People testing website. They are happy with the results.
Digital Accessibility, via Canva.com

Accessibility is a human right. In the UK alone, 14.1 million people have a disability, and most of them acquired it as adults. This translates to 21 in every 100 people having some sort of disability [Scope].

In line with similar legislation around the world, the UK government passed the…


View of earth from space. Celebrating Earth Day 2021.
22 April 2021, Earth Day, picture via Wikimedia Commons

Today is Earth Day and Google has created a special doodle to encourage us to plant more trees. Sustainability and calls to prevent climate change are daily news. …


Honeycomb diagram showing the seven elements of online user experience.
Seven elements for a great online user experience, copyright Themis Chalvantzi-Stringer

Last week I was writing on the subject of branding for small museums and heritage sites. This week I’ll be looking at some simple steps museums and heritage sites can take to improve their websites’ user experience.

When thinking about a website, whether it is a brand new one or…


Diagram showing the five components of branding
Branding components, copyright Themis Chalvantzi-Stringer

The whole world is striving to get back to some kind of pre-covid normality. In the UK everyone is waiting for April 12, when shops, restaurants and pubs, cafes, and the much-awaited hairdressers can re-open. Museums and heritage sites though find themselves in the strange position of being able to…


A gallery room with paintings without any people.
Mona Lisa gallery without visitors, the Louvre. Via Wikimedia Creative Commons

It has been a year since the pandemic roll-out worldwide started, and many industries are starting to reflect on the past year and release information on its effects.

It is beyond doubt that tourism is the industry worst affected. In 2019 the World Tourism Organisation reported 1.5 billion international tourist…


5 things that can improve the visitor experience at heritage sites and museums.

Queue of Chinese people waiting for the toilet
Waiting for the Toilet, copyright Photo/IC

1/ Mind your pees. I have an archaeology and world heritage academic background but also I have been working as a tourist guide since 2010. While training to become a tourist guide one comment by the British Museum trainer stuck to my mind: “you can know the history of the…


A laptop open next to a notepad with pages filled in handwritten notes.
Studying, copyright by rhodesj on flicker and used with Creative Commons licence

If there is one thing that the whole world has learnt in the last year is that e-conferencing and e-learning are here to stay. …


The wedding dress of Empress Catherine II, copyright kremlyn.ru

Some years ago, I was invited to an international conference in Moscow, Russia. Part of the activities organised for the participants included a visit to the Armoury Chamber of the Moscow Kremlin Museum. Out of thousands of impressive artefacts on display, including Faberge eggs, only one is stuck to my…


The Buganda kings’ tombs at Kasubi, Uganda copyright not not phil via Wikimedia Commons

For many years — ever since the 2006 UNESCO Convention in Tokyo — community involvement has been hailed as an integral part of promoting sustainable tourism.

Very often though, this participation is difficult to realise. Tourism is often seen or described as an external powerful force that impacts on the…

Themis Chalvantzi-Stringer 💙🇪🇺🇬🇷

I love archaeology, arts and heritage, and traveling. I am a freelance tourist guide

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