The Petrie Museum has partnered with UCL’s Barlett School of Graduate Studies to test the use of the popular “Like” feature from Facebook and RFID card reader technology in the museum context. The idea is simple: Voice your opinion about important museum issues by swiping your Oyster Card or student ID on the “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” buttons located around the museum.
The power of this approach lies in the ease of communication. It is difficult for museums to collect information from its visitors and visitors rarely have access to museum professionals during their visits. Rather than filling in a lengthy survey or submitting commenting on the museum website, you can communicate using a card and almost everyone has an Oyster Card or office access card.
Voice your opinion about the following issues:
I LIKE the idea of repatriation and believe that museums should return ancient artefacts to their countries of origin upon request
I DON’T LIKE the idea of repatriation because ancient artefacts belong to the world and thus should be on view around the world
I LIKE 3D models of objects because they allow me to see objects in more detail and from different angles
I LIKE the display of human remains because they place human presence at the centre of our view of the past and provide scientific information
I DON’T LIKE the display human remains because they may offend the cultural practices or wishes of the individual’s descendants