Museum Collection Engine

PhD Research Project in Collaboration with Birmingham Museums Trust. My PhD research brings together my background in museums and immersive digital art practice. My research investigates whether an immersive museum collection database can be an effective way for visitors and curators to explore collection objects and historical data. My study also explores ways visitors can interact with the collection database and whether visualising the collection in an immersive way can be useful for curators understanding of the collection and extracting multi-layered narratives for exhibition. The visualisation pulls together constellation of objects, promoting new understanding through links and changing contexts. The visualisation prototypes are being developed in Java Script, Unity 3D Game Engine and using data visualisation tools such as Gephi and R. I a developing prototypes with Birmingham Museums as part of the master planning process for a proposed redevelopment of the museum.