This article describes a grant won by a British museum to bring a new technology into coin displays.
ANCIENT coin hoards displayed at Kendal Museum are set to be viewed by members of the public using 21st century technology.
The Station Road attraction has secured almost £7,000 in funding to brings cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) technology into its galleries.
It will make Kendal one of the first museums in Cumbria to use AR, a type of virtual reality, meaning that the more fragile exhibits can be viewed electronically.
The £6,987 grant will go towards displaying seven coin hoards, ranging from Roman (AD253-274) to Tudor times (1553-1576).
The museum say allowing visitors to view the coins this way will mean they are able to reach a wider audience while visitors will be better able to engage with the museum’s collections.
“This technology will also enhance visitors’ experiences and help them to understand our heritage.”
Morag Clement, Archaeology Curator of Kendal Museum, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the museum to link 21st century technologies with Cumbrian heritage.
Interesting idea, but I wonder how this will work in practice.
Augmented Reality lets a smartphone or tablet user point their device at something in the real world (such as a street scene) and have their screen overlaid with additional information provided by an app. Perhaps museumgoers could point their devices at a broken pot of coins or other coins on exhibit and have the app point out notable features such as metallic content, rulers, moneyers and other information that may not fit neatly in the exhibit text.
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