Swing westwards across Canada, stop just before the Rockies and there's Edmonton. A city that hit the big time in the oil boom and home to the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM).
In a $340 million project RAM is moving to a brand new building twice the size of the current museum in a new location as part of a huge city centre revamp.
Lucidity Media spent 18 months providing interpretation planning services to the Human History Galleries team at RAM. Planning 8 new galleries full of audience-focused object-led stories was a big job but a fascinating one.
We worked closely with a team of 25 curators, consultants and researchers to identify key messages, draw up story descriptions which clearly articulate the central narratives, and select the best interpretative method for 180 new displays. Then we prepared detailed script plans, deciding how each element of the interpretation would help tell the story.
First Nations' perspectives are a core part of the interpretion and our work was guided by RAM's extensive ongoing consultation with indigenous communities.