The Twitter Museum of the Home Worker

Being stuck at home is a great opportunity for some digital collaboration, and we thought it would be fun to launch a digital Twitter Museum of the Home Worker (you don’t have to be working to participate).

This is your chance to share the story of an object you have in your home that can tell a story about what it is to be a human being. Whether that is historic or contemporary item, a book, a letter, a commemorative plate, your grandmother’s frying pan, the last love letter from your ex, or a set of not-yet-archived archaeological finds (for shame) share a picture using the hashtag #MuseumOfTheHomeWorker and add a two or three thread Twitter story to tell us about the object – as you would see in a museum exhibit.

Obviously, only share things that are suitable for all ages, don’t accidentally doxx yourself, and make sure you have permission for anything that might be subject to copyright.

If you have any questions, feel free to also use the contact page or tweet @LornaRichardson or @James_Dixon


Instructions for Contributors

Hello contributors!

First of all, thank you very much for proposing your paper for the fourth Public Archaeology Twitter Conference! You took a leap of faith! This is an experiment, but, having been inspired by the World Seabird Twitter Conference, it makes sense to share and adapt (i.e. nick) some of their hints and tips from their experiences.

You have been given a time slot in which to tweet your research based on your geographic location. Make sure your account is not private and your tweets are not protected, otherwise we will be unable to see them.

Draft your tweets ahead of time in order to avoid issues during the event.

  • Presentations have 15 minutes each and are allowed a maximum of 20 tweets. Tweet one per minute if you have 20 you may need to speed up, which will then allow some time after the session for questions or comments – people may carry on commenting for days afterwards, so expect some traffic to your Twitter account after your paper is delivered
  • Every tweet should be numbered and contain the conference hashtag #PATC4.
  • Please thread your tweets carefully i.e.  reply to yourself with each tweet, so that they are displayed together on Twitter – and don’t forget to hashtag each tweet!!
  • Your paper should start with an introductory tweet – tell everyone about yourself, your paper and what you are going to talk about
  • Links, videos, gifs and images are encouraged! You can add screenshots of powerpoint slides, or pages of text if this helps your argument
  • PLEASE do not over run your time slot. It gets chaotic if this happens, and makes it harder for people to follow.
  • You may experience some nasty comments or strange retweeting. Sadly, this is not unusual for Twitter. Please let us know if you have any problems, and we will report the accounts to Twitter.
  • If at any point you have connectivity issues, please email Lorna or Jim and we can make an announcement so people watching don’t think you have disappeared