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Storytelling memories : a tangible connection to bomber command veterans : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Masters in Design at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand
As we pass the 6oth anniversary of the end of World War Two (WW2)
historians are diligently collecting the memoirs of veterans to preserve
for future generations. Public archives of memorabilia, letters, photos
and artefacts, in the process of digitisation are complimenting the stone
memorials of the past. This material culture of memory discusses
human interaction. “The poor, the rich, the brave and the afraid, the hero
and the deserter” (Moriarty, 1999, p 654).
In contemporary museum culture this digitised information is presented
in either web-based systems, or interactive kiosks. However, this approach
to packaging memories and historical data often leaves out much of the
depth of the topic information, skimming the surface of the knowledge
New solutions to memory and artefact display have been developed
effectively in the Churchill room’s exhibit designed by Small Design
(Kabat,2008) and Memory Miner (Memory Miner, 2008), a home-based
memory archive programme by John Fox. Both convey the memories
and artefacts upon a mapped interface, using our desire to discover and
connect with memories to navigate the narrative in a self-guided format.
The Storytelling Memories project seeks to build on current research to
formulate an interactive platform of memory immersion and experience
within a museum environment. The project utilises a touch sensitive
surface as an interface between the viewer and the memories. A physical
controller, when placed near the interface surface will “unlock” contained
memories, enabling an open-ended storytelling experience. The design
encourages the user to interact directly with the memories to create their
own dialogue, with the intention of developing a more emotive, personal
connection to the Veteran.