October 2nd, 2011CultureQR CODES AT ATTINGHAM PARKA Study of QR Code Use in Museum and Heritage InterpretationBy, Caitlin Calhoon
As a dissertation project for my MA in Archaeology for Screen Media at University of Bristol, I worked with Attingham Park, National Trust property in Shropshire, to incorporate QR code technology into their existing interpretation. Our goal was to explore how QR codes could fit into an established heritage institution such as the National Trust, as well as whether visitors would be willing and interested in using QR codes during their visit to the property. For the project I created ten short, 30 second YouTube videos and one Flickr album and linked them to the site using QR codes containing their web urls. The videos were short so visitors would continue to enjoy the actual property and the indoor videos were silent so as not to disrupt the other visitors. Additionally, visitors were invited to give feedback about the project by commenting on the YouTube videos or the Attingham Facebook page. We found that because not everyone has a smartphone, QR codes work best for extra information, but should not be relied on as a main source of interpretation. Rather than construct any complete picture of Attingham’s history, the Attingham QR code project is intended to add an extra level of engagement with the property for those who are capable of, and choose to, use it.Tags: Cultural, Guest Blog, museums, QR Code
A Guest Blog by Satoko Shimizu @0bo5_fr who is a Student of Tokyo University of Foreign Languages (TUFS) French major.
When we hear “social media and museum” we tend to think about interesting action from the museum side for a more open-wide visitor. But social media can be tools that visitors use to express their opinions to the museum.
In Paris there is an interesting movement as a good example.Tags: Cultural, France, museums, social media
September 4th, 2011Culture
Bantock House was built in 1730’s for Bantock family who made their money as a canal and railway agent after moving to Wolverhampton from Scotland. The house was left to Wolverhampton in 1938 but, as that was world time, it was used for the home guard until 1948. It wasn’t until 1999 that this Grade II listed building took it’s current, and most impressive, stance as a social history museum.
I was able to have a chat with three of curators:Tags: AskACurator, Cultural, Interview, Museum