GRAP 103 season has started, and is already in full swing as museums, libraries, archives, and galleries rush to meet the deadlines for financial reporting at the end of this financial year. We are offering a range of support to help your institution prepare and to improve your GRAP 103 readiness.
Throughout the past couple of months we have seen a significant improvement in the exchange rates between the UK Pound and the Rand. The impetus of this was the Brexit vote by the British public, causing the start of the process where the UK will leave the European Union. This has caused the pound to suffer in relation to other currencies, with the side-effect of causing a benefit to imports from the UK for South African companies.
We distribute the range of conversation materials from CXD in the UK, and the landed costs of these has now reduced almost 20% from the peak a few months ago and is now at levels last seen around a year ago.
What will museum of the future look like? There are some amazing new technologies which can help to bring the museum experience to the modern user, and especially to the youth who mostly expect everything to be digital. In this series of articles I will highlight some of these new and emerging ideas and technologies which are being developed. In this first articles I show how Virtual Reality is being used interactively to provide access to the oral history of Holocaust survivors.
We are renewing our offer to museums for us to provide a Mini Web Page which is localised to your town or city, and which is then discoverable by tourists and others.
This is part of a larger initiative to create a general cultural atlas of the country, similar to what has been done in other countries of the world, to enable easy access to a host of arts, culture and heritage activities. This initiative is partly driven by some of the international papers delivered at the SACO conference in Port Elizabeth.
Our first part of this initiative is to build up a comprehensive atlas of all of the museums, with each having their own Mini Web Page.
For the Mini Web Page we offer the following:
- we gather information from you about your museum
- we will build a Mini Web Page using a standardised design, incorporating your own information and images
- we will then publish this on the XtownX portal under your specific museum name with an address such as : xtownx.co.za/YOURMUSEUMNAME
Please download the following form in Word, complete this, and then submit this as indicated, and we will then keep you informed about the progress.
We look forward to hearing from you, from the ETHER team.
The first article in this series introduced the issues with museum web sites, including those issues common to all historical sites and memory institutions. In this second article I focus on some of the content required and how this content can be adapted to meet the needs of the different types of users.