Dan’s the man for the new digital age

Dan Clarke who takes up his role as heritage officer with Moyse's Hall Museum to focus ona  more digital approach for the museum

Dan Clarke who takes up his role as heritage officer with Moyse's Hall Museum to focus ona more digital approach for the museum

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Moyse’s Hall Museum will be bringing its exhibits to life through new digital sight ands sound following the appointment of a new heritage officer.

Dan Clarke, 34, from Bury St Edmunds takes up a full-time post after being selected from 200 applicants to take part in the Skills for the Digital Age funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dan was one of four trainees who spent a year working at Moyse’s Hall, West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, Bury Records Office and Suffolk County Council’s Archaeology Service under the £100,000 HLF funded scheme.

Dan will now use his skills to help create a new and immersive experience for visitors to Moyse’s Hall which last month was short-listed for the Suffolk Museums of the Year awards.

He said: “This has been an amazing learning experience and, combined with the traditional skills I have gained from established experts in their field, has given me the best training I could have hoped for.”

Dan has been working to discover how best the museum can improve its interaction with the public, schools and colleges through the use of digital technology.

This has involved building up an internet presence through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the use of digital photography and using modern archiving software.

The traineeship was devised by Suffolk Museums Partnership and received funding from HLF as well as grants from Suffolk County Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

Later this year the Museum plans to use sound to create atmosphere which will be triggered by sensors as people move around the exhibition.