Chance to tour mu­seum with­out leav­ing re­cep­tion

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Ten­ter­den Mu­seum has gone dig­i­tal af­ter re­ceiv­ing a grant and cash from an anony­mous donor.

The mu­seum’s new Ak­tivAc­cess sys­tem, un­veiled last week, was bought with the in­ten­tion of en­abling vis­i­tors with mo­bil­ity dif­fi­cul­ties to take a tour of the mu­seum with­out leav­ing the re­cep­tion room. There are 360-de­gree tours of each of the mu­seum build­ing’s rooms, as well as de­tailed information about many of the ex­hibits.

The mu­seum’s team have also added the dig­i­tal archive which in­cludes deeds, old pho­to­graphs and fam­ily his­to­ries, and with the help of Jerry D’Arts of Ten­ter­den Cam­era Club they have pho­tographed arte­facts held in stor­age and not on dis­play, thus al­low­ing vis­i­tors to see th­ese, too. Also in­cluded are video and sound clips.

The sys­tem was bought thanks to an anony­mous do­na­tion from a lo­cal res­i­dent and member of the Ten­ter­den & District Mu­seum As­so­ci­a­tion, a grant of £2,000 from the South East Mu­seum De­vel­op­ment Fund, and mu­seum funds.

The mu­seum is keen to en­cour­age lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and so­ci­eties to col­late their records and store them on Ak­tivAc­cess with pho­to­graphs of medals, cups and other mem­o­ra­bilia.

Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Deb­bie Greaves said: “Ini­tial feed­back has been bril­liant and we are look­ing for­ward to more res­i­dents us­ing Ak­tivAc­cess to find out more about the town and in­deed bring­ing their old doc­u­ments and pho­to­graphs for us to add to the archive. There are so many pho­to­graphs of the Ten­ter­den district go­ing right back to the 1830s, which peo­ple who live here will have never seen and can now view them.

“The archive will also be in­ter­est­ing for peo­ple buy­ing one of the new homes in Ten­ter­den, who will be able to see what was on their plot pre­vi­ously and find out about the his­tory of the High Street.

“The equip­ment puts Ten­ter­den Mu­seum at the fore­front of new tech­nol­ogy and meets the de­mands of a 21st cen­tury mu­seum vis­i­tor.”

The new ad­di­tion is just part of the cel­e­bra­tions of Ten­ter­den Mu­seum be­ing open for 40 years. On Sun­day, June 26, the mu­seum will hold an open day with a num­ber of mo­tor ve­hi­cles that were on the road in 1976 on dis­play. Ad­mis­sion is free.

For more information, or to ar­range to use the equip­ment, call 01580 764310 or visit www. ten­ter­den­mu­

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM4354703

Deb­bie Greaves, Jerry D’Arts, Graham Bald­win, Robin Wilkins and Sarah Corn from the South East Mu­seum De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme at the launch

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