The project is exploring ways in which both museums can use new digital technologies and ways of working to interpret our collections and work in new ways with our communities. This has led to work with Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D scanning and printing, interactive web features and experiments in social media and video.
An integral part of the project has been to trial a new way of encouraging people to choose museums and heritage as a career, without having to do a Masters degree in the subject. We have two trainees without formal qualifications in Museum Studies who are exploring all aspects of museum, archive and library work, as well as attending Museum Studies lectures and and other forms of training.
There is a strong digital literacy strand for museum staff and volunteers, with monthly sessions on different topics and skills ranging from Instagram to Wikipedia. The project team have embraced Agile management methods to run this project, and have been expanding their approach to colleagues across both museums.