|British Library||Front End and Formative Evaluation of a new exhibition and online programme at the British Library|
|The British Library is developing an Exhibition entitled ‘Taking Liberties: The Struggle for Britain’s Freedom & Rights’. The exhibition aims, through the interpretation of 900 years of British history and iconic documents, to improve visitors’ awareness of political rights and responsibilities in British society today, encourage debate about the contestability of rights and foster social and political engagement. The visitor is invited to take a personal journey back in time and to answer questions constructed around issues of rights on various themes – questions relating to current affairs and issues that concern us today.
The exhibition is set within a context where issues of cohesion, diversity and identity have moved to the centre of public debate. There is confusion over what Britishness is and how confidently Britain can explain itself and its place in the world. The exhibition will set the context for a forthcoming public consultation led by the Ministry of Justice on devising a ‘British set of values’, a new ‘Bill of Rights’ and a possible written British constitution.
In March 2008 we were commissioned to carry out a formative evaluation of the proposed exhibition to test ideas for the visitor experience including a learning programme for teachers and students.