Virtual World Museum

Virtual Things ,2020

The experimental technologies lab has been helping the world museum in Liverpool to rise to the stay-at-home challenge by helping to create a virtual tour of one of the city’s museums.

 

The World Museum, part of National Museums Liverpool, closed last week in line with government recommendations in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

 

Now, thanks to staff and students at Liverpool John Moores University ( Including Mark Wright, Peter Horricks, MA Immersive Students), the dozens of fascinating exhibits in the World Cultures gallery can be viewed from home by going to a link on the website.

 

“Staying at home doesn't mean you miss out on visiting our museum,” said Emma Martin, senior curator at National Museums Liverpool.

 

“We have had a lot of public feedback on what people would like to see while our doors are closed, and have created a virtual tour of the World Cultures gallery with our friends from John Moores.”

 

With schools and universities closed, children and young people can catch up on history, natural science and anthropology by exploring the extensive collections from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

 

All you have to do is go to the website at www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk, click on world cultures virtual gallery tour and navigate your way around the gallery just as you would with apps such as google earth.

 

Pete Woodbridge, course leader on the MA Immersive Arts at LJMU said: “Students have been working with the World Museum this semester to create wonderful new ways for the museum to interact with people via technology.

 

“These are trying times for everyone, not least parents with children at home, so we are happy to help overcome some of the access issues and keep the museum ‘virtually’ open!”