New galleries open with a series of interactive displays supported by The Bonita Trust
Throughout the V&As ten new Medieval & Renaissance Galleries there are a series of interactive touch screens which allow the visitor to explore objects in more detail. Pages from Leonardos famous Codex Forster have been digitised for the first time allowing visitors to zoom in and turn the pages of his intricate notebooks and one of the magnificent Devonshire Hunting Tapestries has also been digitized examining medieval courtly life. Short films explain the context in which objects were created such as Donatellos celebrated Ascension relief and audio points play specially commissioned music from the period.
The interactive displays are all available in the galleries and on the V&As website: www.vam.ac.uk/medren and can be accessed from computer terminals in the specially created Bonita Trust Study Area.
The interactive displays and study area have been made possible with generous funding from the Bonita Trust. First member of the Bonita Trust Advisory Board, Ruth Parasol DeLeon, said: We are delighted to have supported the V&As new galleries in this way. The leveraging of technology to better inform and educate is at the core of our purpose; the interactives provide a deeper understanding of many of the magnificent objects on display, examining their original context and use, bringing them alive for a new generation.
Bonita Trust Study Area
Access to all digital and audio material in the new galleries is available via the V&As website on eight computer terminals in the Bonita Trust Study Area, located within the central orientation hub of the new galleries. Visitors can use the Study Area to access the V&As recently launched Search the Collections database. This search facility provides detailed information, new research and photographs on each of the 1,800 objects on display. The Study Area also has an orientation timeline and an area with seating for rest and relaxation.
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Admission to the V&As Medieval & Renaissance Galleries is FREE.
About The Bonita Trust
The Bonita Trust is a philanthropic trust established under Gibraltar law in 2004 by a subsidiary of PartyGaming Plc, prior to its London Stock Exchange flotation in 2005.
Bonita has focused the majority of its community grant-making in the United Kingdom, India, Israel, and Gibraltar and has since inception, donated over £7.5million to charities leveraging technology to deliver programmes in the areas of education, health and entrepreneurship working in partnership with communities worldwide. Building on the digital and technology expertise of Bonitas heritage, the Trust works closely with charities on the development of their websites and online communication in order to further their reach and aid their fundraising.