Tagged: Digital

MINIM-UK: A New Musical Heritage Learning Resource

MINIM is now the largest national resource about musical instruments in public collections and includes photographs, video and sound recordings and information about over 20,000 instruments in 200 collections in the UK.

Discover musical instruments from our national museums such as the British Museum, V&A and Science Museum as well as over 4,000 instruments making their online debut thanks to a team of tireless cataloguers who have travelled the UK digitising as they go. For real enthusiasts, find up-to-date lists and navigable maps of UK Museums with musical instruments in their collections.

The project was generously supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2015 and has been led by the Royal College of Music in partnership with Edinburgh University, the Horniman Museum and Gardens and the Royal Academy of Music, supported by Google Arts and Culture.

Find out more here.

The platform is built using open-source technology and we would be glad to share resources or experience with anyone who is interested in finding out more. Get in touch with us at museum@rcm.ac.uk.


Launch of Reference Collection Search Portal

From the University of York:

We are delighted to announce the launch of the ‘National Zooarchaeological Reference Resource’ (NZRR), a specimen-level search portal for vertebrate skeletal collections in the UK. If you’ve ever found yourself desperately emailing colleagues to find that elusive specimen of chamois, burbot, etc., then this may be the solution.

Funded by a grant from Historic England, the NZRR so far includes data from 10 university zooarchaeology labs, 5 museums, one charitable trust, one private collection, and Historic England’s own zooarchaeology lab. We are expecting to add several additional collections in the near future, and welcome further submissions.

The resource is hosted by the Archaeology Data Service and is now live here.

Please take a look, try out some queries, and let us know what you think. Comments on the search interface are particularly welcome: we’re still working on this and already have a list of improvements in the pipeline.

Researching Digital Cultural Heritage International Conference Call for Papers

Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December 2017

From the Conference Team:

“Researching Digital Cultural Heritage” is a 2-day international conference in Manchester (30/11 – 1/12 2017), jointly organised by the University of Manchester and Newcastle University. The conference proposes a critical examination of established and emerging theoretical, methodological and analytical frameworks in researching cultural heritage spaces, objects, audiences and practices in the digital realm. This includes both the impact that digital media have in developing new research methodologies and frameworks of analysis of cultural heritage; and the practice of researching digitally mediated or digitally constituted heritage objects, spaces and interactions and the environments in which this research takes place.

We invite proposals for 20min presentations that focus and critically reflect on theoretical, methodological, ethical, or analytical approaches in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm. Indicative themes include:

– Current and emerging research design, methodologies, methods and tools in researching cultural heritage in the digital realm (e.g. digital ethnography, social network analysis, visual analysis, sentiment analysis, text mining, big data, data visualisation, digital archives, web and social media analytics)

– Digitally enabled collaborative, participatory and reflexive approaches in cultural heritage design, research and practice

– Ethical considerations and processes in researching digital cultural heritage

– Researching digital materiality in cultural heritage

– Researching social media and digital games as cultural heritage

– Researching audiences in digital cultural heritage environments

– Researching organisational strategies, structures, processes and workforce in digital cultural heritage

– Digital/online cultural heritage spaces as research environments

Please find the full Call for Papers and proposal template on the conference’s webpage:www.manchester.ac.uk/digitalheritageconference

Deadline for Proposals: Friday 21st July 2017

Digital Preservation Research Workshop

Monday 26th June 2017
The British Museum
11:00 – 15:00

You are invited to a workshop at the British Museum designed to better understand the priorities for the sector around digital preservation practices. 

The workshop will contribute to research being conducted in the development a HLF Skills for the Future programme: The Digital Heritage Discovery that if successful will invest in a new generation of diverse museum professionals to equip them with a dynamic understanding of digital data management, preservation and access practices relating to museum collections.

27 trainees, based in museums across the UK, will form a proactive network through which essential digital skills, tools and workflows are developed and shared between trainees, host museums and the wider sector. Trainees will tackle key challenges of digital management, from securing at-risk legacy data to maximising the value of digital assets such as photographs. Positive action recruitment will seek to appoint trainees who demonstrate a natural digital talent and benefit the diversity profiles of their host museum. After a year of on-the-job training, trainees will be able to harness essential skills and act as champions in the sector, placing digital best practice at the heart of all areas of museum work.

If you are able to attend, please contact Maria Bojanowska, Head of National Programmes on mbojanowska@britishmuseum.org by Monday 19th June. If you would like to attend but do not have the funds to travel, please mention this in your reply.


Digital Learning in Museums

Partnership Event from the Oxford University Museums Partnership and the Digital Learning Network

Museums and cultural organisations play a key role in the formal learning environment, offering engaging, ‘beyond the classroom’ learning experiences for primary, secondary FE and HE students.

Increasingly museums are utilising digital tools to facilitate these formal learning experiences both to respond to an increasingly digital learning environment and enhance the learning experience. Digital is now a key component of wider learning strategies.

This one day conference will be devoted to digital learning in museums, with a particular focus on ‘formal learning’. The day aims to share insights and lessons from current work happening across he sector, but also discuss bigger questions around the role of digital in terms of learning strategies and sustainability.

For the full programme and details on how to book click here.

Explore Historic Kelham Island Museum… in Virtual Reality!

The first ever VR experience has been launched on Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust’s Kelham Island Museum website – the open stores and Engineer’s workshop area of the museum have been meticulously scanned and recreated in a digital immersive space. 

Allowing you to virtually walk around areas of the museum that are ordinarily inaccessible to visitors, it is intended to show more objects from the museum’s vast collection.

Requiring nothing more than a simple cardboard headset and modern smartphone, the downloadable experience is compatible with most Android and Apple phones and Samsung Gear VR headsets.

