Bringing display cases to life

Have you ever wondered how the objects in display cases get chosen, or the journey they go on to arrive there?

Five  Year 6 pupils from Oswald Primary School  have been chosen to guest curate one of the themes in the Rylands Gallery; the faiths cases.  Whilst providing items and interpretation peers can relate to, the pupils will also be learning about the different roles and processes involved in exhibiting items.

In addition, the project will  provide a layer of interpretation through augmented reality allowing visitors to uncover more information and providing additional activities on their mobile devices. It is a collaboration between Education and learning at The John Rylands Library and Mimas.

Some of the features include:

  • 3D models of some of the objects using touch gestures to rotate, scale and move.
  • Picture yourself with virtual models of the objects, then upload them for posterity on the library Flickr page to show your friends and family.
  • Learn fun facts about the objects such as where they were discovered, how they are stored and what they are made of.
  • Watch videos from the children who curated the cases and view detailed images.
  • Unlock hidden content by answering questions on the objects.

Here is a sneak peak of some of the early AR content including one of the curators, Luke appearing in a Harry Potter inspired newspaper.

5 thoughts on “Bringing display cases to life

  1. Shelley Mannion

    Great post, but I found the title a little misleading. What you’re discussing is bringing the *objects* in display cases to life rather that the cases themselves. At Second Story labs in Oregon, they are combining transparent LED screens with Kinect sensors to bring the actual cases alive, or at least enabling them to react to visitors’ eye movements and display relevant content about the objects they contain. I found their prototype a very compelling example of AR and one which breaks ground in its use of sensors. For details see

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