Enhanced Exhibitions

The purpose of the Design for Enhanced Exhibitions strand of the Design with Heritage project is to explore new ways in which technology can be employed in museum contexts to enhance the experience of visitors. This can be considered at two scales; the first is an exhibition or museum scale, overall spacial analysis and design. The second is a local scale, the design of exhibits themselves or devices which mediate between exhibits and visitors.

There is a wealth of innovative applications of technology and embedded computation in other contemporary fields. Architectural research into interactive spatial design and placing intelligent objects within our environment is a key source of reference. Within London there is an ever growing number of SMEs, in a variety of design fields, which are at the forefront of applying strands of this research to real world and commercial projects.

The intention of this research project is to bring these academic and commercial researchers together to explore how such fields can influence the design and experience of visitors to cultural institutions.

Ideas which have been influential in the development of this project to date include:

  • Real-time sensing and behavioural analysis of visitors to drive reactive exhibition spaces
  • Developing intelligent exhibition information points/signage tailored to different visitors
  • Utilising embedded computation for classification of visitors relative to exhibits/exhibitions
  • Creating portable exhibition guides capable of monitoring observers and tailoring their experience
  • Crowd sourcing as a means of informing museum content

Introduction to Enhanced Exhibitions

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‘Design for Enhanced Exhibitions’ is led by Professor Stephen Gage (Professor of Innovative Technology, Bartlett School of Architecture) and Dr Glenn Adamson (Head of Research at V&A), with the support of David Di Duca, Research Assistant. The Enhanced Exhibitions research area will investigate the potential for using digital design to dynamically curate content or provide […]