REM Lincolnshire MuBu

Press Release

 14 December 2010

For Immediate Release

 Lincolnshire Museums embrace the power of the digital network

Nine Lincolnshire museums are attracting visitors with digital projects by taking part in a groundbreaking initiative known as MuBu.

MuBu gives people across the East Midlands lots of new ways to find out about, be part of and enjoy their local museums with projects like “Out in the Sticks” and “My Woodhall Spa”

“Out in the Sticks” is an exciting photography and oral history project by Lincolnshire County Council and The Collection. Social media, blogging, films and photographs all combine online as a virtual voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people living and working in Lincolnshire. Topics include personal experiences, first crushes, coming out and gay icons. 

“Archive 2010 My Woodhall Spa” is generating a collection of film and images from visitors, museum volunteers and local young people. Films and slide shows include a first person perspective and show the sentimental value that the visitors and local community have for the museum. Submitted films and photographs are being posted onto a range of social sites including Facebook, Flickr and YouTube.

The museums in Lincolnshire hosting MuBu projects are:

Alford Manor House

Project: Access all Areas

Intergenerational project between volunteers (mostly 70+) and young people exploring Alford heritage. Outputs might include a DVD and YouTube extracts. Projects will explore the Lincolnshire dialect and how different generations communicate.

Church Farm Museum

Project: Black to Green

Looking at the change in farming and agriculture from non-carbon, through oil era, and in the future back to a non-carbon basis. A cartoon/film will be produced by students, using the collections to illustrate the changes.  The film is to be launched as part of Skegness’s SO festival.

Doddington Hall

Project: Old, new, mostly borrowed and one blue

Linking with an exhibition of wedding dresses from the collection, local schools will collaborate to run an online competition to design a dress, which will then be made up by the students of Lincoln University.

Heritage Lincolnshire

Project: Local Heritage on line

Using historical sites to engage volunteers from local history groups in the creative digital interpretation of sites. Working with schools to produce an online tool-kit on how to make the most of heritage sites.

Lincolnshire Heritage Forum

Project: The young people’s guide to Lincolnshire museums

Working with V-involved to develop a digitisation project with young people. The Heritage forum will engage young people in creative projects; such as podcasting and film-making. Working across a number of museum sites.

Lincolnshire Life

Project: Fashions from the Past

This project focuses on the 18th Century costume collection held at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. The project will provide an opportunity for wider access to the collection and new interpretation will be developed through audience interaction and utilizing digital technology.

The Collection

Project: Out in the Sticks

A photography and oral history project designed to give a presence and voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) people living and working in Lincolnshire. LGBT individuals and communities appear to be missing from Lincolnshire’s history as there is little evidence available in local museums to illustrate LGBT life.

Trent Vale Partnership

Project: Village uncovered, Marton community heritage

An archaeology project with community involvement. They will work with a local school and the broader community to interpret finds through creative activities such as film-making and creative writing.

Woodhall Spa Cottage

Project: Archive 2010 – My Woodhall Spa

Cross-generational learning with museum volunteers, the U3A and young people creating trails from museum collections of Woodhall Spa images with contemporary views. Training staff and volunteers in using social networking applications and building a strong online presence.



For further information on all these projects visit

 Ends For further information, images and interviews please contact Communications Agency Holland Alexander, on 0116 216 6868.  

 Information for Editors:

  1. For further information, images and interviews please contact Communications Agency Holland Alexander 0116 261 6868
  2. MuBu is a Renaissance East Midlands programme. It supports museums in the provision of activities that link audiences and collections by providing grant funding and a supportive network for training and skills sharing.   The idea behind the programme developed from consultation with audiences, museums and strategic partners, including MLA and Collections Trust. For more information go to:
  3. Renaissance East Midlands – Renaissance is the Museums Libraries and Archives Council’s ground-breaking programme to transform England’s regional museums.