Onsite/Online | Virtual Tours, Twitter Exchanges and Online Workshops

Dora Gordine, Self Portrait/Purple Head (1933)


The theme for today’s newsletter with our partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery, Thursday 16 July is Onsite/Online. As we plan to re-open our venues after the Summer, we have been reflecting upon recent digital initiatives to inform a future programme that integrates work shown physically (Onsite) with its digital presence (Online).

The Museum is currently preparing for its annual involvement in Heritage Open Days (11-20 September 2020) and Open House London (18 & 19 September 2020). We hope to open to the public for both events and as part of Kingston’s borough-wide heritage festival. As we may not be able to welcome as many visitors to the museum as usual this autumn, we are developing a range of digital content, including virtual tours, for you to enjoy. Keep an eye on our Instagram for updates, including our re-opening plans.

Since April, Dorich House Museum has been participating in Art UK’s initiative #OnlineArtExchange. Each Thursday, via Twitter, individuals, galleries and museums share artworks from Art UK’s online database of art from public collections at over 3,200 venues in the UK. Art UK sets a theme for the weekly exchange, which has ranged from our personal favourite, maritime to self-portraits (thanks to Bradford Museums & Galleries who shared Gordine’s self-portrait, pictured above). It has been an engaging way to explore other national collections, and the sharing of works has bolstered solidarity and encouraged connections between institutions.

We are grateful to our volunteers who have continued to meet virtually, research, write and create from home since March, including those working on our National Lottery Heritage Fund project, The Squatter Years: Recovering Dorich House Museum’s Recent Past. This week, volunteers attended a virtual writing workshop with the author Caitlin Davies as part of the development of content for the culmination of the project in an online exhibition.

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