Cultural and creative institutions are keen to share their archives and collections with users to allow them to appropriate them in new ways using digital infrastructures and devices.  However, these organisations face significant barriers at the first stage of developing new visitor experiences due to lack of resources and sufficient knowledge about the availability of appropriate digital technologies.

The VisitorBox project will collate findings and in-house resources including design knowledge and digital tools, forging an unanticipated pathway to impact by creating a toolkit that will allow heritage stakeholders to generate novel ideas for visitor experiences, share these within and between organisations and accelerate their capacity to engage new audiences, maximise new technologies and make full use of their assets in new ways.

The Toolkit will contain a deck of ideation cards, an ideation app, and an online ideas repository. When used together, these will provide organisations with creative constraints to quickly and effectively generate and assess new ideas for visitor experiences. The card deck design will be free to use and extend, while the app and repository will also be free to use, making the VisitorBox product accessible to organisations from the very large to the very small.

Co-design Partners:

Nottingham Castle Museum and Gallery

Nottingham Contemporary

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature

National Videogame Arcade

The D H Lawrence Birthplace Museum

National Trust, South Nottinghamshire/North Lincolnshire

School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Read how VisitorBox cards are being used: Calling All Active Citizens