Culture24 / SEMD Digital Storytelling Learning Module
SEMD partnered up with Culture24 to roll out a learning module which explores digital storytelling with museum collections. This opportunity offered ten museum places and required two practitioners from each museum to lead on the project with their organisations.
The project kicked off in December 2019, when the group held an introductory meeting in the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Although severely affected by the coronavirus crisis in 2020, the project participants have still been busy using the opportunity to diversify their digital offers.
All Museums have had one-to-one sessions with our project specialist, with the module effectively moving to a personal mentoring approach.
A final Zoom workshop is planned for early 2021 in which each participant will get the opportunity to share their experiences during this unprecedented year via a short presentation.
Wycombe Museum have been innovating with digital storytelling, focusing on their signature chair collection:
Soldiers of Oxfordshire have working on a series of films about the collection to be shared across their social media channels, despite challenges faced by the team being furloughed. The team are also mapping their collections and stories with audiences.
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery had an idea to share the story of the school building via photographs of the archive via Facebook, and they have made a start and demonstrated great local engagement.
The wider team have adopted this approach to sharing digital collections content to complement their art and traditional marketing related content with local history content, aimed at a local audiences on Instagram.
The St. Barbe team have also been involved in the creation of reminiscence kits for carers of local people with dementia, and the results of this are being developed for an online exhibition / online feature to be shared on Museum Crush.
The Lightbox have been very active during lockdown, and have been working on their original plan to create digital content based on their heritage collection and share it via Facebook and Twitter. They have been experimenting with film and blogging, working in partnership with their volunteers, on their website.
Guildhall Museum The Team have been experimenting with film via the Museum’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
Guildford Museum team members filmed and shared a series of films focusing on mystery objects from the collection on Facebook.
Amberley Museum’s Education Officer Karen Jones is working with Museum Director Valerie Mills on a simple digital storytelling experiment that introduces the collection into their social media posting.
The Ure Museum of Geology team have developed a series of collection based films for Heritage Open Days titled’ Nine Lives of the Ure Museum’s Cat’s Head’, which were shared via Facebook and Twitter.
Beaulieu Museum team members are in discussion with the Project Specialist to explore ways of bringing the collection into the marketing narratives of the museum and wider Beaulieu estate.