Digital Armistice Stories

The South West Museum Development Programme working with six museums and heritage organisations across Wiltshire has received a £9,300 National Lottery grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to interpret and share Armistice era stories from their collections, and to display them in their galleries and exhibition spaces via new interpretive screens.

Digital Armistice Stories will bring together a group of volunteers and staff from six museums and heritage organisations across Wiltshire to explore local and national First World War stories from the Armistice era (1918-1919). Focusing on the heritage of the final year of the First World War and its immediate aftermath, the project will specifically look to interpret and share museum objects, photographs, documents and other assets such as audio and film with the visiting public in an accessible digital format.

The project, made possible by National Lottery players, will fund the acquisition of digital touch-screens and the commissioning of a digital developer to work alongside the six museums. The museums will also benefit from specialist interpretation workshops delivered by the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary Partnership.

The project will also enable the museums which are predominately comprised of volunteers to further their skills in digital engagement in galleries, supporting one of our key aims for museums to enhance the digital engagement, skills and investment in museums in the region.

Beginning in autumn 2017 and culminating in the anniversary of the First World War Armistice in November 2018, participating museums will explore and communicate stories from their local communities to commemorate the Armistice and its impact both locally and nationally.

Participant Museums

For further information, images and interviews please contact Victoria Hopton at the South West Museum Development Programme on 0117 35 25615 or victoria.hopton@bristol.gov.uk