Collections in the Landscape

Copy-Editor, Buxton Museum & Art Gallery

Through this project Buxton Museum is reinterpreting its heritage and exploring dynamic approaches that will make collections more relevant to audiences and inspire them with the natural and cultural heritage of the Peak District. New and existing visitors will have greater access to collections through improved interactivity and a better choice of layered information. 

My role is to develop a bespoke style guide for the project, to train staff and volunteers in accessible text writing and to oversee the production of all written material, printed and online.

Collections in the Landscape aims to stimulate two-way traffic, inspiring museum visitors to go out and explore the local area and encouraging people enjoying the landscape to visit the museum. The project will reinterpret the collections at Buxton Museum and link them to the places they were found or created. These sites will be highlighted in the new gallery and a range of digital applications will link collections to the places they were discovered or made. The collections are mainly geology and archaeology from the Peak District, but also include fine art landscapes of Derbyshire. The project has three main objectives: 

Pocket Wonders will offer 12 guided tours of selected sites for use on mobile phones, providing virtual access to relevant collections for visitors enjoying the landscape. 

Wonders of the Peak will involve the refurbishment of the museum’s principal gallery, redisplaying its fantastic collection, including items not exhibited before and providing additional material through digital interpretation. 

Armchair Wonders will provide online access to the museum’s collections.