In partnership with the University of Lancaster, Royal Pavilion & Museums presents new ways of getting hands on with history in Brighton Museum's MuseumLab.
The Physical Social Network project explores physical interaction with a digital gallery of Edwardian postcards. We have designed a unique apparatus, also known as “the crank machine”. By rotating a handle on the right-hand side of the machine the postcards mimic the same rotation. They can be seen by one user at a time through the viewfinder. For many users the experience evokes that of the “What the Butler Saw” machines of the early twentieth century.
It will also be a chance to come and see some of our digital work behind the scenes. You can help photograph and digitise images of these butterflies to add to the Zooniverse online citizen science project. This project allows our collections to be accessed by scientists from all over the world, who can use them for scientific research and conservation.
You can also help us test a new story trail we're developing for Brighton Museum.
the casually curious, particularly those with an interest in heritage or museums. Anyone with an interest in new physical interfaces or the display of digitised museum collections will find this of interest too.