Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens. Housed in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture, the Museum’s growing collections underpin a broad programme of natural environment research, teaching and public engagement.
Oxford University Museum approached us to create an animated interactive presentation as part of a larger exhibition showcasing the work of Geologist William Smith. We designed a typical 18th Century workspace showcasing his research, correspondence and illustrations.
The presentation was built using HTML5 and it ran on a touch sensitive screen supplied by the Museum. As well as being able to click through the various exhibits, the use of high resolution images also enabled users to zoom in and view individual pages in greater detail. Also included were visual and audio transcripts of his correspondence.
HTML 5 is increasingly being used as an alternative to Flash because it is supported on all platforms and devices. A number of applications have been developed to support this new technology we used Adobe Edge animate for this particular project.