Tagged: Digital

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.

Culture 24’s ‘Fit for China’ Digital Showcasing Project

Are you an ambitious UK arts or heritage organisation looking for opportunities to reach and engage Chinese audiences online with your cultural offer and assets? Are you interested in working collaboratively and learning though action? Do you feel that your existing digital assets are under exploited when engaging international audiences? If so, the ‘Fit for China’ Digital Showcasing project is perfect for you

Culture24 and the British Council, in partnership with Storythings, are excited to announce a new free collaborative project aiming to develop relevant and engaging UK online cultural content for international audiences with a focus on China. They are seeking expressions of interest from UK arts and heritage organisations wishing to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.

If you are interested in this opportunity please read all the information on the Culture24 website and then complete the expression of interest form no later than 5pm on Monday 3rd August 2015. Successful applicants will be informed by 1st September 2015.

Full details and how to apply here http://weareculture24.org.uk/projects/fit-for-china-digital-showcasing-project/

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Exploring new digital destinations for heritage and academia

12th-14th October 2015

The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ

FREE (charges apply to the evening receptions)

Full programme: www.rluk.ac.uk/dcdc15-programme

Registration: www.rluk.ac.uk/dcdc15/#registration

The National Archives and Research Libraries UK are delighted to announce that registration is now open for this year’s collaborative conference, Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities: Exploring new digital destinations for heritage and academia.

This year’s conference brings together over 70 speakers from across the UK, Europe and further afield to explore key questions facing the future of digital engagement. In what ways can we ensure that digital engagement is truly ‘engaging’? What is the relationship between online ‘hits’ and actual footfall? How can we better capture the meaningful ‘impact’ of engagement via digital means? And during a time of austerity, how can all sectors make the case for innovative digital engagement, not as an indulgent luxury, but as a necessity to preserve the broader relevance and wider recognition of collections? These are just some of the questions the conference’s 12 panels, 6 workshops, and 4 keynote speakers will be looking to address.

We are delighted to announce the support of The Wellcome Library as headline sponsor for this year’s conference, and for The British Library and Jisc as supporting sponsors.

We are also pleased to announce our four keynote speakers, drawn from across the heritage, cultural and academic sectors will be:

  • Simon Chaplin, Director of Culture and Society, The Wellcome Trust
  • Simon Tanner, Director of Digital Consulting, Kings College London
  • Valerie Johnson, Interim Director of Research and Collections, The National Archives
  • Chris Michaels, Head of Digital and Publishing, The British Museum

So please join us for what will be a fascinating two and a half-days of discussion, debate and networking.

Digital Arts Projects Funding Workshop – Grants for the Arts

MMU John Dalton Building (on Oxford Road), Room JD E221
Weds 11 Feb 2015
Seminar 1pm-2.15pm (Opportunities for one-one-one advice sessions from 2.30pm-4pm, booking in advance essential)

Are you considering making a Grants for the Arts funding application for a literature project with a digital focus? (Or any arts project with a digital focus?) Arts Council England and Comma Press are hosting a one-off, free seminar on how to optimise your GftA application.
The session will cover:
– The kind of digital arts projects ACE will fund.
– A step-by-step guide to key sections of the application form.
– Examples of successful and unsuccessful applications (and the reasons for this).
–  A case study with Reform Radio on their successful GftA bid for ‘Harry’ last year.
– Advice from Comma on what makes a successful and innovative arts/digital project, and how to find suitable digital collaborators.

The opportunity for a one-on-one session with Alison Boyle of Arts Council England, to discuss the preparation of your application. While the session will specifically focus on literature/digital projects, the advice and outcomes will be applicable to all art forms (Theatre, Music, Visual Arts etc).

To book your place, please email Ra.Page (ra.page@commapress.co.uk) with your name, your contact details, the name of your organisation and the artform you work in (please put ‘DIGITAL SEMINAR’ in the subject line).

*If you’ve already started a Grants for the Arts online application, or have well-developed ideas for a project, and would like a 15-minute one-on-one session with Alison Boyle of Arts Council England, please let us know in your email. It is advised that you only book one of these sessions if your idea is already fairly well developed.*

Looking Through a Lens: Preserving and presenting the past through digitisation wins Heritage Lottery Fund support

We’re pleased to announce that Kendal Museum has been awarded a grant of £53,400 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the digitisation of two of its important collections; the geology and herbarium. This exciting and innovative project is being led by Curator Manager Carol Davies and Digital Imaging Consultant Tony Riley.

The project will take place over a two year period starting in October 2014 to September 2016 with the photographing of these rare specimens in the Museum’s collections. A touring exhibition of the completed photographs will then be shown in various venues in Cumbria. There is also the opportunity for volunteers, the community and school groups to get involved with the project in workshops, family days and seed planting. This will help with developing links with the wider community and bring new audiences to the Museum.

Carol Davies Curator Manager of Kendal Museum says “the museum team are absolutely thrilled to be awarded the Heritage Lottery Funding to digitise our collections. We are looking forward to Tony bringing these artefacts that belong to the public to life to a global standard, the first to do so in Cumbria. Our direction and energies as a teaching museum working with Kendal College together with our students are now defined for the next two years, bringing two of our most precious and delicate treasured collections to the public attention”.

Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West said, “This is an engaging project which will actively involve people with Kendal Museum’s important mineral and herbarium collections. Volunteers and the wider local community will have great fun while learning about the collections, and HLF is delighted to be able to help people connect with their natural heritage.”

RIOT 1831 @ Nottingham Castle – Open Day

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Lenton Road, Nottingham, NG1 6EL
Friday 5th September 2014, 10am-5pm

From Nottingham Castle:

Come along to our free open day to have a look at the new ‘RIOT 1831 @ NottinghamCastle’ exhibition, which uses the latest Augmented Reality (AR) technology to bring history to life. This open day is specifically for arts, heritage and cultural organisations, technology providers, academics, heritage/arts/technology students and freelancers.

Throughout the day, you will have the opportunity to listen to all three presentations from those involved in delivering this innovative but challenging project. These include staff from Nottingham City Museums and Galleries; academics from the Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham and from the technology providers, Hot Knife Digital Media. They will discuss how the exhibition was created as a partnership and the lessons learned from the experience. Emphasis will be on practical advice that you can use and issues that need to be considered. The funders encouraged risk-taking with its projects and for honest learning to be captured and disseminated.

There will be chance for you to talk to those involved outside of the sessions if you wish to know more.

Below is a draft schedule for the day. Each talk will be repeated at each session to allow you the opportunity to see the project from each of the partner’s viewpoint.

10:00-10:40    Registration, tea and coffee and chance to explore the exhibition

10:40-10:50    Welcome

11:00-12:00    1st Session

12:00-13:30    Lunch and Networking (lunch is not provided)

13:30-14:15    2nd Session

14:15-14:30    Break

14:30-15:15    3rd Session

15:15-15:45    Coffee and Round-up

15:45-17:00    Opportunity to re-visit the exhibition, speak to project partners and

to ask more details about project resources.

Please be aware that lunch is not provided. The Café will be open, offering a range of hot drinks, homemade cakes, sandwiches and cooked food.

To book your FREE ticket please visit our eventbrite page

At your arrival, there will the opportunity to book your priority session during your registration.

Please print off your ticket and bring it along with you on the day.

If you do have any queries, or access requirements, please contact:

Adrian Davies – Adrian.Davies@nottinghamcity.gov.uk; 01158761423 (Project Lead)