset Management Systems
  • Social Media
  • Intellectual Property Issues

Approaches

  • Discussion – how are museums and archives different from other cultural institutions
  • Exercise – physical cataloging verses digital cataloging
  • Demonstration – How to apply metadata to an object
  • Explore – different social media platforms
  • Discussion – what needs to be considered when addressing IP issues?

Course Details

Course Code : 2015_AM_02

Date   :  August  8, 2015

Time   :  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Venue : 14/F, On Lok Yuen Building, 25-27A Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong

Course Fee :  HK$400

Teaching Medium   :   English

Speaker   : Mr. Robert Trio, Museum Consultant

The Hong Kong Archives Society will award a certificate of attendance to participants.
Enquiries : please email to hkaspd@archives.org.hk  or at 5401-7262.

Registration : Please complete the Registration Form (Word) / Registration Form (pdf) email the form(s) to hkaspd@archives.org.hk, and send it to Hong Kong Archives Society, PO Box 8374, General Post Office, Hong Kong together with a cheque made payable to “Hong Kong Archives Society Limited”.

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A traditional style post box in Hong Kong

A traditional style post box in Hong Kong

I am excited to learn that I have been asked by the Hong Kong Archives Society to speak at their annual International Archives Day. This year’s theme is about stories. This is an exciting opportunity for me because I get the chance to share with people one of my Hong Kong passions, traditional post boxes.

I think that the topic is especially apt for the talk because post boxes can be a dull topic. There may be a nostalgic connection that one may feel but does one really think what the larger story is behind these pieces and how they are connected to so many important events in the city’s development and people.

My lecture will be on the 13th of June (Saturday) at the Conservancy Association Centre for Heritage in Sai Ying Pun.

Hope to see you there!

Please check out latest update at Hong Kong Archives Society website

Seminar Registration at Google docs

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May 18, 2015 · 12:35 am

A Briefs’ History

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I was recently asked to contribute to the Royal BC Museum’s Quarterly newsletter, Curious. It was a great opportunity! In particular I would like to thank the editor for all her help and ease of process.

This article is short and fun and is meant to highlight  some of the research I have recently completed for an upcoming exhibition I worked on at the Hong Kong Maritime Museum. Enjoy!

Please let me know if you have any comments.

 

Cite

Robert Trio, “A Briefs’ History, ” Curious Quarterly Journal 001 (2014),

http://curious.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/a-briefs-history/

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Pony Rivalry

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The only horse I ever owned

In the summer of 1986 I purchased my first car, a 1967 Ford Mustang. It was the beginning a life-long interest with a vehicle that is an American icon and a piece of automotive history. In the 1960’s the Mustang was the leader of a new category of cars known as the Pony Class. The Pony Class spawned a new type of vehicle for people who were looking for style, power and affordability.

HK Classic Car and Vintage Festival

Cars are a passion for me and that is why I was excited to join Hong Kong’s first Annual classic car show, the HK Classic Car and Vintage Festival. This is a three-day event that will be held in October that highlights the best classic cars and motorcycles of the area. The event will also play host to a number of opportunities like talks, vintage fancy dress, family activities, music and food.

The Pony Class

I will be hosting a talk at the festival of the Pony Class of the 1960’s and how it shaped the American car industry. This is a hot topic because even today people feel very strongly about the brand they support. I believe strongly that it was the rivalry between the Mustang, Camaro, the Barracuda, the Challenger and their subsequent Pontiac, Mercury and General Motors spinoffs that made this class great.

I will also be helping to curate an exhibition on classic cars that have shaped Hong Kong. Although Hong Kong is not known as a manufacturing site of cars, it is the home of every major dealership including the high-end luxury brands that come out of Italy, Germany and Britain.

Check out the HK Classic Car and Vintage Festival website to find out more about this unique opportunity in Hong Kong.

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Museums and the Web Asia 2013

I was pleased to learn that my paper on how flickr can be used to build new communication in a museum setting was accepted by the review committee of Museum and the Web Asia 2013.

Link to paper: flickr: a social media building block

http://mwa2013.museumsandtheweb.com/proposals/flickr-a-social-media-building-block/

Here are the key dates for the conference:

Monday, December 9, 2013 On-site registration begins;
Pre-conference Workshops
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 MWA2013 conference begins;
Registration desk opens at 8:00 am;
Exhibitors’ Reception (@ conference hotel).
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MWA2013 conference continues;
Conference Evening Reception at Hong Kong Martime
Museum Pier 8.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 MWA2013 conference continues;
Closing Plenary;
MWA2013 Ends.

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Eyes and ears are everywhere

Digital has changed the world in many ways. For one – digital has allowed for almost endless amounts of documentation. One no longer has to worry about how many pictures are left on the roll or how much film is left in the recorder.

One of the consequences is that almost all events are now recorded. That may be a little scary. But in this case, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that a speech I gave last year at the NODEM conference was captured.

This short speech is about the strategy I took to build a mobile web site for the Hong Kong Maritime Museum.

Enjoy!

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