Interactive Unveiled at Abingdon Museum
The year 1556 marked Abingdon's rise to Borough status by the signing of a Royal Charter negotiated by Sir John Mason.
Mason was nephew of the last Abbot of Abingdon Abbey and a skilled diplomat, and some say spy, for the Royal family
Visits by pupils from John Mason School to historic sites around Abingdon are one of the many traditions which celebrate the Town’s Charter Day each year. Abingdon Adventure Interactive at Abingdon Museum is an innovative addition to the new permanent exhibition in the Attic galleries. Using games and puzzles to explore the subjects of People, Places, Artefacts and Architecture; visitors are tested on their knowledge gained from exploring the museum. It also contains a unique opportunity to ‘create your own exhibition’, an interactive database of art and artefacts that visitors can sift through and organise to create a montage of their favourite pieces. The interactive uses a fine 5-point touchscreen as well as integrated audio and projection capability to deliver a fun and memorable way to learn about Abingdon’s history.
A clear and memorable delivery of the museum’s planned educational outcomes was most important, and it was decided that combining historically traditional gaming with touch-screen technology would be the most encompassing platform to engage users. Museum staff and volunteers working with Heritage Interactive Limited have created a wonderful design and operating platform, allowing both adults and children to enjoy the challenges of traditional puzzles, games and quizzes. With more changes due, the attic floor continues to evolve into a fresh and exciting set of exhibition galleries. The installation of this educational interactive was part of the outfitting of the museum supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Takes place from 1 April