Day two at the Museums and Heritage Show was just as full of surprises as day one. TO kick off were visited by the lady and gentleman in the photo above from @BKHISTORICAL then we had a lovely chat with Admiral Lord Nelson. All perfectly normal for a day at Olympia! We were also joined by Julie, our Head of Marketing, who went straight to work trawling the hall for people to speak to. She kept us busy all day long talking to a new batch of incredible people until our throats were sore and our legs were ready to crumble.
Today we chatted to some committed museum volunteers from Whitby Museum who have lots of great ideas for spreading the museum word around the north east. I finally met our customer number one, Martin from the Canal Museum. I honestly thought he was a figment of Paul‘s imagination but there he was as bold as brass! He’s our first verified venue and is the one we try out all of our new stuff on. He’s super patient and is eager for us to deliver the Android version of our app so he can take Qurator wherever he goes.
Top marks today went to our new friends at the United Synagogue who made us think about our app in a whole new way. Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about the project you’ve been working on for over a year, two people come along with a problem and we happen to have a solution to fit, just not how we thought it would. Not more I can say about this at this stage but we’re used to the stranger things happening to us at the Museums and Heritage Show!
And all too quickly the two day ride that was the Museums and Heritage Show came to an end. We packed up all of our things and emptied our trusty cupboard of business cards, flyers and left over sweets (no really, I totally overspent on sweets) and headed to the local hostelry to reflect of the past two days. We learned a whole load about our new app and the people that will be using it. We collected a great big list of people and places to follow up with. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and there are lots of new ideas that are being fed into our roadmap as we speak. We couldn’t have asked for a better few days or better neighbours to stand S7a, and I might even have come away with a little something from the Lomography stand. I think I deserved it!
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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.
It’s just two days until the Qurator team head down to Olympia for the Museums and Heritage Exhibition. We’ll be launching the app officially on day one (Wednesday 17th May) and will be sharing a glass of something bubbly with anyone who wants to find out more about our new product.
Visit the Apple App Store and search for ‘Qurator’ to download your own copy of the app and let us know what you think.
Come down to stand S7A on Wednesday or Thursday and meet our founders Paul, Simon and Julie.
As we prepare for the Museum & Heritage show at Olympia this week, the show’s organisers featured us in their newsletter. read more at http://advisor.museumsandheritage.com/museums-heritage-show-2017-five-museum-products-services-look/