Three people stand in a museum space next to a video camera and an exhibit

February 23, 2018, by Erin Snyder

Digital Arts: Digital Tools for New Audiences

A View from the Arts is running a series on digital projects in the Faculty of Arts, in advance of the Digital Research Week, which will run from  the 23rd to the 27th of April, 2018.


The Digital Tools for New Audiences (DTNA) project draws expertise from both Arts and Computer Science and offers training and consultancy for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. DTNA is a project on the Enabling Innovation programme which is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham and part funded by the EU.

This project provides group workshops and tailored consultancy for SMEs in the regional heritage and leisure sectors keen to discover and implement cost-effective, sustainable digital technologies to create engaging visitor experiences.

Coming up in 2018:

On the 6th of March, Make: Digital Tools for Building a Compelling Visitor Experience gives you hands-on experiences of connecting and customising new interactive technologies, and discusses the practicalities of scaling-up and maintaining digital visitor experiences.

On the 16th of May, Make and Evaluate: Digital Tools for Building a Compelling Visitor Experience will run, focusing on uses of 3D in visitor engagement. Responding directly to requests from previous workshops, this workshop will introduce further technologies, including 3D capture (photogrammetry and scanning), 3D visualisation (augmented reality and virtual reality), and 3D printing. We will then demonstrate how to combine analytic technologies with observational research techniques to identify your success stories and areas of improvement

The DTNA team – Professor Katharina Lorenz (Digital Humanities Centre), Dr Ben Bedwell (Computer Science), Dr Laura Carletti (Horizon), Matt Davies (Digital Humanities Centre) – have already run three successful workshops since the project began in 2016, working with over 30 SMEs. Feedback from SME participants has included:

“It opened my mind to other methods to interact with visitors.”

“Examples given were low cost and achievable”

“Lots of ideas to take back to my venue and incorporate.”

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