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

Planning a Live Stream for a Learning Audience
Friday 23 February, 12 - 3pm
Museum of London, London Wall

Live streaming is a fantastic way to engage with audiences who can’t physically be in a museum, helping to reach more people and engage with them on an interactive and meaningful level. In the past video conferencing involved complicated and expensive kit and a certain level of know-how and expertise. Now, with the advent of live video on social media platforms, it’s easier than ever to use this form of engagement. We’ll be looking at how to set-up live streams specifically with a schools audience in mind, taking a low tech approach. We will talk through learning from mistakes, and what sort of difficulties you are likely to come up against. We will experiment with equipment and have a go at our own mini live stream. Download a full course outline (PDF 187kb, opens in new tab). Please use our online form to book a place.

Basic Video Making
Friday 02 March, 11am – 3.30pm
Museum of London, London Wall

This session will provide an introduction to making basic videos within the setting of a museum or gallery. This hands-on training session will offer participants the basic skills needed to create their own video content using their own devices; from mobile phones, to tablets, to cameras. The afternoon session will give an introduction to editing this footage using free software. By the end of the session, participants will be inspired to make and perform basic editing on their own video content. Download a full course outline (PDF 202kb, 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 stream for 2017/18 is now closed, with grants being awarded to Bethlem Museum of the Mind, The Florence Nightingale Museum, Fusilier Museum, Fulham Palace, Hall Place, The Household Cavalry Museum, Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, The Society of Antiquaries London and The View. 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.