Category Archives: online exhibitions

Art powered by Google!

As you may have noticed below your google search bar yesterday, the 1st saw the lauch of Google Art Project. To quote the website, “the project is a unique collaboration between google and some of the most acclaimed art museums to enable people to view and explore more than 1000 artworks in extraordinary detail”.

Virtual visitors can choose to view galleries from 17 major institutions

 The site has three major features. For those who have used googles streetview, the first will be familiar. Google have taken the technology used to image the streets of the world inside these major art institutions. I’ve attached an picture of myself navigating around Room 9 ‘Art and Sublime’ at Tate Britain. Navigation is simply carried out by click arrows back and forward.

Google have taken its streetview technology inside some of the world most famous art museums.

The other major technology related feature is looking at the art itself.  You can select to view the art work on the wall in closer detail using street views zoom feature. Here is the digital version of Turners ‘Death on a Pale Horse’. Each artwork also has ample amounts of information such as viewing notes, artists history etc.

Virtual visitors can move around the galleries and view detailed images of the works on show.

Each institution has also nominated a piece for ‘giga-pixel’ photography. As the press release states ‘each such image contains around 7 billion pixels, enabling the viewer to study details of the brushwork and patina beyond that possible with the naked eye’.

The third interesting feature is that those with google accounts can sign in and create their own collection from the 17 galleries. You can even add comments to specific zoom levels. All this can be then be shared with family and friends!

It’s an impressive site, which of course also has some failings. A quick search this morning found this article in the telegraph. I think the author may have been expecting too much. Here’s hoping that google continue to add new galleries in the future. In the meantime if you want to see some real Turners, Petworth House in West Sussex has ample to choose from!


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Second Life Museums

One thing about driving for a long time is after the first couple of hours the conversation turns to surreal topics. One of the topics of conversation that did come up was about 2nd life during my trip to Fort George. Having seen it installed on my brothers laptop before we set off (he tells me he doesn’t play it though!) we inevitably talked about it being in the news a couple of months back. My brother was explaining to me about Universities were giving lectures using 2nd life as it was a cheap way of doing distance learning.

However being a bit of a geek I was interested in if anyone had used it for building Museums. So I typed ‘2nd life Museum’ into google this afternoon and not too much to my suprise lots of people had got there first. Heres a video of the 2nd life representation of the Natural History Museum in London:

It seems I’m not the only one who has had the idea, heres an interesting article from 2007 Museums and the Web Conference. Much like real life, 2nd life has its very own museum community.

The whole thing has got me thinking could we use 2nd life too? You can create anything you like in 2nd life according to the website. So why not an entire digital replica of one of our properties?

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Turning on the Lights

Hi my name is Adam and I’m the new Collections Engagement Officer for the National Trust in the South East Region and this is a blog that I’ll be updating over the course of the next year.

As well as getting to know this entirely new role I’ve been stressing and thinking about exactly what I’m going to write about over the last two weeks. I’ve been drawing ideas from lots of different blogs around the internet and have came to the following conclusion; although this blog is about collections owned by the national trust I didn’t want to make another version of Emile de Bruijn’s excellent blog Treasure Hunt.

So what I’ve decided to do is leave it fairly open, I’m going to talk about collections and objects, but I’m also going to talk about the ways we and others have put the ‘spotlight’ on collections. I’m going to talk about using social media, augmented reality and online exhibitions. I may also from time to time talk about other things. So I’m open to suggestions and ideas so please feel free to leave any comments!


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