The aim of the project is to create an ambitious multimedia guide to Kettle’s Yard to encourage and facilitate wide access to, and deep engagement with, its collections and programmes. This project is led by Andrew Nairne (Director of Kettle’s Yard) and Professor François Penz (Architecture Department, University of Cambridge).
The domestic setting of Kettle’s Yard house collection created by Jim Ede, means that there are no labels to identify works of art or objects. However, today’s new generation of iPhones or androids and tablets offers a unique opportunity to extend access to rare and exciting archive material about the collection.
The Museum as Interface is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council under the Cultural Engagement Fund. This pilot scheme is intended to support valuable collaboration between universities and cultural organisations, but also provide early career researchers with opportunities to develop a broad range of skills, particularly in relation to supporting the wider impact of arts and humanities research. The Research Associate appointed is Anna Ferrari.
The project builds on two AHRC projects headed by Professor François Penz in 2007 and 2010 on new forms of museum spectatorship. It also develops Kettle’s Yard’s investigation into the potential of a multi-media guide or resource to deepen the experience of existing audiences and to attract new visitors.
Bearing in mind a careful balance between ‘technology’ and ‘content pull’, we aim to explore a framework for a coherent location-based digitally augmented museum experience and develop a methodology robust enough to be developed by Kettle’s Yard in the near future as well as being replicated by other museums.