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The Museum of the Future; How do we make the online (and onsite) museum experience more immersive and engaging for diverse audiences?

Global Heritage: Science, Management and Development - Virtual Seminar

Museums of the Future
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The University-wide research theme, Global Heritage: Science, Management and Development invites you to join the seminar on  The Museum of the Future; How do we make the online (and onsite) museum experience more immersive and engaging for diverse audiences?

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Professor Graham Black, Wide Sky Design and Phil McNeil from Squint Opera in discussion with Jonathan Hamilton, Senior Lecturer and Researcher in Graphic Design.

For many years the museum sector has been wrestling with the issues of making themselves and their collections more accessible and engaging. The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of our cultural sectors and museums but there are some significant issues to address with accessibility and engagement. This discussion explores the potential to improve both online and onsite museum experiences. seeking to create strategies to attract and engage new and diverse audiences.

The event will culminate with a Q&A panel discussion


Professor Graham Black

Professor Graham Black is an expert in museum visitor studies, audience development, learning and interpretation and has written and consulted widely on these subjects. Graham combines his career as a consultant Heritage Interpreter with academic work in Public History and Heritage Management on the MA and CCSSC validated Museum and Heritage Management MA / PG Diploma course at Nottingham Trent University. Exhibitions on which he has acted as Interpretive Consultant have won the first UK £100,000 Museum Prize (2003) and been on the final shortlist for the Prize (2007), as well as winning its predecessor the Gulbenkian Prize, a Museum of the Year Award, the Special Judges Prize at the Interpret Britain Awards and the English Tourist Board's 'England for Excellence' Tourist Attraction of the Year Award. Two of the museums reached the final shortlist for the European Museum of the Year Award.

Wide Sky Design

Wide Sky Design create specialist design, development and installation of digital and on-line interactives, audio-visual exhibits and hardware systems for museums and attractions. Wide Sky have been working with the museum sector for many years with a wide range of local, national and international venues. Wide Sky have a commitment to the interpretation of heritage and the natural environment is recognised by membership of the AHI. Wide Sky were formerly known as Heritage Multimedia and have more than 20 years’ experience in the heritage sector.

Phil McNeil, Squint Opera

Squint Opera are a creative studio that specialises in digital media, that brings together storytelling, media production, technology and design. Their focus is to create outstanding digital media for architects, museums, visitor attractions and green technology businesses. They blend creativity and technology combining strategy with design, content and software. Squint Opera have studios in London and New York.

Phil McNeil is an experiential designer with specialist knowledge in combining physical and digital interactives with a particular interest in museums. Phil has worked for All of Us, Kin and New Angle Productions and graduated from NTU Graphic Design in 2009

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