Beyond Museum Walls: Locative media providing encounters with European history

Lightning Talk

Friday, April 16, 2021: 12:30pm - 2:00pm - - Lightning Talk

Jo Morrison, Calvium, UK, Fabrizio Nevola, University of Exeter, United Kingdom

The Hidden Cities suite of five smartphone apps is an output of research funded by the Humanities in European Research Area (HERA), involving researchers from universities in Italy, Germany the Netherlands, Spain and the UK, and technical partners Calvium.

This talk uses the Hidden Cities project as a case study to discuss opportunities for museums to use locative media in ways that enable members of the public to engage with the histories of urban public spaces and for museum professionals to extend the ways that they frame the spatial characteristics of the museum’s setting (particularly relevant for post-pandemic cultural heritage sites and narratives). 

The talk shares key information about the making of the locative media (content and technology) in ways that will enlighten, inspire and enable the museum community to pursue digital projects that move beyond an institution’s walls. In so doing, we shall discuss the bespoke platform that was built to create the unique ‘user experience’ for each of the five European cities.

Audience members will benefit from this talk by learning how:
– locative media supports public engagement with history in urban space;
– the practice of creating locative media enhances the understanding of museum professionals;
– museums can extend the stories of their collections in to the physical fabric of shared urban spaces through the use of personal mobile devices such as smartphones; 
– museums can benefit from conceptualising public spaces as a blend of physical and digital settings, i.e. hybrid public space;
– academic researchers and industry collaborate to create digital products that consider the user experience of the ‘museum visitors’ as well as the historians who create the content and drive the platform.

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