Here at the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (MAA) in Cambridge we are beginning a three year redevelopment of our archaeological galleries, as well as a lot of other bits of the public spaces in the museum. This is very good as our archaeology galleries really needed to be redone, but also as it gives us the opportunity to rethink so many aspects of what we do in our gallery spaces.
One of the ideas that I would like to bounce about is: Why do we still use labels? What I mean by this is not that we should not tell our visitors what an object is, where it comes from, who gave it to us, and what arbitrary number we attached to it, but why does all this information have to continue to clutter up cases? Why can't we give the visitor pertinent contextual information about why the object is in the gallery, and then give them all this other information on-line? Has anyone else experimented with doing this, or something like this?