The Hidden Museum: Performing museum spaces through digital technology

10 June 2015, 12.00 PM - 10 June 2015, 2.00 PM

Dr Darren Roberts, Research Collaborator on the Hidden Museum Project (University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education), Laura Chilcott, Senior Producer (Aardman Animations), Gail Boyle, Senior Curator (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery)

4.10, 35 Berkeley Square, BS8 1JA

This event is a part of the Festival of Education series from 3 - 15 June 2015. 

The aim of the session is to share our reflections on, and lessons from, a one year project titled ‘Hidden Museum’. The project was lead by a partnership between Bristol Museum and Art GalleryAardman Animations, and Bristol University (Graduate School of Education). The Hidden Museum project was funded by the Digital R&D Fund for the Arts - the funders are: AHRCACE and NESTA. The central aim of the project was to combine iBeacon and tablet technologies to develop a new digital App for Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and then to test the App in situ. In doing so we also wanted to explore the relationship between digital technology, museum spaces, and learning/engagement. Once we had completed the development of the App we ran user testing sessions for a month in Bristol Museum, during which time we carried out observations and interviews with the participants to try to understand how the integration of digital technology affects their engagement in/with the museum.

The Hidden Museum project started with a quite simple objective – to use digital technology to encourage visitors to explore parts of the museum that they wouldn’t normally go to. The results from our research show that indeed the Hidden Museum App can be used to achieve this. However, in doing the research we have found that the integration of digital technologies into museums opens up an array of opportunities and questions about how museums are perceived and experienced and engaged with. In our session, speakers from Bristol University, Aardman, and Bristol Museum will all draw on their experiences from the project to explore these issues. The talk will address a range of issues from the very practical to the more topical issues of education, digital literacy, and the place of museums.

Following our session in the Graduate School of Education, attendees are invited and encouraged to join us in the museum (for up to an hour or so) where you will have the opportunity to have a go on the Hidden Museum App. Hopefully we will be able to bring some of the things we talk about to life. It’s also a great opportunity to see the Museum and some of its wonderful collections. So, please join us in Bristol Museum after the session (the museum is a two minute walk from the School). Note: you do not require a tablet device to take part in using Hidden Museum App as we will provide a device.

Speakers: Dr Darren Roberts, Research Collaborator on the Hidden Museum Project (University of Bristol, Graduate School of Education)

Laura Chilcott, Senior Producer (Aardman Animations)

Gail Boyle, Senior Curator (Bristol Museum and Art Gallery)

Time: 12 - 2pm

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Contact information

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