Buxton Museum & Art Gallery are over three months into the development stage of ‘Collections in the Landscape’.
The project, supported by an £81,000 Stage One grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will use digital media and mobile technology to connect objects with the places in which they were formed, discovered or inspired.
The museum collections have significant links to local landscapes throughout Derbyshire and the Peak District. Pilot projects are due to be launched at Arbor Low, Dovedale and Buxton to test content and technology with audiences. Evaluation of these pilots will inform a Stage Two bid to roll the project out over three years, to bring more museum collections into the landscape.
This new digital approach will be supported by the redevelopment of the museum’s popular ‘The Wonders of the Peak’ gallery. Reflecting advances in technology and new collections research, a new and improved exhibition space will give visitors more choice in how they interact with the objects inside the museum.
The project is still looking for regional partners to get involved and for willing volunteers to help pilot the technology.