Whilst VR mode is a first for the museum, it’s not the only medium with which to explore the immersive experience. It can also be accessed in 2D mode on computer, laptop and smartphones. 

Find out more at:


Jodi Awards 2017

Applications for the Jodi Awards 2017 are now invited. The ‘Jodis’, as they are affectionately known, recognise the best use of digital technology in widening access to information, collections, learning and creativity for disabled people in museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives. Museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and archives from all countries can apply for an award. 

The Jodi Mattes Trust welcomes applications from organisations of all sizes, for low-tech and hi-tech projects and for small or large audiences. What matters is the quality of your project. The Jodi Awards are given in memory of Jodi Mattes (1973-2001). Jodi was a tireless champion of equal access to culture and the Awards were set up to celebrate her passion and energy. In her career at the British Museum and RNIB, her work focused on improving the visitor experience to cultural activities for disabled people and the importance of involving disabled people in programme and project development.

If you are planning to apply for an Award, please let us know by sending an email entitled ‘Expression of Interest’ to info@jodiawards.org.uk.  In this email please state the name of your organisation and the title of your project. This information will help us track incoming applications. 

For more information and to download an application form, please visit our new website jodiawards.org.uk/apply.

Application deadline 27 January 2017.

Creating Digital Change

Thursday 16th February 2017
HOME, Manchester
10:00 – 16:15

From Artswork

This course will provide an introduction to digital cultural learning projects through a range of case studies, along with highlighting key points from Artswork’s research into the agendas, challenges and opportunities involved in mixing digital creativity and cultural learning (e.g. Minecraft, Processing/Scratch, Makey Makey/Raspberry Pi, art apps on tablets).

You will explore the possibilities of useful, popular tools for creating exciting, contemporary digital learning projects.  As part of the course day, you will also have the opportunity to explore and devise potential integrated, strategic and innovative projects.

There will be many opportunities for networking within the day and beyond this you will be invited to become part of a virtual network where you can continue to share practice, and discuss and develop potential partnerships

Ideal for:

  • Learning and digital staff in cultural organisations interested in extending digital practice with schools and children and young people
  • Cultural learning brokers or consultants interested in supporting partnerships
  • Creative and digital practitioners interested in working more effectively in education
  • Teachers and informal workers with children and young people interested in making digital learning more creative & cultural, or in making creative & cultural activities more engaging through the use of digital

The Cost:
Get 25% discount off the course fee of £130 if you book before the 31st January 2017. The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance.

Book your place online at www.artswork.org.uk/events, or contact rachelhall@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491

Culture24 Digital Programme

Do you want to work with Culture24 to engage audiences with your digital collection?

Culture24, working in partnership with Museum Development North West, is looking to support staff in 10 museums in the North West to understand how to reach and engage adult audiences and communities of interest with digital content from and about collections. This programme has been made possible with ACE Resilience Funding.

We want to help museum professionals and volunteers understand how to make their content fit for purpose to meet audience needs and understand better what motivates (or doesn’t motivate) people to discover and visit museums on/offline.

We want to work with museums most in need of help and ensure individuals in those museums are able to embed new approaches and learning into their work once the project is over. Each museum will be paid a £200 honorarium to support participation.

Participants from each museum will work together as a group to identify/understand their target audience needs; create and publish fit-for-purpose digital content on Culture24’s and their own websites; reach out to and engage communities of interest via a range of channels then track and analyse usage and engagement using online analytics tools.

Interested? What you need to take part:

-A digitised collection
-To be an accredited museum
-To be near the beginning of your digital journey or to be in need of help and support with audience engagement via digital publishing
-To have a desire to experiment and explore the possibilities of your own collection via digital publishing and digital storytelling

Time to be able to take part:

  • To be able to attend two workshops over the 18 month period in a venue to be decided in the North West region (first workshop January 2017)
  • To have time to write and develop content (this will depend on the project / experiment we identify – according to capacity and need)
  • To be able to partake in occasional Skype surgeries, phonecalls, emails and webchats in order to develop projects and ideas
  • To be able to take part in user feedback as part of the evaluation of the project.

This would equate to approximately one day a month time commitment over the 18 months.

If you would like to be considered for the project, please fill in the brief questionnaire and return it to Kaye Hardyman, Museum Development Officer: kaye.hardyman@manchester.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 11th November 2016. You must have support from a senior manager to participate in the programme (where appropriate).

If you want more information on the programme before submitting your questionnaire contact Richard Moss, Editor at Culture24 Richard@culture24.org.uk Tel: 01273 523987

About Culture24

Reaching and engaging audiences is central to Culture24’s work. We support museums to create and curate high quality digital content with the aim of building sustainable, engaged online audiences around subjects and within relevant communities of interest.

We help museum professionals understand how to make their content fit for purpose to meet audience needs. In the last year Culture24’s online publishing generated 3,651,509 page views and 2,187,550 user sessions from 1,829,107 users.


Image licensing toolkit launched

Yesterday at our EU Public Sector Information and copyright workshop the Peter Scott Gallery launched their “Digital Image Management and Licensing in a Small-Scale Museum and Gallery” toolkit.

Funded through MDNW’s Sustainable Improvement Fund, this project devised and tested a sustainability model that used image licensing as an income generator for the Peter Scott Gallery collection. The project had the documentation process at its heart and produced a toolkit that captured the work and findings.

The toolkit is full of practical advice for small museums on how to manage your objects and associated images through cataloguing, photographing and licensing images to generate income.

The toolkit is available either from their website

https://www.lancasterarts.org/collections/research-projects/sustainability-development-mdnw or here –  Final DILT_MDNW_LIVE AT LICA.