#mobilemakers #virtualvessels

Tudo_1020x573Day Two of the inaugural #mobilemakers conference at the University of Canberra, and my thoughts are turning to practical applications of the ideas to the museum sector, specifically in the area of maritime heritage. Here are my thoughts so far:

  1. Maritime heritage is integral to Australian’s identity – we are all somehow shaped by the sea.
  2. Maritime crafts, or skills, or trades, are still widely practised but are they seen as “dying out” as technology takes over and makes things cheaper?
  3. Australia’s historic maritime vessels collection is indelibly linked with personal stories and narrative.
  4. Are there ways we could work with #mobilemakers to capture and share these skills, crafts and stories?
  5. How could we use these technologies with vessels such as the Vietnamese fishing boat, the Tu Do, to capture the essence of the physical object (that visitors can’t actually access, board or touch) along with the surrounding narratives?
  6. These vessels, along with associated maritime technologies, are also ripe for STEM / STEAM programming – how could we work more closely with #makerED teachers?
  7. Could we do some collaborative work with maritime makers / #mobilemakers / #makered folks at our 2016 Classic Wooden Boat Festival?

Anyone want to come and play? 14-15 April, 2016 at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour…


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