Last Friday, we set up a bespoke game for the V&A Friday Late, with our GEEK hats on, called 'Tippoo or not Tippoo?' reflecting on their extraordinary collections. Visitors donned their respective object tabards and leapt on the board to discover unbelievable truths. With nearly 5000 people attending the 'All to Play For' Late, we were kept very busy! Thanks to the V&A for having us and everyone that came to play.
9 October at 18.30 – 20.30 Marine Studios, Margate Big thanks to everyone who made it down to our #FirstFriday at Marine Studios. Well done team for setting up our mini Museum of HKD. Saw new faces and old, or rather familiar. Great to hear Nikki from @discovery planet and we will have @alexnoblezine back! Thanks also @danthompson33
It was a real treat to visit the appropriately named ‘Shenzhen Stock Exchange Financial Museum’ that we’ve been working on this year at the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, which lives inside the OMA designed building. There are 200m2 of galleries taking you through the history of stock exchanges: Dutch and British East India companies, right up to date with China’s more recent Shanghai then Shenzhen. Well done team!
We were delighted to visit the WOW! (World of Wonders) gallery since it opened earlier this year. It was great to catch up with The Wilson team and hear about all the positive interaction from under 5s and beyond. WOW! was a particularly exciting gallery for us to work on. Over twenty years experience allowed for our ideas to do with learning, play, games within a museum setting to come to a head with The Wilson curatorial team bravely agreeing with our suggestions to get rid of labels and allowing for many of the objects to form part of a new handling collection. More information on this project will follow.
Last month the team embarked upon a fantastic day of science-ing at the Observatory Science Centre in Hirstmonceux, East Sussex. Opening in 1958 after the decision to move from Greenwich in 1939 was on hold for for the war, it was in operation until 1990 before being taken over by the brilliant Science Projects who have opened it up as a science centre. Architect Brian O’Rorke’s 1950s building is now grade II listed and has some wonderful features, but seems surprisingly impractical for a, what needed to be, pitch- black night-time operation: multiple levels, no railings and a treacherous pond right in the middle of the site. Apparently numerous night observers (as they were called) ended up in there! We saw the Thompson and Yapp telescopes, refracting and reflecting respectively. Did lots of playing and learning via brilliant interactive exhibits including how horses see, how the Archimedes screw works, tornados and spectrums… The centre is highly recommended. Huge thank you to Steve Pizzey, Jo and Collin for looking after us. @observatory_sci .
We ran a very productive gamelab at Geneva’s Ecsite earlier this summer with fellow professionals enjoying playing our gravitational waves interactive that was designed and installed at the Hong Kong Space Museum. Director Kate Kneale also found time to give a talk on ‘Serious Games’ in the extremely large lecture hall. Already cogitating for next year in Copenhagen…
The Ancient Lives Gallery in Maidstone Museum is open! It was a challenge requiring creative dexterity to fit not one but two mighty civilisations into one confined space. We had a clear client brief to make it fun and had help from CUR8, the youth group who worked alongside the museum team, researching and devising some of the content for the gallery. The displays invite the visitor to ask questions and learn more about the modern scientific methods which have been used to unlock some of the ancient secrets held in the collection. It has been shortlisted for the Museum + Heritage awards – we are keeping our fingers crossed.