The Crab Museum in Margate has been shortlisted for a national award.
The quirky museum in the Old Town is one of five finalists in the Being Social category of the Digital Culture Awards presented by Arts Council England’s Digital Culture Network.
The awards recognise the best in digital transformation, digital engagement, and use of technology in creativity and culture across England.
The Crab Museum made the cut for its “unhinged social media.” The shortlist was chosen by expert judge Haydn Corrodus, who is a digital strategist at Warm Street. The winner will now be decided by public vote.
The Crab Museum team say: “We use deliberately bizarre memes and social media content to promote science learning and engage younger and more diverse audiences.
“Life itself is weird beyond comprehension, and we wanted our digital output to reflect this in both content and form. We also think it’s funny.
“We are a totally independent science museum with no sponsors or big backers, and are up against some much larger and highly respected institutions. So this award would be a huge deal for us plucky undercrabs.”
The Crab Museum opened in 2021 and is headed by enthusiasts and brothers Ned and Bertie Suesat-Williams, from Margate, Chase Coley, from Canvey Island, and GRETL – the museums AI guide.
The trio has some diverse experience. Ned is an archaeologist who has been working in secondary education at home and abroad. He has also performed as a singing squid!
Bertie is a geographer and a writer for news and children’s media and Chase is a sound artist, runs children’s workshops and develops underwater microphones.
The team is up against the National Theatre; the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Shakespeare North Playhouse and the Vagina Museum.
Voting is open until 12pm on Friday 17 March.
Find the Crab Museum at 9 Broad Street Margate
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Last entry 4.30pm