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Ancient Worlds mobile website

September 11, 2013

When the Ancient World galleries at the Manchester Museum reopened they also launched a mobile website. Quite a few of the items on display are accompanied by codes, such as this one , which can be entered on the mobile website. You will then get additional information on the item.
The additional information can consist of audio, a gallery, 3D view, a video and additional text. In most cases it will also tell you which collection this item is part of. There is also an option to share the page you are on through Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Even if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi the website reacts quickly. Of course the 3D views take a little longer to load, but once they’ve loaded they run very fast. They can be slowed down or moved manually.
The website is very easy to use, because all you have to do is slide the signs on the website to match a code found near an artifact and you will be presented with that artefact’s page. If you simply wish to know what else you can have a further look at, all you have to do is click on the gallery the item is a part of. You will then be presented with a list of items of which further information is available. The codes are included in the list.

During my first visit to Manchester Museum I used the mobile website. Now, for this post, I had another look, almost 1 year later. It seems nothing much (if at all) has been added, which is a shame. There must be so much more to tell about the artefacts included in this website. However, the information that is there is well presented and interesting. To be honest, I know they have been working very hard on the redisplay of the Ancient World Galleries, which were closed again not so long ago for further improvements. So I wouldn’t be surprised if updating and further completing the mobile website is not a top priority at the moment.

I think it’s a brilliant idea to use a mobile website and not an app, because a website can be used on any mobile device and it runs on your computer at home as well (depending on the version and type of browser you use). This means that if you make a note of the codes of the artefacts you’re interested in you can check it out at home.

I think this is a great addition to the wealth of information already available at the museum. Hopefully they will be able to add to the information on the website in the near future.

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