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Innovation Season

The Innovation Season was a thought-provoking series of exhibitions and events designed to get Britain thinking about the future, stimulate creativity and celebrate ingenuity. The centrepiece was the Growing Knowledge exhibition , which introduced the latest research tools in a fully interactive environment.

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  • Crowdsourcing sound maps

Two pioneering projects enabled the public to contribute to the Library’s collections using their mobile phones. By April 2011, approximately 1,700 people had contributed recordings of their surroundings to the ambitious UK SoundMap project, which won an award for best use of social media by a public sector organisation. Map Your Voice attracted nearly 1,500 contributions from around the world as part of the Evolving English exhibition.

  • Inventing the 21st Century

The Business & IP Centre staged an exhibition exploring fifteen ingenious British inventions of the first decade of this century. It featured ground-breaking developments ranging from Dyson’s bladeless fan and the Trekinetik K-2 all-terrain wheelchair to a double-headed broom invented by Samuel Houghton when he was three.

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