Lincoln museum goes digital after £250k boost

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Visitors to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life will be able to explore new dimensions of the county’s history after a £253,000 round of developments.

The latest improvements include new multi-media iGuides which are packed with video and audio clips, images and games.

The adult version of the iGuide tour is hosted by TV historian Jonathan Foyle, best known for his appearances on Climbing Great Buildings and Time Team.

The young visitors’ tour features ‘Polly Poacher’, a steampunk time traveller.

The iGuides are complemented by elements of Augmented Reality (AR) which allow visitors to view interactive galleries of images relating to various exhibits.

Other improvements include a new heritage-themed play area in the courtyard as well as the implementation of multiple energy efficiency measures.

They can also listen to letters home from the front during WW1, play the Tank Trial Game and much more.

There are also three new interactive projections where visitors can meet a Lincolnshire poacher in a prison cell; take a penny farthing race around Lincoln; and help a lady driver start her vintage car.

Councillor Nick Worth, Executive Member for Culture and Heritage, said: “The iGuides offer visitors a new way to explore the county’s past, helping them delve deeper than ever before.

“There are different versions for older and younger visitors, and both offer a fresh and fun way to learn more about our exhibits and the former barracks building which houses the museum.

“All these improvements are giving the museum a new lease of life, particularly the new play area, which last year helped us attract a record-breaking number of visitors.”

The developments were funded by a £223,000 grant from the Arts Council England’s Renaissance Programme, £10,000 from the Royal Anglian Regimental Association and £20,000 from Lincolnshire County Council.