For King and Country? First World War Interactive at the Jewish Museum, London

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For King & Country?

Letters and a diary from the First World War

Roz Currie & Peter Pavement

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SURFACE IMPRESSIONBriefTender was for a museum Interactive to accompany a First World War exhibition at the Jewish MuseumOriginally the brief was just to show the letters of Marcus Segal, a Jewish officer who served (and died) on the Western Front (1916 1917)Subsequently it was expanded to include the Diary of Florence Oppenheimer, a nurse who served in the Eastern MediterraneanSURFACE IMPRESSIONPersonasThe brief outlined user stories to communicate modes of interactionAlice museum visitor who doesnt know what shes interested in Ben needs to find a letter from last time he visited - to show his friend Museum visitor Zebedee needs to find out how many chickens Marcus received during his time in the trenches.

SURFACE IMPRESSIONPersonasMuseum researcher Morris is researching the role of rats in wars Staff member Colin spots a typo in a transcript and needs to edit a letter Staff member Rebecca finds a new letter in a drawer and needs to add it to the system Staff member Henry finds 100 letters written by another Jewish person serving in the Armed Forces and wants to add a new sectionMuseum staff member Freda wants to change or add a theme around a Jewish festival

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SURFACE IMPRESSIONKioskTo save on a tight budget we experimented with using consumer PCs to run the kioskWe used a touch screen All in One plus an MDF cabinet (as part of the exhibition build)

SURFACE IMPRESSIONChallengesHardly any time for content production and design some rough edges went liveConceptualising the diary contentConnectivity within the museum for a web hosted systemBuilt in software on the kiosk threw up some nasties!Visitor confusion over headphones and audioSURFACE IMPRESSIONBenefitsMakes a huge amount of content really accessibleThe kiosk will become part of the Jewish Museums permanent galleriesThe interactive will be available online, reaching a wider audience for a longer period than the exhibitionThe content can be extended with new document collections if they become availableSURFACE IMPRESSIONRoz Curriewww.thejmm.org.uk@JewishMilitary

Peter Pavementwww.surfaceimpression.com@peterpavement@surfimpress

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