Laying down the groundwork.

In an extension to the blog post on the 12 April, we have defined the key themes, interpretive aims and objectives for the Ivory Bangle Lady project a

At the outset of any project Imagemakers get involved with we spend a good amount of time defining the aims and objectives of the project. This is such a useful exercies to make sure all members of the team are moving in the same direction and no effort is wasted on elements that are not adding to the main objectives.

Themes in interpretation express the underlying ideas that are being communicated. They represent the connecting thoughts that should be left in the minds of the audience.

The three themes outlined for the interpretation are:

  1. The story of the Ivory Bangle Lady reveals that Roman York may have been as multi-cultural as today and that assumptions that immigrants were low status, males slaves may not have been the case.
  2. The study of human remains is an important and relevant science and the public display of such artefacts should be promoted.
  3. Archaeology is not all about history, cutting-edge scientific techniques are used to discover and assess human remains and artefacts.

The first theme is the direct and main and the second are cross-cutting themes. 


In addition to the themes specific interpretive objectives are broken down into three main categories:

Learning objectives
As a result of the project, visitors will learn about:

(L1) The story of the Ivory Bangle Lady (the themes);

(L2) The reasons behind studying human remains ;

(L3) The science behind archaeology.


Behavioural objectives
As a result of the project, visitors will:

(B1) Be able to use their mobile devices to explore the IBL;

(B2) Be able to continue their experience after their visit;

(B3) Be able to interact with other visitors during their visit;

(B4) Recommend their friends to visit the Yorkshire Museum.


Emotional objectives
As a result of the project, visitors will feel:

(E1) A greater sense of who the Ivory Bangle Lady was;

(E2) Able to contemplate the wider implications of the IBL story;

(E3) A greater appreciation of human remains as more than just a gruesome spectacle;

(E4) An appreciation of the relevance of archaeology in modern life;

(E5) Inspired to consider taking more time to learn about archaeology.


Both Chris and Stephany at Exeter University have found the process of defining all their research and ideas down into this concise format very enlightening. It now enables us to use the above objectives ato evaluate every creative idea suggested. 

Talking of creative ideas, that’s what’s coming next.