Today we took our app on it’s first public outing to the Museums and Heritage Show at Olympia in London. We had the opportunity to talk to some amazing museums about what we’re doing and how we can help them and spoke to some potential partners that could bring some fantastic functionality to Qurator. More importantly we provided fudge and jelly beans by way of enticement to get people to come and talk to two grown men in bright green t-shirts. It might be telling, then, that the least favourite jelly bean colour for day one of the exhibition was green. Not sure what that says about our branding!
Today was filled with the wonderful, the weird and the strange and me trying to avoid buying anything from the Lomography stand! Let’s start with the wonderful. On our very first outing in to the world of Museums and Heritage we weren’t expecting much attention, yet the kind publicity provided by our friends at the Museums and Heritage Show meant that a few people who had read our article made a b-line to come and see us. That warmed our hearts. We also got to speak to people from the Aston Martin Heritage Trust, The National Trust and the Hendrix and Handel Museum amongst others. They were all lovely and we’ll definitely speak to them again. The weird thing that happened this morning was that almost every museum we spoke to was based within 15 miles of our homes in the London Borough of Harrow. Delightful people from the Watford and Harrow Museums, The Amersham Museum and Heath Robinson Museum. Maybe we should organise a coach for tomorrow or just meet up at Pinner Station at 7.30! Finally, the one you’ve been waiting for… for no apparent reason, Anne Boleyn dropped by the Small People stand opposite us looking for a magnet with her husband’s face on it. I’m assured that this is pretty standard behaviour at the Museums and Heritage Show. Tomorrow Plantagenet kings will be looking for a spot in the car park and Nelson will be buying toy ships.
It was a great day one with a lot of positive feedback and hopefully some valuable leads to assist with our future plans for Qurator. Bring on day two.