Millions of personal stories from the First World War

Lives of the First World War, created for Imperial War Museums (IWM), tells the stories of individuals from across Britain and the Commonwealth who experienced the Great War in uniform, working on the

Collections tell their own stories

Created for CultureNL, including the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, CultureNL Museums showcases 27,000 unique objects relating to the industrial and social history of the North Lanarksh

Celebrating heritage in the South West

The South West Heritage Trust (SWHT) is an independent charity composed of three museums and two archive services. Together they tell the remarkable story of Somerset, Devon and the South West. The ma

Britain’s most famous World War II fighter station

‘Inspiring generations, remembering the Few and honouring the Many’, the Biggin Hill Memorial Museum opened in January 2019. A collaboration led by Bromley Council and Biggin Hill Memorial Museum

Life in a First World War prisoner-of-war camp

The history of Raikeswood Camp, a First World War prisoner-of-war (POW) camp, can now be accessed through the website Surface Impression created for Craven Museum. This user-focused website includes s

The inspiring history of Canadian theatre

The Theatre Museum of Canada is unique, not only because it has yet to become a bricks and mortar institution (it is already under construction!). It has a collection focused on the history of the Can

Accessible heritage for visually impaired visitors

We launched the Sensing Culture website in summer 2018 to showcase the HLF funded accessible heritage project led by The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), who worked with four museums

One of the best small museums in Canada

Kettle River Museum is a regional museum located in the heart of Boundary Country in Canada, where visitors can delve into the history of the Kettle River Valley. We worked with Kettle River to design

The largest seaborne invasion in world history

Ahead of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in 2019, this Heritage Lottery Fund project from Portsmouth City Council transformed the original D-Day Museum, revealing the rich stories of the largest seabor

A digital museum of modern nature

Surface Impression designed and developed Sharing Nature, a digital resource for the Wellcome Collection’s A Museum of Modern Nature exhibition. Members of the public were invited to share photo

The collection of a beheaded king reunited in 3D

This project is centred on a 3D digital reconstruction of the 17th century private galleries of King Charles I at Whitehall Palace in London, and what became the Lost Collection of Charles I after the

Historical musical instruments from UK museums

The MINIM-UK project saw over 20,000 historic instruments from national museums such as the British Museum, V&A, and the Science Museum digitized and gathered into a database by specialist catalog

A hidden collection up close in 3D

An in-gallery interactive was produced to unlock a hidden collection at the Sedgwick Museum. By opening up a formerly perplexing corner of the galleries, it gives visitors access to one of the earlies

Curious and compelling objects

Museum Crush is a project from independent arts charity Culture24. It is dedicated to helping the public to explore the rich treasures held by thousands of UK museums. As well as compelling narra

Art and heritage in a seaside city

Brighton & Hove’s Royal Pavilion and Museums consists of five different venues: a palace, a historic house and three museums. Surface Impression redeveloped the online presence of this mul

Online collections of musical treasures

In 2017, the Royal College of Music Museum (RCM) undertook a project to digitize their collections with a view to moving from a commercial digital library to presenting their collections on their own

Capturing the meaning of museum objects

Since the 1970s the UK-based Collections Trust has been helping museums capture and share the information that gives their objects meaning. Their standards and advice are respected and used around the

Cornish history in photographs

Traditional user interfaces for collections online can be very dull. With a desire to make collections display engaging and focused around images, rather than just data, we approached collections mana

How to take UK culture to China

Collaborating with Culture24, Surface Impression was engaged by the British Council to explore methods to promote content from UK cultural organizations within China. The organizations included the Vi

From fossils to digital

The Jurassic Coast is a 95 mile length of the south coast of England. Awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 2001, the area connects the coast with the broader countryside and its social and