Show Me: A new approach to curating and ‘Connecting Collections’ for children and teachers

Jane Finnis, Anra Kennedy, Culture24, UK

In this demonstration we will show conference the early live version of our new Connecting Collections service, including the rebuilt website, plus the first commissioned films and curated content packages.

Online museum and gallery collections are not yet being made available to children, young people and teachers in ways that meet their needs as learners, researchers or creators. Collection holders don’t have clear routes to these audiences who often aren’t aware of the rich resources existing in disparate digital ‘silos’.

Culture24, with Culture Street and Collections Trust and supported by Trinity College, are working to create a new digital service enabling children, young people and teachers to discover and use digital collections content in interactive, exciting ways. We’ll publish a curated set of digital collection objects from a range of museums in child-friendly, fun and flexible online environments. We’ll bring it to life with video content co-created by children and young people; topical editorial; related venue and listings info; plus existing interactive and interpretative content from museums and galleries.

The project will support museums and schools in delivering cross-curricular, creative and cultural learning experiences for children aged 7 to 14 year olds. The needs of the target audience of children and their teachers lies at the heart of the idea and both groups will be involved in the production of the service at every stage.

Collections: we will focus on a selected, manageable sub-set of collection objects. Standard, shareable and flexible formats will ensure legacy and meet user needs. Objects will all carry contextual information and links to their ‘home’ museums.

Content packages: experience tells us our target audiences require clear, engaging ‘ways in’ to cultural content. Culture Street will work with children and young people to create a series of short films highlighting collection objects from UK museums as seen thr

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