Future Makers

Role: Producer

Client: A pilot programme developed by FutureEverything for Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums.

How can you use technology and the digital to increase engagement in galleries and museums? Working with leading technologists, creatives and companies from across the UK and the North East we designed a series of events utilising previously uncelebrated objects and data sets from TWAM’s collection. Inspiring a new breed of creatives whilst challenging preconceptions of what museums and their collections mean in the digital age.

[Workshops included:]

Gadgets: Adventures in Design: Using the gallery’s outstanding collection for inspiration, children designed wearable objects for the people of the future before getting hands on with materials and the starter electronics kit Little Bits to realise the creations. Workshop delivered with Hirsch & Mann.

Railway Codes: A 10-hour hackathon for developers, makers, engineers, data scientists, artists and train enthusiasts at North Tyneside’s Stephenson Railway Museum. Utilising historic data from both the museum collection and the UK rail network before creating new digital prototypes and artworks. Workshop delivered with Sparks North East.

New Inventors. An introductory electronics workshops for young people at the Discovery Museum. Experimenting with conductive dough, bringing it to life with light and sound, and creating electronic sounds by building own synthesisers. Delivered by Tech Will Save Us.

TimeCraft: In this workshop for 7–14 year olds at Arbeia Roman Fort participants explored Roman life and recreated Roman ruins in Minecraft.

The Museum as Medium – Teaching adults how to code and make digital sound works by utilising the data from the museum’s vast natural sciences collection. Designed with Shelly Knotts, co-delivered with Holger Ballwag, Tom Schofield and Lalya Gaye. .

About TWAM

Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums (TWAM) is a major regional museum, art gallery and archives service. It manages a collection of nine museums and galleries across Tyneside and the Archives for Tyne and Wear. It is supported by the five local authorities of the area and Newcastle University. TWAM is also a Major Partner Museum funded by Arts Council England and has Core Funded Museum status.