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In Gallery Engagement: Digital vs Analogue

Computer interactives, augmented reality, video screens and touchtables, digital is increasingly occupying gallery space as a means of engaging audiences with museum content. Museums are experimenting with new technologies to capture audience interest and deliver deeper interpretation. But while the technology for delivering interactive engagement becomes more sophisticated, are the principles different to those of low-tech interactives such as handling collections, replica costumes and ‘lift-the-flap’ activities? Technology aside, how do digital interactives differ from their low-tech counterparts?

Oxford University Museums Partnership will be exploring this one day conference.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00



10.00-10.30: Arrivals, Registration, Coffee

10.30-10.40: Welcome

10.40-11.50: Session One - Tactile Engagement 

  1. Beyond Layering: digital interactivity in physical contexts - Ted Koterwas, Mobile and Web Team Leader, IT Services, University of Oxford; Scott Billings, Public Engagement Officer, Museum of Natural History; Andy Lamb, Museum Manager, Bate Collection of Musical Instruments.
  2. Material as medium: the narrative potential of haptic manipulation in museums - Xinglin Sun, Information Experience Design, Royal College of Art
  3. Remake the Museum - Hannah Fox, Derby Silk Mill.

11.50-12.40: Session Two - Story Telling 

  1. Digital games for interpretation - Katherine Biggs and Ina Pruegel, Historic Royal Palaces
  2. East Oxford from Above: Digital and non-digital views from the ground - Antonia Harland-Lang, Community Engagement Partnership Officer, Museum of Oxford

12.40-13.40: Lunch and an opportunity to try some gallery activities at the Museum of Natural History

13.40-14.50: Session Three - Families and Schools

  1. The Biggest Best Tour of Buckingham Palace in the World... Ever - Hannah Lake, Learning Curator, Aleskandra Zaczek-Gbiorczyk, Learning Coordinator, Royal Collections Trust
  2. Digital Sketchbooks: iPads as Museum Learning Tools - Helen Ward, Deputy Head of Education, Ashmolean Museum
  3. Family Friendly Fun Arts Award - Miranda Millward, Arts Award Coordinator, Oxford University Museums

14.50-16.00: Session Four - Digital Displays 

  1. Gallery Engagement at RAMM - Kate Osbourne, Learning and Skills Officer, Royal Albert Memorial Museum
  2. Dismantling the Interface - Christopher King, Digital Media Technician, National Maritime Museum
  3. Samsung at the Bodleian - Matt Kimberly, Digital Research Facilitator, Bodleian Digital Library Systems and Services

16.00-16.30: Closing Plenary

Museum of Natural History

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