War of 1812
The Canadian War Museum and bv02 worked closely to create a web footprint that accurately translates the in-museum experience to web audiences across devices.
1812 is a unique traveling exhibition curated by the Canadian War Museum to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. It showcases four historical perspectives on this pivotal event: U.S., British, Canadian and Native American. Such an engaging exhibition requires an equally immersive web presence, one that would extend the visitor’s experience and the exhibition’s reach as it traveled across Canada.
With this in mind, the Canadian War Museum and bv02 worked closely to create a web footprint that accurately translates the in-museum experience to a variety of web audiences, including students, educators, history enthusiasts and the general public, regardless of their level of access to the physical exhibit. This was particularly important, given the Canadian War Museum’s goal of ensuring its accessibility to all Canadians.
The online exhibition was developed using a responsive design and framework, which ensures that the content is clearly presented regardless of the device or size of screen used to access the website. Visitors accessing the website from a mobile device are therefore assured of a positive interaction from any mobile web browser. The website is designed to be device agnostic to account for any new devices that come to market during the exhibition’s four-year traveling schedule.
Through its content, design and accessibility, the 1812 online exhibition offers museum visitors and remote users alike the opportunity to learn about and engage in one of the most significant periods in Canada’s history. For years to come, it will be encouraging Canadians, regardless of their location, to reflect on their place in these events.