A new interactive experience allows people to explore Portsmouth’s history in an entirely new way.
Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery is sharing their objects in an entirely new way this New Year. As with most museums, they have thousands of objects telling visitors about the city’s history and people. This year, the museum is giving visitors the opportunity to walk around the city to find out where the objects were located.
Most of us will have visited a museum with static objects and descriptions. Portsmouth has decided to get people out and about around the city, enabling visitors to understand the geography and place of Portsmouth.
The ‘Tiny Things’ are 3D printed models of objects in their collection. They are located in parts of the city where the objects were originally found, made or used. To test the idea, they have hidden some in Old Portsmouth. Each one has a QR code attached to it; scan the code to unlock the story of the object, of Portsmouth, and of the city’s people through time.
When you find one, just scan the QR code using your mobile device with a QR code scanner. Participants will find out more about the object’s history, how it was discovered, and what it tells us about life in Portsmouth in the past. The museum is asking people to leave the Tiny Thing where you find it for the next person to discover.
The Museum is asking visitors to share your discoveries on social media and join the world of #tinythings. You can tag them on Facebook and Twitter @PortsCityMuseum!
To find out more, visit the Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery website.