Chatteris Museum awarded funding for new interactive touchscreen and a digital signage board to ‘modernise the visitor experience’.

PUBLISHED: 17:51 20 November 2018 | UPDATED: 11:26 26 November 2018

Funding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Volunteers Viv Marsden and Sally Shortland. Picture: CLARE BUTLER

Funding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Volunteers Viv Marsden and Sally Shortland. Picture: CLARE BUTLER

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It may contain artefacts dating from the prehistoric times but now Chatteris Museum has been brought into the 21st century with the installation of an interactive touchscreen.

Funding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Picture: CLARE BUTLERFunding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Picture: CLARE BUTLER

The two new audio visual additions have been bought out of £2,808 funding donated by Cambridgeshire Acre with funding from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

One has been installed in the back room of the museum for members of the monthly children’s club to use, while the other is at the entrance to display events and the latest information.

The stylish screens have touch sensors and can be used to access different apps.

“It will modernise the visitor experience and put a new light on things for children who usually see museums as being fuddy-duddy places,” said treasurer, Sally Shortland.

Funding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Picture: CLARE BUTLERFunding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Picture: CLARE BUTLER

“We also offer information on local history through the screen, offering a more engaging experience for everyone.

“It will be something different to look at will brighten things up.”

The monthly museum club, which is overseen by volunteers, sees children take part in a variety of activities from exciting trails, rug making and history-themed events which include learning about the Stone Age to First World War soldier George Clare.

Volunteer, Viv Marsden, added: “The Museum was relocated to its present site in the early 1990s.

Funding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Picture: CLARE BUTLERFunding sees Chatteris Museum get new interactive whiteboards to ‘modernise the visitor experience’. Picture: CLARE BUTLER

“Over time many children’s activities have been offered and this trend which continues is now enhanced by the installation of our splendid screens.”

Training for the boards will be given to volunteers over the coming weeks and then the official launch will take place on December 8 with the Mayor of Chatteris Councillor Bill Haggata.

The Museum has more than 600,000 years of human occupation to see, with exhibits illustrating traditional aspects of Fenland life on an island, the waterways and drainage, the railway boom and the wealth of the prosperous 19th century market town.

The museum’s kiosk archive also contains more than 9,000 photographs and document copies.

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