Historic artefacts re-created for the contactless era

Historic artefacts re-created for the contactless era

Scotland's National Trust has embedded contactless technology into replicas of a couple of its most important artefacts in a bid to halt a slide in cash donations at two of its historic locations.

The replicas include a 200-year-old bust of Robert Burns at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Ayrshire, and a historical painting of Colonel William Gordon at Fyvie Castle in Aberdeenshire.

The new artefacts come with a few tweaks for the modern era, including a hand with an in-built contactless device created on a plinth next to the Burns bust.

Re-mastered using 18th Century brushstrokes, the pastiche of Pompeo Batoni's painting at Fyvie Castle has been updated to depict the goddess Roma holding a contactless card and swashbuckler Gordon bradishing a contactless reader.

The Trust collaborated with Visa and Bank of Scotland on the project, which may offend heritage hard-liners, but was deemed an inevitable upgrade with fewer people carrying cash to tip into donation boxes.

Chief executive, Simon Skinner says: ‘Like all charities, we face a significant fundraising challenge as cash donations have fallen sharply in recent years. This initiative could not come at a more crucial time and will enable us to accept contactless donations at our sites for the first time.’

Comments: (3)

David Gyori
David Gyori - BANKING REPORTS, LONDON - London 11 October, 2018, 14:25Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I love this! 

Steve Ellis
Steve Ellis - Finextra Research - London 11 October, 2018, 14:561 like 1 like

Agreed. 10/10 for creativity.

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 12 October, 2018, 09:051 like 1 like

Golden! Have seen charities do this now on the streets - certainly increasing donations once again.