New Digital Labels for Leicester's Museums

Published: 5 October 2021

Leicester Museums & Galleries have recently installed new 'digital labels' in its most recent temporary exhibition; Painting Freedom: Indian Modernism and its Three Rebels.

This new project, funded by Arts Council England, looks to bring new voices into Leicester's museums and galleries. The digital labels are installed alongside 9 selected artworks in the exhibition and on them you can read thoughts and reaction from members of Leicester's local communities.

This exhibition features thoughts and reactions to the artworks from Leicester's Gujarati community, who visited the museum through a partnership with local arts organisation Nupar Arts. The ladies visited the exhibition and were asked to tell us how they felt, or what memories were stirred by certain artworks. These thoughts and memories were captured by the Outreach Team and bought onto gallery through the use of the new digital labels.

One of the labels in the exhibition
One of the labels in the exhibition

Some artworks have multiple label screens which can be viewed using a simple tap of the device to move to the next label. 

The digital labels use e-ink screen, giving them the look of a traditional paper label. This also means they have very low power consumption, running for many weeks from a single battery charge. They are centrally controlled via a website and can be updated remotely with additional text or even images.

Expect to see these digital labels appear in new exhibitions and even alongside some of our permanent collections in the future - look out for them on your next visit to Leicester Museum & Art Gallery.

One of the labels installed with the Painting Freedom exhibition.
One of the labels installed with the Painting Freedom exhibition.