Stephen Devine, Curator of New Media, pointed out that the skeleton of a knight had been discovered underneath a car park in Edinburgh. It reminded me of the cartoon in one of the newspapers when the Richard the III story broke last month.
It showed a man paying for a car park ticket. The different rates were advertised on a Leicester City Council ‘Pay and Display’. Short Stay was defined as up to two hours. Long Stay was defined as ‘upto 500 years’!
In this most recent case perhaps the cartoon could be re-run with the rates shown as ‘over-knight’…
Joking aside, some of you may keep up with this and other blogs using RSS feeds. For those of you who don’t but would like to know more there’s information here : http://www.digitaltrends.com/how-to/how-to-use-rss/
In basic terms these are links using RSS to subscribe to a site or blog to make sure you become aware of new content.
The reason I mention this is that Stephen Devine tells me Google are killing off one of their services – Google Reader.
We don’t want any of our readers missing out on new posts so if you do use Google Reader here’s a link to some alternatives that you may find useful;
Work on one of the Ancient Worlds Galleries at Manchester Museum
Work certainly picked up a gear in the last month leading up to the opening of the redeveloped Ancient Worlds galleries on 25th October. Campbell Price, Curator of Egypt and the Sudan, and I seem to have been working flat out since the early summer to write the text, check for mistakes and, more recently, to check the layouts of the new displays.
An almost palpable sense of anticipation hung over the galleries right up until the opening. In the last few weeks we put the finishing touches to our invitations list and took delivery of loan objects from other museums, which are kindly contributing to the new displays. These photos show cases in the Egyptology gallery during installation and you can see the subtle shading of the backs of the cases that is meant to evoke the shift from yellow sand to blue sky of the Egyptian landscape.
Work on the second (Egyptology) gallery of the Ancient Worlds displays
I couldn’t access the first (Archaeology) gallery except from a distance but this picture shows one of the large table cases that are such a prominent feature of the gallery.
Peeping through into the first (Archaeology) Gallery. You can just see one of the large table cases behind the workman.
The opening up of the gallery, for so many years the Egyptian daily life gallery, has revealed features like neo-Gothic windows, and already it is true to say the space has its own unique atmosphere.
Work on Ancient Worlds. The interaction between the second floor and the first floor is more noticeable now.
Bryan adjusts a Greek vase in preparation for 3D photography on a turntable.
It is fair to say that we have been rather busy of late. In addition to writing all the text for the galleries and sourcing relevant images, conducting interviews and editing them, we have found time to help out with 3D photography of 50 of our key objects. These will be available as interactive digital content within the mobile web experience, online for regular desktop browsing, and will allow a spectacular and up-close view of objects on mobile devices and via a large screen in the gallery itself.
Julian, from a company called Littlestar, spent several days getting the images just right – allowing a new appreciation of objects often seen in static photography.
We have also been meeting regularly with designers Opera to work on final placement of cases and objects, and to agree on the layout of interpretation. Looking at the designs in an increasingly advanced stage of completion is both very exciting – and slightly terrifying.
Meeting head designer Jelena over coffee
More soon on developments as they happen.