London. The new Wakefield Museum will open in October 2012 after extensive refurbishment. For the first time, visitors will benefit from interactive multimedia tours delivered on imagineear’s mediaPacker players.
Wakefield's library, local studies and museum services will now be brought together under one roof with exhibitions focussing on the story of Wakefield and its people, inspiring visitors to find out more about their own past. The new museum will house the town’s remarkable collection of over 120,000 historic objects and works of art. Together with fresh new displays for the museum's collection, the refurbishment will mean visitors can explore a temporary exhibition gallery, a family friendly interactive area and a new learning and engagement space.
Wakefield Council has partnered with imagineear to offer visitors multimedia tours through the market-leading mediaPacker platform. This technology is in use in museums and galleries around the world – from the Taj Mahal, to the Frans Hals Museum, to National Museums Liverpool. The mediaPacker players enable museums to engage visitors through interactive trails together with high quality film and audio.
imagineear's in2handheld programme is specifically designed to help museums such as Wakefield develop multimedia tours for the first time. Where once only national museums were able to offer this kind of technology, the in2handheld programme opens these opportunities up to small and specialist museums of all kinds.
As the in2handheld programme has grown, it has also supported real innovation in the ways museums use mobile guides – something staff at Wakefield Museum have embraced. In addition to more traditional tours, Wakefield Museum will produce interactive trails for families and for schools – with onscreen questions encouraging students to look closer at an object, or consider a topic more deeply.
Vicky Shearman, Senior Cultural Development Officer at Wakefield Council, commented: "The really exciting thing about using these particular units is that they are really (really!) easy to program, meaning we can frequently develop new tours and interactive trails in response to new exhibitions or special events. The screens on the devices will carry images, video and sound clips, which will enable us to develop a whole range of tours - on different subjects and for different audiences."
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About Wakefield Museum
Wakefield Museum is a local museum in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, north England, covering the history of the city of Wakefield and the local area from prehistoric times onwards. The museum, run by Wakefield Council is currently closed, but will reopen in October 2012 in the Civic Building, Wakefield One. Exhibitions hosted at the museum include the early 19th century collection of the naturalist and explorer, Charles Waterton (1782–1865), who was born at Walton Hall, in Walton near Wakefield.
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