Digital Media at the V&A

We’re a team of techies, developers, writers, strategists and media makers, responsible for all things digital in the V&A. You’ll find our work on websites, apps, in galleries and on your smartphones and tablets.

Learn about the exciting projects we are developing and keep up to date with our latest news and ideas. We also share our insights and opinions on the most recent developments in the ever-changing world of digital media.

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Group-design techniques: Paper prototypes, visualisations and models

V&A Director Martin Roth, recently interviewed, spoke passionately about the power of being in the presence of real objects in museums. What is better than physically being there, soaking in the powerful feelings of direct experience? So, how does this help us design? A team viewing/discussing/critiquing simultaneously can generate amazing creative ideas. We have found that physical things have […]

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MuseumNext 2014 – APPS v WEB and other digital grudge matches

Apps or web? Is data the friend of users or creepy intrusion? Does project envy lead to closed thinking or can we learn from others? These are just a few of the museum technology-management topics getting some lively exchanges recently in Newcastle/Gateshead, at the ever-stimulating MuseumNext. These are not new debates, even for museums, but thinking has evolved with museum products and services over […]

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CDOs, the new Chief Electrical Officers?

  It’s the beginning of the twentieth century, and you own a small factory in Wallsend, up the river Tyne from Newcastle. You’re considering whether to ditch the steam engines and get your factory plugged into Charles Merz’s new Neptune Bank Power Station, the UK’s first electrical power distribution system, based on Nikola Tesla’s discoveries […]

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We are Museums 2014 – Innovation in Warsaw!

What happens when you gather a load of enthusiastic people together for two intense days of best-practise experience mashed up with hands-on digital service design workshops, out in beautiful museums and galleries? This is We are Museums 2014, which this year was in the lovely city of Warsaw, Poland. Enthusiasm The event is refreshingly action-based. […]

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Astronauts only change their underwear once every 5 days – Day 2 of Thinking Digital 2014

Sitting through the 2nd day of the Thinking Digital conference at Sage Gateshead was rather like settling down in front of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. With presentations ranging from virtual reality, disease and money to lunar architecture, blood, and the rise of machines, by people with job titles such as Lunar Architect and Machine Educator, it […]

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Data, Discovery and Debate – Day One of Thinking Digital 2014

There are some truly fantastic people working in the world of digital for museums, however it’s nice sometimes to get out of the arts and heritage bubble to learn some lessons from the digital community at large. There are ideas and developments circulating in the wider world that have huge implications for us and what […]

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Best of the Best

There were definitely no soggy bottoms last night as Sue Perkins presented us with not just one but a trio of awards at the Museum and Heritage Awards 2014. We were delighted to receive the Best of the Best award, Best Temporary or Touring Exhibition for David Bowie is… and the Innovation award for our […]

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What’s it like for Museum visitors to connect to Wi-Fi on a mobile phone?

This post reviews research we have been doing recently, into how we can improve the experience for mobile users in the museum when they first make contact with Wi-Fi. Over the last two years at the V&A, the Digital Media department has worked hard to improve the remote mobile experience, by making our web pages responsive to […]

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Museums and the Web 2014: Digital arrival, unpredictability and churn

Museums and the Web Baltimore was as thought-provoking and inspiring as ever. With the day-job specifics turned off, it is truly invigorating to open up the mind in the company of 600 or so museum professionals working at the coalface of digital in museums. Here are some key takeaways for me. Это теперь доступен на […]

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Ten digital lessons (or ‘the things I learnt at my first Museums and the Web’)

As the old conference quip goes, it’s often easier to meet up with your peers half way round the globe than in your hometown. Museums and the Web 2014 was no exception. This was my first outing at the conference and, as well as getting to meet some of my peers and counterparts from London’s […]

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