The Life and Works of WB Yeats at the National Library of Ireland.
“One of the most important literary exhibitions yet staged internationally. The exhibition is sophisticated, atmospheric and above all accessible...a near- definitive exploration.”
The Irish Times
The multi-award winning exhibition of the National Library’s unique collection of W. B. Yeats papers, manuscripts, volumes and memorabilia includes innovative multimedia interfaces that weave together the collection, influences and life story of Ireland’s greatest poet.
The centerpiece of the first gallery is ‘Verse and Vision’, a 270-degree wrap-around digital projection space that immerses visitors in the poet’s words and the events, people and landscapes that inspired them. New poems and imagery are added on a regular basis.
Interactive touchscreens beside each case of artifacts in the exhibition allow the visitor to examine each object in more detail. As well as viewing each object on the shelves, the screens also contain ‘virtual shelves’.
These virtual shelves allow the Library to display other artifacts that relate to those in the physical case. Nearly 250 artifacts are on display inside the environmental cases in the exhibition; the virtual shelves allow the Library to display a further 2000 artifacts digitally.
The touch screens link all objects to a digital timeline layered with essays and images on Yeats’ life, contacts ￼ ￼and influences. Visitors can scroll through the timeline from any screen, exploring the poet’s life whenever it feels appropriate.
The entire exhibition has been re-created on the NLI’s website (www.nli.ie). This affords the same interactive access to all objects, display cabinets, audiovisuals and the timeline database, as the real exhibition. The virtual exhibition will ensure indefinite public access to the WB Yeats collection.
EMYA Nominated for European Museum of the Year 2009
AHI Interpret Britain and Ireland Award Winner 2006
Digital Media Award Grand Prix 2nd Prize
Digital Media Award Business to Consumer Innovation
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