This digital touch table exhibit was designed for the exhibition A Tale of Two Cities, which is currently on display at the Museum of Lisbon until 22 December 2016.
Nomad Exhibitions partnered with Historic Environment Scotland to produce A Tale of Two Cities. The exhibition incorporates artwork, artefacts, archival material and digital content to explore how the cities of Edinburgh and of the host museum compare as they have developed through time. After successful presentations of the exhibition in China and Scotland, a new version was developed for the Museum of Lisbon, shedding new light on the history of the Portuguese capital.
The digital touch table for A Tale of Two Cities was designed to transport visitors through time by establishing a virtual dialogue between fascinating historic materials from both cities. Visitors are invited to explore the transformations of the cities over centuries by navigating through different layers of interactivity and moving images of digital archival treasures. There are eight different workstations around the periphery of the table that visitors can interact with, exploring four learning themes. The journey starts with the establishment of the city, then takes the user through the historic development and transformation. The exhibit concludes by comparing the cities in modern times. A dynamic exploration is provided by layering historic periods and overlaying maps of the compared cities. Within the proposed themes the visitor can find out more about subthemes that explore specific topics such as religion, science and arts. These subthemes are represented by highlighting monuments, buildings and contextual historical information about the city as the images move through time.
This interactive exploration was developed as a unique feature for the exhibition, to enable visitors to access exceptional historic materials and establish an original dialogue between Edinburgh and the host city. Its development required a combination of expertise from curators, designers and digital producers, to channel in-depth material and extensive information in an engaging and accessible format. It is designed for numerous visitors to experience the exhibit simultaneously. Creative collaboration fostered a user friendly and inspiring experience designed to be easily transposed from city to city.