Volunteers sought for museum project

Volunteers are needed to help develop a digital media project at Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

Derbyshire County Council is seeking individuals, groups and organisations to test out a new approach to sharing access to the museum’s exhibits and artefacts.

The project, called ‘Collections in the Landscape’, is being funded with an £81,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and will enable visitors to walk in the footsteps of archaeologists and geologists to view artefacts in places where they were either made or found.

As visitors stand next to archaeological sites and famous landmarks they will be prompted to use their smart phones or tablets to download extra information such as images of what people in previous centuries would have seen when they visited.

Pilot projects will focus on three areas – Dovedale, Arbor Low stone circle and Buxton itself.

Now ‘collections ambassadors’ are needed to help the museum test and develop the technology as well as share news in their communities.

Volunteers will be involved in the pilot stage one of the project.

The results will form part of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund in May 2014 for an additional £449,000 to fund the project for another three years.

As part of the project the museum, in Terrace Road, is also conducting an online visitor survey.

To take part in the survey or to volunteer as a collections ambassador visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/buxtonmuseum email CITL@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 533540