We have a long term passion for building tools that help museums tell their unique and compelling stories. CultureObject – an open source tool we’ve built to get museum object records online – has been around for a while, and our next phase aimed to expand this into what we’ve given the lazy working title “CultureStory”. The basic idea is that museum objects are only so interesting online – what really makes them amazing is the knitting together of narratives around them. We envisaged a tool which would enable museums to ingest their object metadata, then drop these records into a narrative structure.

When we got chatting to Bristol Museums about their aspirations to get exhibition content online, we realised that our two aims were broadly aligned and this project was born.

The end result is a flexible WordPress theme which allows the content team at the museum to create visually rich online exhibitions. They can import sub-sets of object data for each one, and then use the interface to add timelines, maps, object galleries and so on.

We’re at the beginning of the process working with the museum and hope to roll out further improvements and modules over time, making the narrative creation process even more visual. Ultimately, we’d like this to become a stand-alone product by turning it into a plugin, much like CultureObject.

At a glance...

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Bristol Museums wanted a way of bringing their objects and stories about their objects together into a visually stunning and easy to edit site.

Client

Bristol Museums

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We are generating a huge amount of rich multimedia and narrative which we wanted to publish online to complement our exhibitions programme. User research has shown that our audiences engage better with longer form content rather than just a database front-end. Thirty8 Digital developed a stunning, flexible theme which allows us to rapidly develop narrative content in a way which is complementary to the exhibition development process.
— Mark Pajak, Head of Digital, Bristol Museums

What people say

  • Angela Hind, Director, Medical Research Foundation, Medical Research Foundation

    Thirty8 Digital have provided us with a great looking new website. Mike and his team were a pleasure to work with, accommodating our uncontrollably changing deadlines and working patiently to help us – 100% website novices – to understand the technical aspects of the project that we had to be exposed to (and Mike was very good at keeping this to a minimum)....

    Project: Medical Research Foundation website

  • Ella Roberts, Handel & Hendrix in London Communications Officer, Handel House Museum

    We knew we made the right decision to work with Thirty8 Digital from the get go. Their knowledge of the heritage, digital and marketing world is second-to-none and their friendliness and enthusiasm for our complex project made the experience all the more enjoyable....

    Project: Handel House Museum website

  • Stefan Marianski, Digital Officer, Freud Museum, Freud Museum

    As a small organisation with limited in-house expertise, Thirty8 has been a lifeline for us. This is a friendly, down-to-earth agency that is deeply committed to helping arts & heritage organisations with their digital....

    Project: Freud Museum

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