Art & Design: The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Shares Over 1.2 Million Objects as it Revolutionises Digital Access to its Collections
From the V&A in London, UK:
The V&A is launching Explore the Collections, a new digital platform that enables everyone from around the world to search, explore and discover over 1.2m objects from the museum’s collections.
This new online experience forms a key part of the V&A’s goal to revolutionise access to national collections, which will culminate in our new collections and research centre at V&A East –an entirely new cultural experience and the first of its kind in the UK.For the first time, Explore the Collections brings together data, stories, images and content about the museum’s vast and fascinating collection in one place.
With a completely redesigned user experience, it provides a new, fluid and story-led approach, where audiences can search for specific objects or allow the site to recommend content based on their interests
Explore the Collections has launched today in beta, and the platform will be continually developed, updated and enrichedin the coming months, expanding to later include archives and library collections.
New features include autosuggested keywords in the search bar, the ability to filter and map objects that are currently on display in the museum’s physical locations, category tags and a “visual smorgasbord” at the end of every page that links to related objects in the collection.
Direct to Explore the Collections (via V&A)
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