Whilst researching Amy I found out that in 1959 Amy Johnson’s father, J W Johnson had donated many of Amy’s personal items to Sewerby Hall where they remain today as part of a permanent exhibition. New artefacts are regularly added to the collection which also includes a short film about her record breaking flight to Australia. Amy’s connection with Sewerby Hall goes back to 1936 when during a ceremony she officially opened the hall and gardens to the public.
The exhibition tells the story of Amy’s life and achievements through large information boards:
My idea is to have one area of the app which will connect with these boards with questions that the visitor can answer from the information on the boards.
The items within the cabinet are numbered with a list giving details about each item. The information about each item is very limited and does not give a true feel for how it had been used or what it represents.
Larger items are displayed separately throughout the exhibition with a brief description of each item close by.
As part of the app and another idea is to use QR codes so visitors can access more interesting information about each item of memorabilia and engage more with the exhibition.
Other interactive hands on areas of the exhibition already include: