Supporting museums with digital technologies

The London Museum Development team will work to ensure that museums are able to better harness the power of digital technology, to better manage their assets and potentially reach every adult and child in London.

A family uses the interactive projected river in the World City gallery

Digital exhibition in the World City gallery

A family uses the interactive projected river in the World City gallery.

Alec Ward, Museum Development Officer (MDO), Digital and Communications, coordinates the new Digital Futures skills programme, along with providing specialist advice on-site at museums. Alec is also responsible for the London Museum Development team’s communications through Twitter and the weekly e-update (PDF, 277kb, opens in new tab).

Digital Futures skills programme

The programme, now in its third year, is designed to excite the London museum sector with the possibilities of digital technologies. Alec Ward works closely with the Museum of London’s Learning department, and other partner museums, to deliver skills sessions on the potential for engaging audiences. He also works closely with Collections Trust to develop skills on strategic and ‘back of house’ aspects of digital work.

Digital Futures training sessions

An Introduction to Rights Management
Wednesday 27 September, 10am – 4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This session will provide an introduction to the sometimes daunting world of rights management. Together we will explore intellectual property rights (IPR), in particular works protected by copyright. The session will offer an overview of copyright and its implications for museums, their audiences and collections. We will discuss basic principles including ownership, duration, obtaining and recording permissions, risk management and orphan works, as well as how to apply the Spectrum 5.0 Rights Management procedure within your organisation. Delegates will be encouraged to participate through discussions, and there will be plenty of opportunity for questions throughout. Download a full course outline (PDF 141kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

An Introduction to Wikimedia & Museums
Monday 6 November, 10.15am – 1pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Wikipedia is one of the most viewed websites in the world and is the first port-of-call for many information-seekers, but often museum staff are yet to discover how easily they can engage with wiki. In this workshop, we will explore how content can be added, managed, and used on Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikidata. We’ll also show you how to measure who’s looking at content you add or improve. Specifically, we’ll learn about improving the online encyclopedia and adding references and links to museum content. We’ll look at Wikimedia Commons as a multimedia repository both for uploading and downloading and using content, and we’ll explore how Wikidata can be used to create engaging maps, timelines and diagrams. The session will be a practical one, and you’ll leave with a Wikimedia account and new editing skills. Download a full course outline (PDF 139kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

How To: Make an Interactive Story
Tuesday 28 November, 2-4pm
Museum of London, London Wall

The aim of this training is to show museum and cultural heritage professionals how to make a free, digital interactive story. These stories can be used for a variety of things, from gallery tours to learning activities. We will look at examples of interactive stories, and discuss how museums and galleries can use interactive story telling within their spaces. By the end of the session, delegates will have the tool-set to create their own interactive, digital stories to be used both in-house and online. All you’ll need is a laptop or tablet device, and a few stories you’d like to tell. Download a full course outline (PDF 186kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Photographing Museum Collections
Friday 08 December, 11am - 3pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This course will offer an introduction on how to take good quality images of museum objects. We will look at the types of image files extensions (raw, tiff and jpeg) available, and the differences between a low-resolution image and a high-resolution one, and when to use them. Attendees will be invited to take part in a hands-on workshop, learning how to make the most of their own photographic equipment, as well as using an entry-level professional kit. Download a full course outline (PDF 141kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Digital Futures Grants

The London Museum Development team offer £500 grants as part of the Digital Futures programme. These grants can be used for a variety of different projects; from the purchase of cameras to photograph collections, to 3D printers for use in learning and engagement sessions. The grants stream for 2017/18 is now closed. For information on the grants awarded in 2016/17, please download our summary document (PDF 851kb, opens in new tab).

Digital Skills in Museums

We are working with Culture24 over 2017/18 on an exciting new project to build digital skills in museums, with a focus on digital learning. We have helped to select ten museums to partner with us. The project runs between February 2017 and March 2018, and will explore ways of reaching and engaging children, young people and teachers with digital content from and about collections.

The ten participating museums include, The Charterhouse, Cuming Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Freud Museum London, Garden Museum, Gunnersbury Park Museum, Hall Place and Gardens, Jewish Museum London, Kingston Museum and the Royal College of Physicians.

Contact us

For further advice, including a site visit to discuss your organisation’s specific digital needs, please contact:

Alec Ward, Museum Development Officer, Digital and Communications
email: [email protected]
tel: 020 7001 9861
mobile: 07866 812 981

To apply for Digital Futures sessions please complete an online booking form.