The Week That Was #72... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word
From strange happenings at the museum to virtual house hunting, via a visit to the House of Lords and the launch of the Cardiff Book Festival, here’s five peeks behind our week…
1. Claw-some social storytelling for National Museum Cardiff
If you’re in Cardiff today, make sure you head over to National Museum Cardiff to check out some rather enormous dinosaur claws which have mysteriously appeared overnight, engulfing the roof of the building.
For those of you wondering just what this is all about, back in May you may remember that we teamed up with the museum to run a social media campaign for its latest exhibition Dinosaur Babies, telling the story of a dinosaur on the loose in Cardiff.
We shared updates of the havoc it was causing throughout the city in our Daily Draco newspaper and video updates and now, after safely finding its way to the Museum, it would seem the dinosaur is back on the move again… but where will it be heading next?
Keep your eyes peeled for more Jurassic happenings on Amgueddfa Cymru’s social channels over the next week through #DinoBabies and #DinoOnTheLoose! And take a look at what WalesOnline has to say about it all here.
2. Launching the Cardiff Book Festival
We’re a bunch of bookworms here at Working Word so it’s been a dream gig over the past few months to help plan the Cardiff Book Festival. We’ve been working with BBC’s Brian Meechan and journalist and TV producer to put together a diverse line-up of big names and local talent which we’ve launched to the world today. Join us from Friday 22nd Sunday 24th September and hear from GQ editor Dylan Jones on his new David Bowie book, Games Workshop, Tomb Raider and Fighting Fantasy creator Ian Livingstone, former junior doctor turned comedian Adam Kay and (Louis’ brother) Marcel Theroux on his epic new novel. The Western Mail, South Wales Echo and Wales Arts Review splashed big on the story today. Find out the full line-up here.
3. House hunting without even stepping foot through the door
If you’ve ever searched for a property, you’ll know just how time-consuming house hunting can be thanks to misleading photos and countless viewings adding up the hours, days and week it takes to find that home sweet home.
What if we told you that you could view multiple homes in the same time it would take to travel to just one…and all without stepping foot though their doors? Well, that’s where virtual reality comes in.
Staying firmly put at the forefront of the industry, our client Waterstone Homes is no stranger to the digital development making waves across the property market.
Having used VR to market their very own luxury sea-side apartments, we pitched the company’s Sales Director, Andrea Gardner for a thought leadership piece in trade title, UK Construction Excellence. Sharing her expertise on how virtual reality is revolutionising property sales today, we bagged a double page spread in the sector’s leading magazine, which you can check out here.
4. Taking the Tube to talk tech
As event venues go, the House of Lords is a good one. This week saw Working Word travel to the historic seat of British politics to join the elite of the scientific community. Accompanied by our client, the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult and Innovate UK, we revealed how the British developments in Graphene and compound semiconductors (CS) will continue to revolutionise how we all live and work.
If you’ve never heard of either of these don’t worry. Needless to say that CS technology is essential to the smartphone in your hand and the internet that brings this page to your screen (and that’s just the start). As for Graphene, well this British invention has limitless applications, we’ll never look at a pencil the same way again!
5. Celebrating Youth Work Week
This week we’ve been celebrating the amazing work of youth organisations, youth workers and young people from across the country as part of the Welsh Government’s annual Youth Work Week. Kicking off the week of celebrations was the Youth Work Excellence Awards, which recognises and rewards their achievements and the impact of their work. It’s safe to say we’ve been inspired by the experiences that we’ve heard.
We’ve been hard at work putting together regional case studies for media across Wales to share the inspiring stories of the winners. Stories like that of Ken Pritchard, who received the Outstanding Volunteer Youth Worker award for his hard work helping to change the lives of young people within his community. The very deserving winner has dedicated over thirty years of his life to developing the Ystrad Mynach Boys’ and Girls’ Club for young people in the area and you can read his story in this week’s Caerphilly Campaign or on the Caerphilly Observer online here. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for more coverage of the awards in your local paper!
Will you be putting on a pot of coffee and getting the bacon rolls in early tomorrow morning to watch the Lions’ second test? Remember to set your alarm for 8.35am (on a Saturday...we know!) Let’s hope they can smash this second test and make that early Saturday start all worth it. Pob lwc boys!