Luton’s Wardown Park Museum has been awarded £1.8million from the Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve the building and transform the way its story is told.
The work will open up new areas of the building – originally designed as a private residence – and will give visitors an insight into life above and below stairs in a wealthy family home during the Victorian period.
The project lends itself perfectly to a tablet tour, an approach that we are finding is increasingly popular with clients and we’re looking forward to helping bring the history of the museum building and its exhibits to life.
Read more how other clients have used our tablet tours…
The Master’s House, Ledbury
St Martin’s Church, Bilborough
We’re pleased to be part of the team that will be reimagining Amersham Museum, an independent museum in a listed mediaeval building which is now developing into a larger, more accessible museum.
It’s great to be collaborating again with Querceus who are currently working on the design for this new project. We’re looking forward to becoming further involved as it progresses as this is another project where we can use technology creatively to make the most of an interesting historical space.
The creative ideas are looking really exciting and we’ll keep you up-to-date with developments that will be interpreting the development of Amersham as a market town, the history of its transport from coaching inns to the railway, its history of protest and dissent, local industry, and housing and domestic life in the town.
In 2014 we developed and installed a multi-touch screen at the Woodland Trust’s new visitor centre at Glen Finglas in the Trossachs National Park.
The screen features a map of the park and we have just upgraded the software to include 360 degree panoramic photography for twelve points on the map that offer particularly stunning views.
The photography features each location in summer, autumn and winter so that visitors can immerse themselves in the landscape, experiencing it as if they were there, at any time of year they choose.
Increasingly, we are being asked to provide an integrated turnkey service for clients that includes hardware specification, software design, producing audio visual and film content, and installation on site. It’s a service that means your interactive exhibits will be ready to go with no hassle.
There are a number of advantages to a turnkey service:
- Single point of contact: you can reduce the overhead and communication challenges of managing multiple contractors.
- Economy of scale: you can achieve a cost benefit through shared meetings and overheads.
- Integrated systems: by developing all aspects of the project side by side we can deliver the most efficient, effective and robust solutions.
- Content management: one easy-to-use content management system can serve multiple exhibits and be added to and updated to suit your needs.
- Longevity: a single source warranty and maintenance service for all components of the project makes ongoing maintenance and support more streamlined and easy to manage.
Read more about project that we have provided a turnkey solution for:
Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall
The Cutty Sark
Wardown Park Museum
Fire Aware for Moors for the Future
Many of the projects that we work on are supported by Heritage Lottery Funding and often we are involved at the earliest stages to help put together a persuasive application with specifications for both hardware and software that will help to make any project a success.
In its guidance the Heritage Lottery Fund states, “In assessing applications, we take account of outcomes for heritage, people and communities that projects will achieve” and we believe that including specialists in hardware and software in the team at application stage can help to meet those outcomes.
Typically, our role would include developing a design document which specifies:
- All the interactive exhibits,
- Their locations within a site and any constraints that these might impose,
- The necessary hardware taking into account any particular needs determined by the nature of the location such as robustness, being water resistant or any M&E constraints,
- Full costings.
Detailed specifications will meet the varied requirements of a project including:
- Being sympathetic to the creative and general design approach of the exhibition.
- Meeting specific educational and interpretive objectives and testing against them throughout the design process to ensure that they are educationally sound and will remain relevant for future visitors.
- Being designed in accordance with accessibility guidelines and with DDA compliance as well as with general accessibility for the widest possible audience in mind.
- Being designed for robustness and longevity using commercially proven delivery platforms wherever possible to mitigate the risk of equipment failure and reduce maintenance costs.
By working closely with a team of architects, lighting specialists, exhibition designers, interpreters and curatorial staff we can comprehensively specify complete systems that can be installed and implemented on a turnkey basis. This thorough approach means that, not only does the client have a robust funding application, the end result for their project is one that will meet all their objectives from both interpretive and practical perspectives.