Chris Woodley-Stewart, Director of the North Pennines AONB Partnership which runs Bowlees Visitor Centre, at Middleton, Teesdale, had seen the project that we worked on at Sutton Bank which uses RFID tags to create an interactive experience around key themes. This sparked some ideas of his own.
Chris and the North Pennines AONB Partnership team were looking for a flexible interactive exhibit that would provide interpretation about the geodiversity and special qualities of the AONB, the ways in which the landscaped has been shaped and managed over time and how it is looked after today. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is also a European and Global Geopark. The exhibit will also support presentations that are made in the Visitor Centre.
Our concept presents a unit with cubby holes which will contain objects with RFID tags hidden within them. These tags use radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data from the ‘tagged’ object to a computer and allow the visitor to view content relevant to the object on a screen. It is an ideal way to let users get “hands on” to discover more about a theme through the aspects that catch their interest the most.