Culture Hack: Inventive City 2012

What was it?

In December 2012, Caper teamed up with A New Direction to host a day-long  Culture Hack for heritage collections at the newly opened Google Campus. Professionals from museums and archives were introduced to creative technologists to explore the ways in which technology could open up London’s cultural opportunities for the city’s young people. Ideas were pitched to a select band of funders, including the British Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The day aimed to spark debate between museums, libraries and heritage, education and technology sectors, to increase understanding of the potential crossovers between these worlds and to generate the first stages of some new ideas. After some short inspirational talks from technologists and artists, participants worked together in teams to develop new ideas that would celebrate and open-up the museums’ assets. Once these were established, the teams created paper prototypes that further explored the concepts and illustrated potential user journeys.


A mixture of museum, library and archive staff attended. Institutions represented included British Library, British Museum, Design Museum, Dulwich Picture Gallery, English Folk Dance & Song Society, Foundling Museum, Geffrye Museum, Hormiman Museum, Imperial War Museum, Iniva, Museum of London, Royal Institution of Great Britain and the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

The creative technologists present were Martin Belam (Emblem), Leila Johnston (Final Bullet), Francesca Panetta (The Guardian, Phantom Productions), Becky Stewart (Codasign), James Darling and Alexandra Rowse (Coney).


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