Meet our social media team | The Mary Rose
Meet our social media team
In the Museum | 30 Jun, 2021 | Museum Blogger
Who are we?

The Mary Rose has been on social media for around 11 years, but who are the poor individuals who keep our followers informed and entertained on a daily basis?

Simon
Digital Marketing Coordinator

Monitoring and responding on social media, producing content and maintaining the Mary Rose website.

How long have you worked at the Mary Rose?   

14 years (11 working on digital)

Favourite object in the collection?

Hatch, the ship’s dog. Why do you think I let him have his own twitter account?

What advice would you give other people working in digital for museums/heritage.

If shows like QI have taught us anything, it’s that nobody likes a smart arse unless they’re being funny. That’s why I try and inject humour into most of what I do, so people will remember it, and hopefully share it too.

Obviously, being a shipwreck with a tragic history this isn’t always possible, so it’s important to maintain the correct balance.

Career highlight(s)

There’s been a few, getting the First Sea Lord's Award for Best Use of Digital Media was pretty good, but ultimately I think the highlight was meeting my childhood hero, Timmy Mallett.

Kate
Audience Development Officer

I manage our memberships, fundraising and generally try to get more people interested in our museum.

How long have you worked at the Mary Rose?

6 years in different roles

Favourite object in the collection?

There is a small knife in the Master Gunner's case that has a decorative pommel of a female and male figures on either side. It demonstrates that practical items could be beautiful as well (and sometimes colourful), unlike what may be portrayed in historical films and TV shows.

What advice would you give other people working in digital for museums/heritage?

No matter what you post, you won't be able to please everyone. Once you've found a tone of voice and content that pleases the majority, it doesn't matter what the grumpy ones think!

Career highlight(s)

If a TV crew want to film at the museum I often get to spend my day following them around. My favourite filming day was when I got to meet Tony Robinson.

Charlotte
Customer Service Co-Ordinator

Making sure our visitors are happy before, during and after their visit, responding to inquiries and taking booking for guided tours.

How long have you worked at the Mary Rose?   

Since August 2018

Favourite object in the collection?

I love any item with a mystery behind it which is why the Mary Rose Museum is so brilliant.. It's full of mysteries we have yet to solve! If I had to choose one? The bone panel carving that was recovered from inside a chest found on the Main Deck of the Mary Rose. It depicts two angels in profile walking in a procession to the right each carrying a candle. It is similar to panels made for triptychs in the Northern Italian workshops of the Embriachi family (late 14th and early 15 Century) making it the oldest artefact in our museum! These panels were typically part of a series.. why just one was found remains a mystery!

What advice would you give other people working in digital for museums/heritage.

Don't put too much pressure on yourself, try to have fun with it and post a mixture of things! Whether it's promoting a tour, a funny artefact post or a photo of our lovely volunteers people will be drawn to your social media for different reasons. Experimentation is also very important- don't be afraid to post something because you don't think it will get enough likes, you may be surprised!

Career highlight(s)

I wish I could say I've met a celebrity like Simon and Kate but unfortunately the majority of my time here has been during various lockdowns over the past year. I have met Hatch though.. he counts as a celebrity right? #GetHatchABlueCheck

Hatch
Ship's Dog

Chasing rats, being admired

How long have you worked at the Mary Rose?   

Since around 1544, so just coming up to 477 years

Favourite object in the collection?

Me. Duh.

What advice would you give other people working in digital for museums/heritage.

 

Don't be afraid to take inspiration from others, and don't expect results overnight. Unless you're already really, really famous you're not going to get a huge following overnight (although it is possible - just ask the MERL!), so don't feel disheartened that you're not getting big numbers straight away. I spent 436 years buried on the seabed, and another 25 in a cardboard box, so I'm used to being patient.

Oh, and you can't just make things 'Go Viral', no matter how many times you get asked to.

Career highlight(s)

Attending Crufts was pretty good, though I didn't win anything. 

Follow us on our social media accounts
Find out about upcoming events and offers, as well as learn exciting new things in a fun and refreshing way!