Tim W

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Industry Museums or Libraries
Occupation Director, Exhibitions and Visitor Experience
Location Victoria, British Columbia
Introduction Blogger: Tim Willis [Director, Exhibitions and Visitor Experience] I love museums. And the longer I work in them, the more they seem an antidote to an overhyped, artificial, and often untruthful world. They are - in the true sense of the word - awe-some - a place that takes us out of our everyday lives and reminds us of a greater story than our own. I’m an architect who lost a love of buildings, but found a new love in the work of museums. And as Director of Exhibitions and Visitor Experience at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, I feel very fortunate to do what we do...in all its tense, creative messiness. So I’m going to write in this blog about the pinnacle of glorious confusion – about exhibitions - how we create them, the tensions and stresses involved, how we know what works and how often we find it hard to capture. At a meeting of Exhibition Designers in 2003*, exhibition planner Michael Spock said that creating exhibitions is like rocket science. He’s right in one sense… it’s complicated. Though it’s not a science… it’s art. * [a wonderful read - check it out at http://www.lcoastpress.com/book.php?id=125]