Students reimagine Elizabeth Bay House
SLM curators Joanna Nicholas and Harriet Donnelly worked with UTS lecturer Sarah Jane Jones to develop a design brief for her students. The brief was a digital or physical story-telling and wayfinding experience which communicated ‘finding your way’ to Elizabeth Bay House aimed at 18–35 year old audiences.
A key part of the project was imagining what it would have been like to have lived in this place, communicating the stories and the lives of the people who lived at Elizabeth Bay House. Students also chose to explore the scientific collections of Alexander Macleay, the expedition undertaken by William John Macleay on the Chevert, and the societal, familial and botanical insights offered in the personal correspondence of Fanny (Frances Leonora) Macleay.
At the start of the brief, students were given an in-depth tour of the museum, then provided with written resources, before they went away and worked on their projects. Jo and Harriet visited UTS midway through the project and then again at the end to hear students present their work.
Five students - Aaron Davis, Alexander Woodward, Ji Su Im, Elsa Presslaber, and Cynthia Vu - were invited to The Mint in early June to present their work to senior SLM staff, curators and designers. The final concepts and prototypes presented reflected the highest quality of work and included interactive apps and in-house activities, graphic posters, booklets and environmentally-conscious signage. All presenters demonstrated great understanding, research and engagement with the people and stories of Elizabeth Bay House.
Many thanks to all the participating UTS students involved in this project. We were delighted to be involved in a great tertiary and industry partnership designed to assist students understand the ‘real world’ challenges of being a designer.