Mobile Learning Resource at Kelvingrove Museum

Client: Glasgow Museums

Designers: Kiss The Frog

Fit Out: Elmwood Projects

The project to deliver a Mobile Learning Resource (MLR) Project for Glasgow Museums involved the Fit-out of a unique immersive space and digital resource incorporating Interactive Hardware and Software, facilitating Digital Content, and the Setworks to seamlessly house this content.

The MLR Project aims to encourage visitors and young people to engage with the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum collections through a unique new visitor experience incorporating smart mobile devices, in-gallery digital hardware and compelling interactive content.

The resource is particularly targeted towards young people (ages 12-18) from disadvantaged backgrounds, many of whom will have little or no experience of being in a museum, to promote in them an increased sense of confidence and help them to recognise and understand their own skills; for learning, for work and for life. Using the theme of “My Stories”, participants use technology to closely examine and investigate a selection of objects and artefacts in the Museum and Gallery.

In the vast majority of our projects, we undertake the role as main fit out contractor and are responsible for all elements of the delivery. However, with MLR a consortium of collaborating specialists was formed, while we delivered the Setworks element of this combined offering. Led by exhibition designers Kiss the Frog, the “HQ” of the visitor experience is a multi-purpose room, hidden away from the rest of the museum and visitors, designed to give young people a sense of VIP, behind-the-scenes access and offer a sensory, immersive experience of sound, colour and light aimed to challenge preconceived ideas of what museums are.

This room’s key requirements are:-

To host groups of up to 33 young people plus staff

• Be multifunctional; the installed furniture provides seating for viewing presentations and workstations for up to 6 groups of 6 young people. This furniture also accommodates built in touch screens and is flexible and adaptable to varying activities.
• Provide a staged docking station for mobile devices to be charged, updated and the retrieval of in gallery data
• Provide accessible storage for audio headsets
• Incorporate projectors, screens, lights and audio for immersive presentations within the design
• Discreetly house the MLR server and admin PC terminals

The MLR experience will also be delivered multiple times a day; therefore it was vital that the whole environment be robust and durable to withstand constant use.

All seating, wall panelling and 3D wall decoration for the MLR were provided by Elmwood Projects and the lighting, electricals, graphics, AV Hardware and Software were provided by our consortium partners.

The “My Stories” Mobile Learning Resource has not yet opened to the public due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however the Museum hopes to welcome the first school groups to it in 2021.