Today, I visited the Ulster Museum with a fellow museum lover to see the, ‘Government Art Collection,’ at the Ulster Museum.
The exhibition opening panel even had a QR code (quick response code) to scan for more information. This is the first time I’ve seen the Ulster Museum use new digital media in an art exhibition. Though QR codes have a debatable history in museums. As in no one really scans them.
The exhibition was very well laid out, with informative panels on who picked the various pictures and where they were placed within British embassies throughout the world. There was even a large scale map of the locations of the embassies.
There was a large selection of pictures, sculptures, drawings, etchings etc on show from the 16th Century to the present day. There was a lot to see in the small time that I spent there (as I was expected elsewhere) and the selection was excellent.
I particularly liked the personal quotes besides pictures given by former prime ministers, prime minsters wives and other British dignitaries. I did not have time to read all of the exhibit texts nor get to read the premise of the whole exhibition, but overall it was an excellent exhibition.
I was very impressed with the feedback form offered to visitors on their way out of the exhibition. I think it’s very important for museums and heritage sites to offer visitors chances to provide feedback. It can add to audience & outreach development, exhibition development amongst other things.