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Telling Tales, Talking Trails: Digital Storytelling in Museums & Historical Settings

Preston Manor & Gardens
19 October 2023

Telling Tales, Talking Trails: Digital Storytelling in Museums & Historical Settings.

Join us for a showcase seminar and learn about our recent digital storytelling and volunteering projects.


New voices, New Stories

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund Brighton & Hove Museums have taken the opportunity to shake up our formula with Telling Tales, Talking Trails. In collaboration with volunteers, we developed a set of digital experiments aimed at introducing new ways of storytelling.

A Preston Manor audio guide was introduced in 2022. This is a spoken WebApp tour with transcribed text and images created by volunteers, this is accessed through a browser on your mobile device as you walk around the building or can be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home.

This was followed by One Minute Wonders in 2023. This combined the power of digital storytelling with an exhibition of animal and plant-related prints and drawings from our collection.

The third and final phase of our project, Telling Tales, Talking Trails is now underway. It will once again include the contribution of volunteers to create new digital stories for Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and develop more inclusive ways of storytelling.

We would like to share with you our methods and findings on Thursday 19 October at Preston Manor at our museum digital storytelling seminar. Doors will open at 10am and the day will be broken into two sessions with guest speakers in the morning, followed by lunch, and then in the afternoon, an opportunity to explore Preston Manor and experience our WebApp tour for yourself.

Presentations by the following guest speakers:

Dr Craig Jordan-Baker
Dr Craig Jordan-Baker is Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Brighton, a writer/academic, he is the author of, The Nacullians (Epoque press) published in 2020, and If the River is Hidden (Epoque press) a collaborative hybrid-text written with poet and academic Dr Cherry Smyth. He has published peer-reviewed research in publications such as New Writing: The International Journal of Creative Writing Theory and Practice, Journal of Creative Writing Studies, Archives and Records and Journal of Writing in Creative Practice.

Chris Thorpe-Tracey
Brighton-based writer and broadcaster Chris Thorpe-Tracey will talk about the promises and pitfalls of podcasting for the museum space.
Chris has produced several podcast series across the heritage sector, including ‘People Change Museums’ and University of Leicester’s landmark exploration of the Science Museum Group, ‘The Hidden Constellation’. Chris also produced the much-discussed local investigation series ‘The Brighton Paradox’, and he co-hosts arts review show ‘Refigure’.
Chris publishes two email newsletters via Substack: Border Crossing (general interest) and Double Chorus (writing on music)

Kevin Bacon
Kevin is Collections Senior Manager at the University of Sussex library. He was formerly Head of Digital at Brighton & Hove Museums and had previously worked in a variety of roles including both front of house and curatorial. He has taught on the University of Brighton’s MA in Curating Culture and Heritage for several years and has provided training for cultural organisations such as the British Council, Collections Trust, and Culture 24.

Liz Porter

Liz Porter currently works as Joint Head of Culture Change at Brighton & Hove Museums – and is Community Engagement Manager for the Heritage Project at Brighton Dome. She is committed to finding inclusive and accessible ways for audiences to participate and routes for all histories to be shared through a wide range of voices and storytelling.

This is a free ticketed event with a limited number of places available.

Preston Manor will also be open to the public on Saturday 21 October for general visitors between 9.30am and 12pm midday.

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