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LAInet digital technology research trip to the Museum of London

Museum Name

Image credit: Eileen Clegg

Hampshire Solent LAINet (Learning, Access and Interpretation Network)

Museum Contact

Dr Eileen Clegg, Education Officer, Royal Armouries Fort Nelson

The Project

A research trip to the Museum of London to learn about simple, cheap and effective digital technology that can make a museum gallery, or education workshop interactive.


May 2014

What were the Project aims?

For LAInet members to meet Paul Clifford, Head of Digital Learning at MOL and get him to show us some of the work he has been doing to develop and use simple digital technology within his education session with schools.

What was the impact of the Project?

Image credit: Eileen Clegg

Four LAInet members now have a greater understanding of various simple technologies. Circuits discussed – Rasberry Pie, Makey Makey, Lilly Pad, Bare Paint, Bare Conductive Sensor, Chibitronic stickers, Little Bits. Software discussed – Scratch, Soundplant, arduino. Online help and sales websites discussed – Adafruit, Github, Wheezy download, Arduino app,, Printdoo, Littlebits, the Piehut. We will be able to work together to develop further our understanding of these products and websites and share our ideas with others in LAInet.

What went well and what didn't go well?

The trip was very informative, Paul gave us lots of ideas and there are some amazing products out there that are such fun and so cheap. For example, Bare paint and a Bare Conductive Sensor can be combined to make circuits that are painted onto a surface. So you could paint a button onto a wall that when touched will trigger a hidden speaker to make a noise or tell you about something.

What is becoming clear is that many new products are just about to be launched onto the market and that continuous communication with experts like Paul and the online community is necessary to keep up to date and to learn how to use the new products.

Training in Arduino programming (the programming language that most of these products operate on) would also be really useful for somebody in LAInet so that they could train and support others.

Top Tips

There is a huge community out on the internet developing new products, some of which are kickstarter projects. Here are a few websites that can give you ideas.

There is also a huge community out there that can advise on how to use products that operate on Arduino systems. To do anything more complicated than making a single noise for each circuit you will need to connect to a computer that is using Arduino software. Programming Arduino for the novice can be hard and so you can ask others for help on sites like this:

What are your plans for the future?

To use our research to form the basis of the digital technology LAInet event (currently being planned for Feb 2015). We hope to deliver hands on workshops on, for example, Makeymakey circuit boards.

Overall cost of the Project

Cost of travel for four people to MOL £134.20. Funded by a Hampshire Solent Museum Development training bursary.