This is my 81st blog post. When I started planning my Churchill Fellowship a couple of years ago, I thought I’d write 3-4 posts during my time in the US and that would be it. But then where would I post them? Off the back of that thought, I decided to set up my own blog. I also wanted to keep track of the process and my learning, so I started writing weekly posts in the run-up to my trip in September 2016. Once I’d gotten into the habit, I was reluctant to stop. I enjoyed the discipline of having to read, think and write regularly about creativity, and I’ve learnt a huge amount as a result.
So far, I’ve been able to make time for my blog around other priorities, but I don’t think that will be possible over the next few months. My line manager left the museum at the end of last month and until her replacement is recruited, I’ll be Acting Director of Learning (while still covering my existing responsibilities). It turns out that what I used to consider ‘busy’ is a walk in the park compared with doing two jobs at once. So something has to give, and I would prefer that it wasn’t my sanity. I need to put my blog on ice for now and I hope this is a pause rather than an ending.
One of the aims for my blog was to meet other like-minded practitioners and that has definitely happened. In fact, it’s probably been the best bit. You, dear reader, are in a select group (‘bijou’ in real estate parlance) and have been wonderfully supportive. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my posts – your feedback and ideas have been a great source of inspiration. A happy side-effect of having ‘kiwi’ and ‘museums’ in the title is that I’ve been able to meet New Zealand peers working in the sector. My focus had originally been on the UK, as that was the purpose of the Churchill Fellowship, but through the international medium of a blog, it has been great to connect with colleagues in different countries and my homeland too.
I started my blog as an experiment, and it’s been a very happy one. I hope to pick it up again, although I can’t yet say when or how often. I have generated quite a catalogue of posts on my chosen subject and I hope that the content continues to prove useful. So – until we meet again – I’ll leave you with my new favourite quote, attributed to Education Consultant, Alistair Smith: “At times of change, the learners are the ones who will inherit the world, while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world that no longer exists.”