Like all museums across the UK our doors are shut to the public owing to the coronavirus outbreak. But our online resources are as open as ever, and we’re making fresh efforts to publish even more over the coming weeks.
With many of our staff working at home, I’ve assembled a large team of colleagues, including some front of house staff, who can contribute more blog posts, videos and other content to post online. Like many organisations, we’re having to adapt to a whole new way of working, so I’ve been introducing colleagues to tools like Slack and Trello so we can remotely discuss ideas and schedule publication.
What can you expect to see?
Our 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex blog series is providing daily stories about notable local women in history. We’ve just started a new series of Look Back posts showcasing past projects and digital resources that you may have missed but still offer something to read, watch or play with. Some of my colleagues are applying their knowledge and skills to new challenges: our Curator of Natural Sciences has just published some excellent tips on how to enjoy the natural world while under lockdown.
There is more in the pipeline, but one project I’m particularly excited about is a new presentation of our online collections. While our Digital Media Bank is a great resource for making images of our collections available for re-use, it’s really designed for making assets available for use offline. So we’ve been working with Brighton-based Mnemoscene to create a richer and more immersive presentation.
We’ll be introducing this next week, but the video below will give you a sneak peak of this in action, using an 18th century map of Brighton.
How to keep track?
Best way of keeping in touch with our digital activity is to subscribe to our Insider newsletter. While we are closed, we’ll be publishing this weekly rather than monthly.
You can also regularly check the Discover section of our website. Each day we’ll highlight a new story on the front page.
We’ll also continue to post updates on our social media channels:
Kevin Bacon, Digital Manager