The Interpretation Project led by the Brecknock Society and Museum Friends (BS&MF) in co-operation with Powys
CC museum staff will provide 46 digital touch-screen terminals (see image) in the galleries of the refurbished Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery in y Gaer. At each terminal, visitors will be able to find touch-screen displays that interpret key exhibits to be seen nearby. These so-called 'digital labels' will enhance the visitor experience by adding both interest and depth to the limited information that is traditionally provided on printed labels for exhibits in museum and art galleries.
The digital touch-screen terminals together with their customised software and secure mountings are being supplied by Blackbox-av of Port Talbot - specialists in digital displays. These are funded through a grant to BS&MF awarded by the Garfield Weston Foundation.
The volunteer team
The BS&MF works with a team of volunteers from across Breconshire to assist with researching, assembling and managing interpretative material on selected objects that will be covered by the digital touch-screens. Please read our Invitation to Potential Volunteers if you think one of the volunteer tasks may interest you. The BS&MF has been given a list of 280 objects that are being exhibited in the refurbished Brecon, Brycheiniog, Temporary Exhibition and Permanent Exhibition Galleries, the Courtroom and the Schoolroom to work on by the museum staff. Some further objects may follow after y Gaer opens to the public.
Project activities and timescales
The Interpretation Project runs from April 2018 to the end of September 2020. Research work by an initial group of volunteers started in October 2018 and we still welcome further volunteers. There was a 6 month delay from February to August 2019 due to the workload of the Museum staff. The digital touch-screen terminals will be installed in November 2019. The project aims to produce and upload main digital labels for a selection of objects covered by each digital terminal by the time y Gaer opens in December 2019. Work will then continue up to end September 2020 on producing and uploading more digital labels to provide interpretation for all 280 objects.
The project process for carrying out the research and assembly of interpretative material, and for other activities involved in delivering outputs from the Interpretation Project to the refurbished Museum & Art Gallery is shown in a process diagram.
Details of objects in the Interpretation Project
These are summarised in a master 'List of objects' (Excel spreadsheet) and in PDF files of 'Object images' (see Supporting documents, item 5). The original pages exported from the Museum's Modes database for the Interpretation Project can be accessed here as JPEGs. These contain higher resolution images of the objects. There are no Modes pages for the Natural History objects (animals, birds and plants) - they are all listed in a PDF file and images of the plants can be accessed as a JPEG for each of the three habitats covered by the display cases (see Supporting documents, item 10).
Allocation of specific objects to specific volunteers
The Project Team seeks to allocate appropriate objects for each volunteer to deal with. This process is co-ordinated by Liz Bickerton and the master 'List of objects' (Excel spreadsheet) will be updated from time to time to show which objects are allocated or still unallocated.
BS&MF Principal Contacts
BS&MF Principal Contacts for the Interpretation Project are:
Mervyn Bramley, Project Manager
Tel: 01874 665267
Liz Bickerton, Volunteer matters
Tel: 01874 636926
- Invitation to Potential Volunteers from BS&MF as we continue to build up the volunteer team.
- Volunteer Form in Word or PDF form for registering interest to be an Interpretation Project volunteer.
- List of objects in Interpretation Project (Excel file) (v8 06.11.19) - currently containing 280 objects to be in the Brecon and Brycheiniog Galleries, the Art Galleries, the Courtroom and the Schoolroom. The objects that have now been allocated to Volunteers are highlighted in Column C of the full list.
- Pages of files of objects exported from Museum Modes and other databases (medium resolution jpegs of each page of the files of objects exported for the Interpretation Project from the Museum’s Modes and other databases).
- Object Images - view/download (a) 60 objects ('Bre' Int 1 - 60) in the Brecon Gallery; (b) 76 objects ('Bry' Int 61 - 136) in the Brycheiniog Gallery; (c) 44 artworks in the Permanent Art Gallery; (d) 10 artworks in the Courtroom (4 artworks are duplicated in the Brecon and Brycheiniog Gallery lists); (e) 10 objects ('Sch' Int 197 - 206) in the Schoolroom; (f) 7 objects ('Crm DC' Int 207 - 213) in the Courtroom display case; (f) 7 objects ('Bry BDC' Int 214 - 220) in the Builth display case in the Brycheiniog Gallery; (g) 10 objects ('Bre Cer' Int 221 - 230) in the Ceramics display in the Brecon Gallery; and (h) 15 objects (‘Extras’ Int 231 - 245) added lately throughout the Galleries.
- Process for delivery of outputs to y Gaer from the Interpretation Project.
- Layout of Museum & Art Gallery - Brecon and Brycheiniog Galleries and Ground floor plan of the Museum & Art Gallery.
- Volunteer Timesheet in Word or PDF form.
- Guidance to Volunteers on research and assembling interpretative material - Guidance document (11 pages), together with seven Annexes (A to G), each of which can be viewed/downloaded separately.
- Details of Natural History objects - List of objects (birds, animals, plants) exhibited in each case (moorland crag, woodland and stream, lake edge and field). JPEG images of plants can be accessed here.