LYNN DAVIESThe Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to investigate new concepts for the presentation of museum information - USA, UK
In 2015 Lynn works at the University of Tasmania. She is interested in the intersect of unique rare and special materials with new technologies and in maximising discoverability of traditional printed resources on the web through publishing on metadata and object file repositories.
Lynn is also active in managing a range of arts-humanities-science projects at the University.
The Gallaugher Bequest Churchill Fellowship to investigate new concepts for the presentation of museum information – USA, UK
Lynn travelled to nearly ten, varied museums or interpretations centres in Indianapolis (largest children’s museum in the world), Massachusetts (a range of science interpretation and interactive museums) and the National Civil Rights Museums, Memphis, Tennessee in USA.
In UK she visited the key London museums, the Beamish Museum of the Living and the Liverpool Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Merseyside Maritime museums.
FELLOWSHIP CONCLUSIONS & OUTCOMES
It was an ideal opportunity to experience cutting edge ideas about how to engage with the ‘end-user’. Davies spoke with museum curators, experienced interactive displays herself and observed end-user reactions.
She learnt that the amount of text presented on a piece of paper, a computer screen or on exhibition storyboard needs be given a great deal of thought and that blank space has value – as do the accompanying visual materials and other modes which stimulate the senses.
Fifteen years later Davies still employs the principles learnt on the trip using new web-based technologies and searching for innovative ways to present information to enthuse excite and entice ‘end-users’ to engage with the information being imparted.