Leicester Arts & Museums Service are working with Glass Page, a Leicester based film company, to develop 8 video podcasts that introduce our star objects and their hidden stories from the Dinosaur and Geology galleries at New Walk Museum & Art Gallery.
As the galleries are currently closed for refurbishment and re-display, the video podcasts will maintain a presence for the galleries and collections during this time and will also provide additional interpretation for the galleries once they re-open to the public.
The podcasts will each be targeted to different audiences to provide more in-depth content in addition to the more traditional interpretation on view in gallery.
Working with a writer and a illustrator Leicester Arts & Museums are producing Story Sack resources to be used with Early Years, KS1 and family visitors to the new gallery. A story sack is based around a children’s book with supporting materials designed to stimulate reading activities and make shared reading a memorable and enjoyable experience.
The Story Sack will be a museum-led resource that could be used both on and off-site and to be complemented by digital resources to be available online. The online resources are envisaged to act as both an extended learning and marketing tool with user experiences from the sessions to lead to user content postings onto Flickr and social networking sites.
Leicester Arts & Museums Service manages six museums sites including New Walk Museum & Art Gallery. New Walk Museum & Art Gallery is situated within the historic New Walk area and the original museum in the city opening to the public in 1849. The museum has been the inspiration for many people including Lord Attenborough and Sir David Attenborough, who pursued their love of art and natural history as a result of spending their formative years as regular visitors to the galleries. New Walk Museum hosts wide-ranging collections spanning the natural and cultural world. A family friendly day-out, displays include Egyptians, Wild Space, World Arts, Fine Art collections and the Dinosaur & Geology galleries due to re-open in 2011.