Project Partners

The Team


The project team includes, Adrian Davies of Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries who worked with Roma Patel and Deborah Tuck,  at Nottingham Trent University, School of Art & Design to develop storyline, script and interaction. Andrew Whitney at Hot Knife Digital Media,  the technology providers created the 3D Augmented Reality App including modelling, animation. The project was supported by The University of Nottingham, Dr Richard Gaunt, School of History and  Dr Stuart Reeves, School of Computer Science.

Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries

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The internationally relevant collections held by Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries epitomise the significant and turbulent history of what is now a vibrant city. The museum continues its role as a catalyst for new creativity since opening its doors in 1878, and is a major visitor destination in the East Midlands. It has developed a strong pedigree of creative programming and community participation, thus developing a range of networks for user testing and consultation. The museum has staged a number of major temporary exhibitions, working with national/international artists and partners; for example: Andy Warhol –His Life and Art (2002) from Pittsburgh; British Art Show 7 (2010) and Flashback; Anish Kapoor (2011).

Adrian Davies is part of the senior management team at Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries (NCMG) and was the Project Manager . He has led over 30 diverse exhibition projects at NCMG mainly with R&D / innovation elements. Some of the work has won regional awards, for example Wollaton Hall, Design & Interpretation (2007). This included a 3D animated film of a virtual room with interpretation developed with a disability advisory group and technical provider.

Nottingham Trent University, School of Art and Design


At Nottingham Trent University School of Art & Design have an internationally recognised reputation for the high quality of our Art and Design education provision. The essence of a good education in Art and Design is the combination of a great environment and a dedicated, innovative and professional academic staff, supported by knowledgeable technical and administrative staff. Nottingham Trent University has a long tradition of creative and design-led industrial activity and many elements of our research echo this excellence.

Roma Patel is also co-ordinating the project academic research exploring the technology as interpretation. She makes work for theatre and digital installations in UK and Europe. She is interested in projects that cover the areas of cross disciplinary arts, scenography, site-specific theatre and performance and digital arts and real-time visualisation. Her designs for the site specific production of the Tempest by Corcadorca Theatre Company, Ireland can be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Theatre Museum since 2008.

Deborah Tuck is a senior Lecturer and Course leader at Nottingham Trent University. She is currently researching the area of interactive narrative environments which explores the potential for virtual technologies as a storytelling medium. This research involves investigating new possibilities for narrative form and new ways of using this form for public display. Areas involved include audiovisual theory, game strategies, visualisation technologies and interface design. She is also working with the Lace Archive in developing an oral history project about the Lace Industry. This research involves capturing the oral history of those who worked in the Nottingham Lace Industry during the 20th Century.

Hot Knife Digital Media

Hot Knife logoNottingham based Hot Knife Digital Media, specialists in animation and digital content, are the technology providers creating the 3D Augmented Reality and App design, including modelling, animation and interaction across sectors such as gaming, corporate communications and television advertising sectors since 1993.

They have developed products for many emerging technologies over this period, from CD-ROM, Internet, Flash and DVD to current mobile platforms. Clients include Canon, BT, Boots, Panasonic, Experian, The Cloud, National Children’s Agency, Price Waterhouse Coopers to name but a few. Alongside standard B2B work they have been involved in many collaborative projects with Arts groups Active Ingredient and Mudlark.

Specialising in 3D modelling, animation and visualisation they are able to create content for multiple platforms, based upon an industry standard Autodesk pipeline. This established pipeline allows for seamless integration with technology and software developed for both gaming and emerging mobile technologies. Through workflows into such packages as Unity-for gaming, and Metaio-for Augmented Reality they are able to produce and author projects for multiple platforms such as Apple &Android to stand alone software, through all modern distribution channels. Based upon a strong experience of more traditional digital media, they have the core staff skills to research, develop and create content for emerging mobile and digital technologies.


Dr Richard Gaunt

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Dr Stuart Reeves

School of Computer Science, Reeves’s expertise and interest in building upon prior video ethnographies of interaction with novel technologies in public / semi-public settings. He provided expertise in recording how visitors actually use the new technology.


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