Successful meSch Consortium Meeting

A full consortium meeting of the meSch project took place from 7 to 11 October in Trento, Italy. From all the participating institutions representatives met up in Trento, to catch up, discuss research findings, showcase prototypes and work together in small-scale co-design workshops.

Visit to Museo della Guerra

An important part of the project meeting was a visit to the Museo Storico Italiano della Guerra (the Italian Historical War Museum), which is one of the three museums in the meSch consortium.

The whole Tuesday was devoted to the visit to the Museo della Guerra. In the morning Camillo Zadra and Anna Pisetti from the museum gave a guided tour through the permanent collection space and the temporary exhibitions of the museum, which is located in a castle in the town of Rovereto in the Trentino area. In the afternoon the group went to Forte Pozzacchio, an unfinished fort built by the Austrian command, which was started in 1909. It has recently been renovated and will be open to the public soon.

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Listening to Anna Pisetti from the Museo della Guerra during the tour of the museum

These tours provided an opportunity for the people from the other organisations that are involved in meSch to experience first-hand the space, the collections and the type of visitors of the museum. The tours also offered insight into the curatorial approach of the museum professionals as well as an idea of the museums’ approach to technology. These and the earlier visits to the two other museums in the consortium (the Allard Pierson Museum and Museon) at the Co-Design Workshop in Amsterdam and The Hague in June will help the development of the meSch platform for the creation of tangible interactive smart exhibits.

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Looking at a scale model of the renovated Forte Pozzacchio

Showcasing Protoypes and Co-Design Workshops

The rest of the week was filled with updates from the different work packages, showing and testing the exploratory prototypes already developed, discussions and co-design activities. More about these activities will appear on the website soon.

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Trying out the Companion Novel prototype

More about the full consortium meeting in Trento

Read here a blog post about the co-design workshop during the consortium meeting in which meSch partners explored possible interactions and narratives around various existing museum artefacts.

Other blog posts from project partners about the different activities at the meeting in Trento will appear on the meSch blog soon, so keep posted!

Pictures of the meeting can be found on our Flickr account.