Your support: success stories

Samsung Digital Discovery Centre

Samsung and the British Museum have been working together in partnership since 2009, developing an engaging and innovative digital learning programme through the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre (SDDC) which is offered free to schools and families. This award-winning partnership has transformed the Museum into a world leader in digital learning in museums.

The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre is a state-of-the-art technological hub for children and young people to learn about and interact with the Museum’s collection. Offering the most ambitious and extensive on-site digital learning programme of any UK museum, the SDDC runs 16 different school programmes throughout the academic year and family programmes 52 weekends a year. Since 2009, the SDDC has attracted over 100,000 school students and families.

The SDDC programme regularly evolves to provide new and innovative activities to meaningfully engage the Museum’s young audiences. The programme has experimented with augmented reality and virtual reality technologies. The introduction of teacher-led and self-led sessions has brought the programme out of the Centre into the Museum’s galleries. Live broadcasts from the SDDC into school classrooms around the country enable the programme to reach schoolchildren unable to visit the Museum in Bloomsbury. During the hugely popular Samsung Great Court Games, families use the latest Samsung tablets and mobile phones to play fun and interactive games in the heart of the Museum.

The partnership has been recognised by the following industry awards:

  • 35th annual Arts & Business Awards - Long Term Partnership Award (2014)
  • Mobile Entertainment Awards – Best Augmented Reality Campaign (2014)
  • UK Sponsorship Awards – Best Education and Learning Sponsorship (2015)
  • Leading Cultural Destinations – Winner Best Digital Museum Experience (2017)

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Gold Royal Geographical Society medal

Acceptance in Lieu

Medals awarded to Scott of the Antarctic, acquired through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

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The Museum’s most longstanding corporate partner, supporting the public programme since 1996.

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Curator talk at the Museum

John Lyon’s Charity

A unique project bringing young people and Museum curators together to explore objects.

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Copper alloy radiate of Carausius, AD 286-293

Kenneth Day

A bequest from the estate of the late Mr Kenneth Day to the Department of Coins and Medals.

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White ink drawing based upon the architectural design of muqarnas

Maryam and Edward Eisler

Maryam and Edward Eisler provided significant funding to help the Museum expand its Middle East collection.

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A new building project transforming the way the Museum displays, studies and cares for its collection.

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Silver seal matrix set with a red jasper Roman intaglio showing the emperor Antoninus Pius

Dr John H Rassweiler

Supporting the care, research and public understanding of the museum’s collection of medieval seal matrices.

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Wolfson Foundation

The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation

Supporting accessible learning programmes at the British Museum

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