Public Engagement

The 3D Printing exhibition and research has attracted much interest resulting in it being the National Centre for Craft & Design’s second most successful exhibition, with 15,043 visitors (63% aged 65 years or over).

While the exhibition was open various media covered the research including:

  • The Melvyn in the Morning radio programme (BBC Radio Lincolnshire) was hosted live on 30th January 2017 (from 9am – 12 noon) in the exhibition and NCCD cafe. This resulted in over 229 people visiting that morning as a direct result of the radio show, with some visitors travelling over two hours.
  • Professor Anne Chick, Bryony Windsor (Head of Exhibitions, NCCD), and Claire Lawrence (Regional Director, RNIB Midlands Regional Office) appeared on BBC Look North on 4th February 2017. They discussed the research and the exhibition.

A KS2 resource pack was produced to assist teachers to connect the exhibition content to various subject curricula. Click here to download this resource.

The exhibition was well received by colleges, school teachers and pupils resulting in:

  • 217 children from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire school and college visited.
  • The pupils had curator tours and ‘Looking at Looking’ drawing workshops (7th February – 30th March 2017).
  • The LIGHTS Festival at the University of Lincoln (29th September 2017). The expo had over 320 children (ranging in age from 6 – 14 years old), as well as families and retired visitors visiting a mini version of the 3D Printing exhibition. Professor Anne Chick hosted this exhibition with talks and a range of hands-on activities designed to explain the inclusive exhibition design and curation research.

In addition:

  • 54 people with sight loss and other impairments experienced the exhibition and provided really valuable feedback, including how the exhibition could be improved.
  • 1452 verbal and written respondents were collected on the NCCD exhibition.