Our work for Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives

Written by: Dan Goodwin On: 4 Jun 2014 In: Work

On Friday 16 May 2014, we were delighted to attend the Museums Computer Group’s Spring meeting Museums Get Mobile. Delighted for several reasons: it was a fascinating and inspiring day of talks, we met lots of smart and enthusiastic folk who work in museum tech, and we were there to announce the soft launch of a new site.

We’ve been working with Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives since January to design and build a brand new site to showcase five amazing museums and Bristol Record Office.

The M Shed page on the new Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives site

We’ve really enjoyed working on the project: the museums are fantastic places, the Record Office provides a valuable service in helping wide variety of people and organisations research their local and family history, and the team we were working with is smart, enthusiastic and worked closely with us throughout the whole project. We were also pleased to discover how vibrant the museums sector is in the UK and worldwide with a strong ethos of sharing research and best practice.

At Museums Get Mobile, I presented a talk about the approach we took to commissioning the project where we eschewed the ‘traditional’ model of request for proposal / brief / tender and instead budgeted in a chunk of time and money on a collaborative discovery phase where we worked closely with stakeholders at Bristol Museums to discover the needs of the organisation and its users, explore the scale of ongoing project space and establish clear priorities for the initial phase of work.

In accordance with one of Bristol Museums Digital Principles, the work of the project was conducted in the open so you can read more about all aspects of the project on the Bristol Museums Labs blog. There’s plenty more work to be done on the site and beyond so we’re looking forward to working more with the team.

Visit the Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives site