A fresh look at collection data

by Adam Milford – Learning Officer (Site Interpretation)

We recently asked Plymouth University’s first year Graphic Communication with Typography students to take a look at some of our data for our Stories from the Stores exhibition. The students have just undertaken a module on Information Graphics, so what better way to work with than thousands of objects-worth of information from our Social History collection?

I had to choose 5 of the resulting 32 graphics to be included on this blog – not an easy task! Below, in no particular order, are my choices:

Nicole Mackey

Nicole Mackey

James Deane

James Deane

Oliver Eskriett

Oliver Eskriett

Hope Gardner

Hope Gardner

Tom Skinner

Tom Skinner

Each of the 32 had their own particular take on the data. Some, like Nicole and Oliver took the conservation needs of our objects, and converted them into graphs that now allow us to see the proportion of our objects that need attention. Hope used the data relating to our collection of bottles, while James and Tom looked at the data for all our objects together.

For all 32 images, please have a look at our Flickr site, where they have all been collected together. Throughout the exhibition, you’ll also be able to see them on one of our foyer screens.

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