Regional Workshop - North East

Ryhope Engines Museum

Thursday 24th May 2018

A prime example of Victorian engineering, this former steam pumping station near Sunderland is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Independent, part-time, and volunteer-led, they won development funding from the Community Foundation's Green Scheme Development Fund and installed an Info-Point system in 2015. The museum is hosting this half-day workshop to present the advantages, limitations, and practicalities of using a visitor’s own mobile device (BYOD) for interpretation. Several case examples will be presented and discussed, including new approaches to accessibility, location technologies, and facilitating donations. The workshop will be followed by a special tour, both real and virtual, with the engines in steam.  See:

What will I learn?

Aimed at non-technical heritage managers and interpreters, the workshop is intended to give you a good grasp of the range and nature of possibilities of mobile digital interpretation, and some practical experience from live demonstration and first-hand case stories. Although sponsored by Info-Point (, the aim is to be objective and informative, and inclusive of all the technologies, in order to enable you to make well-informed decisions on what mobile digital technology might be appropriate for your projects, and might even count as part of a CPD programme.


Complete the form below and check out using Paypal (you don't need a Paypal account, just a credit/debit card). The system will email an invoice/receipt, and we will confirm your place. Alternatively contact us and we can invoice for payment by bank transfer. The nominal fee of £60 including VAT covers the workshop, accompanying book, all refreshments, light buffet lunch, and tour. Places are limited to 30 and must be booked in advance. There is ample parking at the venue, which is well signposted.

Previous workshop attendees have said…

‘Just seeing the scope of the technology and hearing how content can be developed for it was useful. The case studies/experiences were good.’

‘...I also appreciated both having a greater understanding now of how this could work for my clients as well as the 'real user' insights’

‘It's really useful to know more about some of the projects that are going on and indeed get an insight into the issues and challenges arising and ways in which different organisations are tackling them.’

‘I thought that the degree of technical information was about right. I noticed that the explanation of the wi-fi donut was well received and gave everyone a clearer understanding of how the signal actually works.  The BYOD explanation was also well received I felt by everyone who was unfamiliar with the concept.’

‘The case studies were good as they showed both positive and negative aspects so together they both made a good balanced presentation of the product.’

‘...a realistic representation of what sites can achieve in the short term (that is future-proofed) was very useful.’

‘ was informative without being overly techy.’

‘I'd like to say how useful I found the morning and how enjoyable it was. I thought that the balance between technical info and case histories was about right.’

‘Many thanks for the seminar which was well put together, and it was really good having such knowledgeable speakers - not your average non-techie salesman!’

‘..overall I found the workshop very good...I don’t think I found a least useful part, or part that wasn’t useful’

£60.00 (VAT inclusive)

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