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Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968

Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968

Science and technology exhibition, Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968
UoB Design Archives

Mural in the Furnished Room, Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Sketch of exhibition layout,
National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 1986-88
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Tea Bar, Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Interior view,
National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 1986-88
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Construction of exhibition space,
Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Interior view,
National Museum of Natural Science, Taiwan, 1986-88
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President Ford, Robert Staples, and Barbara Fahs Charles
with model of the "Levitating White House," for the Ford Museum, 1980
Staples & Charles

Sketch of Australia section,
Commonwealth Institute, London, c. 1961
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Fashions Hall, Britain Can Make It, V&A, London, 1946
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Gallery view of The Senster,
Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968
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Installation view, Photography and the City,
Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, 1968
Staples & Charles

General view
Evoluon, Eindhoven, 1968
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Solmaz Kive
 Solmaz Kive
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Posts: 5
09/09/2020 7:28 am  

Dear Joanna,

 

Thank you for your great talk! I really enjoyed your discussion on various factors involved in designing period rooms.  Thinking of a hybrid approach to education and experience and the need to go beyond the rigid perception of authenticity to respond to the needs of here and now, I wonder if you could share your reflections on the impact of the recent move towards digital museums on the visitor's/viewer's experience of period rooms and how/if the period rooms should adjust.

Thank you,

Solmaz

 


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Joanna Norman
 Joanna Norman
Joined: 3 months ago
Posts: 2
11/09/2020 4:33 pm  

Dear Solmaz, 

Thank you so much for your question. The move to digital offers huge possibilities for visitors' experiences of period rooms, particularly hybrid digital / physical experiences. There are obviously opportunities to use digital technology to reconstruct the original architectural environments that rooms were in, or to reconstruct 'original' furnishings, but to my mind one key potential benefit is in offering alternative approaches, thus challenging the 'time-capsule' concept and presenting change over time, but perhaps also in presenting speculation: ideas we have about a room's history but for which we lack evidence. It also, critically, offers opportunities to connect period rooms with lived experience, be that through film, AR, oral histories and more.  I think we will see much more of this as we move forward and I think it has great potential to help create multi-layered meanings that will enrich the experiences of period rooms.

Thanks and best wishes,

Joanna

 


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