Have Your Say in New Digital Labels

Published: 24 January 2022

We invite you to share your thoughts and comments to be displayed on new digital labels alongside the museum collections.

Leicester Museums & Galleries are offering an exciting opportunity for you share your thoughts and comments on a selection of museum collections that are part of the public display at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery. Your views will be shown on new ‘digital labels’ alongside each object for people to read during their museum visit.

The project, funded by Arts Council England, looks to bring new voices to Leicester’s Museums & Galleries and gives you, the public, the chance to offer an ‘alternative interpretation’ for selected museum objects and to share your own stories and reactions within the museum galleries.

You can read more about the digital labels in our news story here, where they were used in the temporary Painting Freedom exhibition to show the local Gujarati community’s thoughts and reactions to Indian artwork.

Now we would like to bring these digital labels to the permanent collections, and we would love to hear from you!

An example of a digital label in a recent exhibition.
An example of a digital label in a recent exhibition.

How to get involved

If you would like to be involved, take some time to have a look at the 10 museum objects in the picture gallery below and then let us know what you think about some of them.

All of the objects are on display at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery if you would like to take a closer look.

You will find them marked with this label:

 

What objects can you write about?

The ten museum objects selected for you to talk about are:

Wild Space Gallery:

    • Dodo model

Victorian Gallery:

    • St Paul’s, London, Henry Dawson (1811–1878)
      Oil on canvas, c1860
    • Mrs Matthew Mitchell and her children Matthew and Anne, Thomas Hudson (1701 – 1779)
      Oil on canvas, painted about 1756-58
    • Danseuse en Arabesque (Dancer in Arabesque), Edgar Degas (1834 – 1917)
      Bronze, cast in 1919 – 21 from wax original
    • The Battle of Bosworth Field, William Bass (1785 – 1864)
      Oil on canvas, 1839

German Expressionism Gallery:

    • Messiah, Ernst Neuschul (1895 – 1968)
      Oil painting, 1919
    • Black Mother, Ernst Neuschul (1895 – 1968)
      Oil on canvas, 1931

Life and Death in Ancient Egypt Gallery:

    • Coffin of Pa-nesit-tawy
      600BC – Probably Thebes
      Upper Egypt, Wood, paint
      Mummy of an unnamed woman
      Date and excavation unknown
      Human remains, linen, resin
    • Bakery Model
      11th – 12th Dynasty – Beni Hassan, Middle Egypt (Tomb 1 of Antef)
      Wood, gesso, paint
    • Selection of Ancient Egyptian Jewellery (3 gallery images)
      including Faience beaded broad collar necklace

What should you write?

You can write about just one object or more, and it can include anything about your opinions, reactions, feelings or memories about each of the works.

Here are some points for you to think about:

  • What is the object saying and what does it mean to you?
  • How does it make you feel?
  • Does it remind you of anything?

Where to submit your comments:

Please email your comments (up to 100 words for each object), also including your name and age, to museums@leicester.gov.uk.

You can also submit your views to us using this online form.

We will then be in touch to let you know when your comments can be viewed in the museum galleries! We look forward to hearing from you.

Museum Objects Gallery