Reflector augments lessons, using a tactile, movement activated internet-connected object to reveal stories behind rare artefacts. Photos, images and fragments of text emerge from the device at intervals, emulating the sense of discovering accompanying an archaeological dig. It’s a non-screen activity that students can use to create their own opinions or conclusions about the histories behind objects.

The project considers how connected devices might open up new ways to contemplate and share the stories embodied in a collection of rare archaeological objects associated with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and is a collaboration between University of Bristol archaeologists Mark Horton and Alex Bentley, and Design Week top 100 agency, Uniform.