13 September 2016 by Ann
As part of the consultation period prior to the redevelopment of the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s South End galleries we asked visitors about how they would like to see Lord Lever’s collections interpreted. We were keen to explore the use of technology in our displays but were mindful that many people were wary of too much intervention wanting to keep the galleries as they were. However, 99% of those surveyed said that they owned a smartphone and 71% were interested in a venue app and would consider downloading one.
We set to work planning how we could enhance a visit to the Gallery using digital content but not at the expense of the physical experience and so it was decided to develop a simple app which gave visitors, particularly families, an alternative method of exploring the collections in the new galleries and in the comfort of their own homes.
Lever wanted to share his collections with the public and believed that art should be “within the reach of everyone.” Our free app takes a tour of the newly refurbished South End galleries and includes a short trail for very young children looking for animals across the collection. Both tours highlight key objects for visitors young and old and encourages you to take a deeper look at the objects and works of art on display. Once downloaded it can be accessed wherever you are and will update with new information when connected to wi-fi.
Featuring the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware anywhere in the world, one of the best collections of Chinese ceramics in Europe, and outstanding 18th century paintings, furniture and sculpture we challenge you to find your own highlights and to share them with us on Twitter @leverartgallery using the tag #artwithinreach.
With a full programme of free family events, adult talks, tours and workshops the app will give you access to the latest information about what’s happening at the Gallery.
We will be listening to your feedback and adding more digital tours in future so whether you have an Android or an Apple smart phone download the app and start exploring now.
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