The producers of the project tell us about the creative vision and the technology used to make it happen
Can you sum up the project?
This experience tells the story of Wessex as seen through the collections of four of its major museums. Known around the world for Stonehenge, the area is the cradle of prehistoric society in England. From its earliest monuments to its modern-day arts and crafts, you can explore its rich history in a few short steps.
The story is one of a series of interactive timelines created as part of the Civilisations Festival, which is a ground-breaking collaboration between the BBC and museums, galleries, libraries and archives across the UK.
The objects chosen are from the collections of Dorset County Museum, Poole Museum, Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum, and are currently on tour in the region. The Spotlight Touring Exhibition Programme has been developed by the Wessex Museums Partnership with the support of Arts Council England.
Why have we created these stories for you?
Our team is called Rewind and we make new things from the BBC’s vast archive and experiment with new tools and formats. We recently got the opportunity to work with museums and galleries as part of the Civilisations Festival, and they've helped us make use of our new storytelling tool – Canvas. Curators selected objects from their collections and we paired those to our archive content to make interactive timelines. The best bit is that these museums and galleries got to create the stories that they wanted to tell!
Why does your feedback matter?
Each story has a different style. Some sections are purely text, some have videos; there are looping videos in the background; and there are gallery sections where images and text expand.
We want to know what you feel works and what doesn’t. Does each technique add to the experience or are they too distracting? Are the stories too long or do they leave you wanting more?
Essentially we want to know if you enjoyed the experience. We think this storytelling tool has potential, and the feedback that you provide could shape how we use it next.
More stories and more ways to tell them. We’ve been showing this to teams across the BBC, and we hope that these stories might spark some fresh ideas.
The Civilisations Festival has introduced us to cultural institutions from across the UK. By working with them on these stories we’re forming brilliant relationships that we hope will lead to future projects.