“Our new online-first strategy will make the history of insurance available to all, any time”, says Jonathan Squirrell, who’s leading the development of The Insurance Museum’s first Virtual Gallery.
Lockdown changed our plans. The Insurance Museum remains committed to telling the story of the history of insurance to inspire audiences from inside the sector and out through a physical museum in the heart of the City of London. Before that museum can be occupied, we will increase our reach by going virtual.
A series of virtual galleries, focused on the stories from the objects and documents in our collection will deliver a visitor experience like no other. Guided Tours will include high-end 3-D photography of the items in our collection, creating a dynamic and interactive experience. Each theme and object will be brought to life with motion graphics, narration, video, and even games. Visitors will explore the topics in depth, investigate original documents close up, and test their knowledge through interactive challenges.
Insurance professionals will even be able to earn Chartered Insurance Institute CPD points with a Virtual Gallery visit!
The Fire Insurance Gallery is currently in development. It begins with the Great Fire of London in 1666, which ignited Britain’s property insurance market. It concludes with the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in 2017, and that conflagration’s impact on the insurance sector.
Other virtual galleries will tell the stories of Motor Insurance, Lloyd’s of London, Brokers, Marine Insurance, Life & Health protection, and Technology & Innovation. The Fire Gallery will be launched in early 2022. We will keep you updated with developments, along with anything exciting we discover along the way.
If your company would like to become the named sponsor of a gallery, or sponsor a room, theme, game, or other element within it, please email FireGallerySponsor@insurancemuseum.uk. If you’d like to contribute to the entirety of the Insurance Museum, you can donate here.