Chance to tour museum without leaving reception
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. tenterdenmuseum.co.uk
Debbie Greaves, Jerry D’Arts, Graham Baldwin, Robin Wilkins and Sarah Corn from the South East Museum Development Programme at the launch