Cutting edge technology and museums may not seem like obvious partners at first glance but Leek’s Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery is proving that just the opposite is true by bringing the venue right into the 21st century.
A new information station has been installed which provides visitors with the opportunity to see the history of the building, explore the collection and exhibitions and find out more about what’s coming up all at the touch of a screen.
Gone are photocopied information lists of old thanks to the touchscreen which has been funded as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund ‘Leek 1914’ exhibition which captured the memories and mood of World War One in the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Leading members of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council were amongst the first to view the new screen which forms a key element of the Museum’s digitalisation project to provide electronic information for public and educational purposes.
Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of the Council, said: “The progress that we have made at the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery in the four years since we restored the building to its intended use is remarkable. Visitor numbers have gone from strength to strength and we’re hosting a range of exhibits and events including the ever popular tea dances and fashion shows.
“We’re always looking for new, innovative ways of keeping the venue fresh and vibrant and this touchscreen will do just that by changing the way visitors are able to interact with the collection, the exhibitions and the history of the building.”
Councillor Gill Burton, cabinet member with responsibility for arts and culture, added: “People nowadays are used to using touchscreen technology, smart phones and laptops and the potential for museums and galleries of such technology is enormous.
“It will really bring the collection and exhibits to life in a way that a whole new generation of visitors can appreciate and it’s a really exciting development for the Nicholson.”
Photograph – ALL AT THE TOUCH OF A SCREEN: Councillors Gill Burton and Sybil Ralphs check out the new touchscreen in the Nicholson Museum and Art Gallery.
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