New app for Cheltenham museum brings past to life
RELICS of the past will soon meet the technology of the future.
Experts at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum have put together a new application for mobile phones to help visitors explore the collection.
And they have been passing on their experiences in creating the software to colleagues across the UK.
The app was put together by designers Conjure after the museum was given funding from the Arts Council.
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It guides users on a tour of the newly-redisplayed gallery, as well as taking them around other arts and crafts sites in the Cotswolds.
Visitors will be able to watch interviews with experts and view 3D images of the objects.
A special masterclass in designing the app was held earlier this week, with guests from across the culture sector invited.
And in keeping with the new technology, museum staff took part in a live question and answer session on Twitter while the event was filmed for a podcast on the gallery's website.
The museum is now working with the University of Gloucestershire's faculty of media, art and technology to create 3D images of key artefacts for the app.
Members of the 3D team were also be on hand at the masterclass to talk through the process and the technology involved in creating the 3D images.
Helen Brown, collections manager at the museum, said: "The Cotswolds in the late 19th and early 20th centuries became a hotbed of designers and architects, artists and craftspeople wanting to escape the city and live the simple life. The app will bring alive the world in which they lived and worked.
"We hope that the app will help to raise awareness of the rich heritage of the arts and crafts movement in the region, and encourage visits to the towns, cities and villages where this heritage can be found."
It will be launched in time for the opening of the redeveloped gallery and museum next year.