Museum hashtag battles are becoming quite the trend on social media during the global coronavirus pandemic. Following the success of #CreepiestObject, this weekend curators have been sharing their #SassiestObject.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, when museums across the world were forced to close their doors, the museum community has been taking to social media to engage with and entertain visitors digitally.
First, we saw #MuseumAtHome, where museums are sharing interesting facts, funny snippets and educational programmes. Then, the #CreepiestObject went viral on Twitter, with a whole host of downright scary museum items on show. Now, the museum community has been using a new hashtag #SassiestObject, to give another humourous insight into their collections.
The #CuratorBattle was again kicked off by Yorkshire Museum in the UK who shared a bust of Emperor Constantine The Great, famed for both reuniting the Roman empire and naming a city after himself.
We’re starting with this bust of Emperor Constantine The Great. He won the throne, reunited the #Roman empire, AND named a city after himself.
It’s even in his name. He knows he’s worth it.
CAN YOU BEAT IT? pic.twitter.com/JnGUfryhVO
— Yorkshire Museum (@YorkshireMuseum) April 24, 2020
A whole lot of sass followed as museums of all kinds took up the challenge. Twitter was treated to everything from confident goddesses and aristocrats with impressive wigs and ruffles, to sassy hippos and peacocks with attitude.
— National Trust in the East (@East_England_NT) April 24, 2020
One of our favourites is a fish from National Museums Scotland’s Natural Sciences dept, which is giving a serious amount of sassy side-eye.
— Natural Sciences NMS (@NatSciNMS) April 24, 2020
Mother Shipton’s shared some petrified knickers and Historic Royal Palaces offered Queen Victoria’s blue silk boots.
We’re weighing in on the #CuratorBattle! 💪
— Historic Royal Palaces (@HRP_palaces) April 24, 2020
One of the more dangerous submissions was an exploding sporran, again from National Museums Scotland, complete with hidden pistols.
Our #SassiestObject has to be this Sporran Clasp. It had 4 hidden pistols which would fire if the sporran was not opened correctly.
Nothing says sassy like an exploding crotch.
🔥#CURATORBATTLE https://t.co/if5VrpZb7S pic.twitter.com/qfp19kw0So
— National Museums Scotland (@NtlMuseumsScot) April 24, 2020