UK Houses of Parliament: Interactive Exhibition Design

CASE STUDY: UK Houses of Parliament

Interactive Technology Transforms Exhibition at the Houses of Parliament

CLIENT

Working closely with the Parliamentary Archives’ public services and outreach team, LamasaTech was tasked to use technology to create an exhibition where visitors could access their vast repository of information more easily.

OBJECTIVES

  • Make archived collections accessible to a broad audience as a vital educational resource
  • Drive user accessibility and engagement

SOLUTION

As a focal point of the exhibition, a custom-built interactive, multi-touch table was manufactured and installed to host the archival collections. An online Content Management System, specifically designed for the museum and heritage sectors, is used to select the content for the table. This allows the team to create new exhibitions, add galleries and publish a variety of media content, along with detailed interpretation of the materials on display. All of which can be managed by the Archives team and sent to the interactive table with the touch of a button – without having to leave the office.

 

Users can delve into the archival collections using the touch table, drawing out the information that sparks their interest, truly bringing the collections to life.

Negating the need for new investment, LamasaTech repurposed legacy projection equipment, servicing and installing the system to ensure longevity beyond the duration of the exhibition. As energy efficiency is paramount, an industrial media player and timing software were also implemented.

The projection content, designed and developed by LamasaTech, is used to honor those associated with Parliament, who lost their lives during the First World War. Their name, title, age and date of death are animated on a custom-printed backdrop, housed within the exhibition space. The tone of the digital interpretation reflects the melancholic feel of this display, designed to evoke emotion and connection with those tragically lost.

RESULTS

David Prior, Head of Public Services and Outreach, described the overall technology solution as an interesting and fantastic development in the sector, which is set to drive wider audience engagement. – “I see the technology as an integral part of our regional work and site outreach going forward, in museums and galleries across the country.”

Claire Batley, Senior Archivist –  “The technology has been very well-received by the initial visitors to the exhibition.”

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