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Science Museum Group offers broadcasting and live streaming capabilities for virtual and hybrid events

The Science Museum Group, which comprises the Science Museum, National Railway Museum, Science and Media Museum, and Locomotion, is now offering broadcasting and live streaming capabilities across each of its five museums situated across the country.

Each of the museums is able to accommodate and manage virtual and hybrid events on-site, with the added option of being able to simultaneously live stream across any of the museums. By offering these capabilities, the group hopes to safeguard against ongoing social distancing guidelines, whilst taking the stress out of organising hybrid or virtual events.

One of the many benefits of hybrid events is the extended reach beyond the current 30-person limit on face-to-face business meetings. As well as the live audience, remote delegates can view and interact with the content, and all delegates can revisit the streamed sessions via video on demand giving longevity and increased engagement to content beyond the live event.

The Science Museum in London will be using its versatile, blank canvas space Illuminate, which features cutting-edge AV technology, for hybrid and virtual events with its technical partner White Light having delivered hundreds of live-streamed events across their portfolio. The versatility of Illuminate’s level 4 and 5 means event hosts, presenters and a live audience [of 30 in total] can be on site, and if greater capacity is required, the four-room Smith Centre can be fully integrated for content relay with a full complement of AV technology installed throughout.

Both the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester and the National Railway Museum in York have recently launched a new, dedicated studio space complete with high-definition screens and a state-of-the-art camera for seamless hybrid and virtual events. The studio allows for a minimal number of presenters and two dedicated technicians are onsite to ensure a seamless live stream for virtual attendees either at home, in another of the museum’s spaces, or even at one of the other museums in the group. The technology found in these studio spaces has also been adapted to be used at the Science and Media Museum in Bradford and Locomotion in County Durham.

Ben Lheureux, Head of Catering & Events, at the Science Museum Group, said: “It is important for us as a group to continue to evolve our event capabilities as we navigate this ‘new normal’. Companies are looking to bring their teams together safely and within the current Government guidelines in order to reboot company cultures and carry out necessary training, so we’re pleased to be able to offer both the option of meetings for up to 30 in our Covid-compliant museums, alongside broadcasting and live streaming capabilities to extend the reach of events.

“Our aim is to help take the stress out of organising hybrid or virtual events with clients able to make use of the cutting-edge technology at each of our museums. By implementing this offering across our group of museums we are also able to provide the opportunity to livestream events across any of our sites for companies who may have staff or delegates located across the country.”