DEN Project

Nottingham City Museums: Communities and Collections Connecting

Planning and research

To date I have been doing some research and having planning meetings with colleagues at Nottingham Museums, in particular the Keeper of Social and Community History.  This is in order to find out the extent of our collections that relate to lace, Raleigh and Boots the Chemist, and what exciting objects we have that will inspire conversation and remininiscence from our participants who worked in those industries.  I was surprised to hear that there is only one lace factory remaining in Nottingham – and to think that only a century ago around a third of Nottingham’s entire population worked in the lace trade – 100 years ago, a couple of generations, not very long to have almost completely disappeared.  But that’s why we’re doing this MuBu project – in order to capture people’s stories before they disappear.

I also met recently with tutors from the School of Art & Design at Nottingham Trent University about a possible partnership project about oral histories and embedding them within very exciting virtual reality trails around the city.  This is a very early discussion, but the digital design work they are doing would lend itself very well to enhancing the interpretation of museum collections.  I look forward to further discussions with them about this.

 

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    David Amos July 13th, 2010 at 10:00 am

    An amusing story for you about Raleigh bikes.

    An old timer from Eastwood told me the story of another old timer who was doing a project about the history of the Chopper bike. He had made himself conversant with the use of the Internet. However whilst looking for information on the project he put Chopper into a search engine. He ended up getting more than he bargained for!

 

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