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Lanchester Interactive Archive


Heritage Lottery Fund



Project team

Jacqueline Cawston, Cathryn Thompson-Goodwin, Jennifer Shufflebotham, Paul Henderson.

Project objectives

The project has created a "Lanchester Interactive Archive Space" within the Lanchester Library, following the first phase, which saw the formalisation and realisation of plans for how the space would look and operate. The LIA Space, opened April 2017, will encourage learning through fun, with displays showing highlights of the collection and digital interactive games and resources. Refurbishment works undertaken in the library created a dedicated, glass-fronted space within the library to house the LIA Space. The space is open to the public seven days a week (Mon- Fri 10-5, and Sat/Sun 10-4). 

Research impact

Beginning in 2017, a wide-reaching outreach programme will target schools, community groups and special interest groups, based on the principles of broadening participation and inspiring learning through fun. A series of invention workshops will encourage young people and adults to think about engineering in a new light and to develop new skills. A 'pop up' exhibition takes the project out into the community, providing a taster of the collection, the digital archive and the interactive elements of the project.

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