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Digital Creative Industries Networking

Is your museum interested in:

  • Giving a wider range of people access to collections and associated information?

  • Making the museum experience more interactive?

  • Providing effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences?

Then apply for a place at our ‘Museums Hack Day’ event, Friday 16 June 2017! Deadline for applications 9am on Monday 8 May 2017. Six South East Museums will be selected to take part. 

Southampton Solent University, the South East Museum Development Programme, Digital South and Creative Network South are working together on a project that will build new connections between museums in the South East of England and the digital creative industries.

The objectives of the project are:

  • To bring museums, digital and creative industries together to address common museum sector challenges
  • To come up with new solutions to these challenges
  • To identify a potential project to put these ideas into practice
  • To provide initial support to progress that project

We are looking for up to six museums to take part in the project. This opportunity is open to any Accredited and Working Towards Accreditation museums in the region covered by the South East Museum Development Programme: Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

By taking part in this project your museum can:

  • Gain valuable insight and ideas from designers, developers, technologists and other digital and creative professionals
  • Develop an idea for a new way for your museum to engage people with the collections you care for
  • Gain financial support and expert capacity to progress your idea towards implementation

On Friday 16 June 2017, an exciting ‘Museums Hack Day’ event at Solent University will bring museums, designers, developers and technologists together to solve the participant museums’ problems in one or more of the following areas, relevant to Section 2 of Museum Accreditation ‘Users and Their Experiences’:

  • Giving a wider range of people access to collections and associated information
  • Making the museum experience more interactive
  • Providing effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences

Each of the six selected museums will be allocated up to 3 places at the event, so you can bring a broad and balanced team.  At the event, each of the six selected museums will be teamed with digital creatives from across the South of England. They will work together to develop an idea to address the museum’s problem. At the end of the event, an expert panel will select one winning idea. The team behind this idea will receive additional help:

  • Business planning support from Solent University
  • Investment budget to support idea development and securing of investment approx. £2,000

At the end of the Museums Hack Day the winning museum and its digital creative teammates will be invited to join Solent University, Digital South and the South East Museum Development Programme for a follow up meeting to progress next steps.

Express interest between now and 9am on Monday 8 May 2017 via this online form

The Expression of Interest form asks you to identify a key problem that your museum would like to address by taking part in this project, relevant to one or more of our key areas of focus: giving a wider range of people access to collections and associated information; making the museum experience more interactive; providing effective and stimulating learning and discovery experiences.

We want to hear how addressing this problem would contribute to your museum’s forward plan priorities and about any efforts your museum has already made to solve this problem. We’d also like to know a bit about how your museum currently uses digital and creative practice to improve the user experience.

The form also asks for your initial ideas about which of your team would represent your museum at the Museums Hack Day, if you are awarded a place. Your team can be up to 3 people and can include staff, trustees or volunteers. If you have a consultants already working with you on a project at your museum relevant to the problem, they could take one of your spaces. You don't have to make a firm commitment now to exactly who will come along in June, but your ideas will help us to understand your approach.

Before you submit your application, you’ll need to have agreement from your museum’s Chief Executive, Chair or equivalent.

The project coordination team will assess the expressions of interest and select a diverse set of up to six museums to be invited to take part in the Museums Hack Day event. We will confirm whether or not your museum has been successful by the end of May so that you can make arrangements for travel to the Museums Hack Day.

We'll also be creating an online platform where the digital creatives taking part in the Museums Hack Day can showcase their skills and ideas, for museums to view before the event.

If you have any queries about this project, contact Lucy Marder, Cultural Partnerships Officer

‘Museum Hack’ is registered as a trademark in the US by Museum Hack, LLC, a company based in NYC that leads renegade museum tours. Museum Hack, LLC has asked us to make clear that this event is not affiliated with Museum Hack, LLC and that they do not endorse this event.