Exploring History in the Digital World
Exploring History in the Digital World was the second session of History Day 2020.
History Day is a free one-day event that brings together students, researchers and anyone with an interest in history with professionals from libraries, archives and research organisations. This years History Day was held fully online for the first time, and featured numerous live sessions mixed in with pre-recorded content.
Explore libraries, museums, archives and history organisations across the UK through videos, podcasts, blog posts and online exhibitions.
Exploring History in the Digital World bought together libraries, archives and history organisations to showcase their latest digital projects and discuss the impact of the closure of cultural institutions during lockdown. The panel explored the behind the scenes work to make collections available, the engagement of new audiences and how institutions are using this experience to work towards developing a sustainable future for digital history.
- Professor Jane Winters (Professor of Digital Humanities, School of Advanced Study, chair)
- Jonathan Blaney (Head of Digital Projects and British History Online, IHR)
- Dr Katherine Howells (Visual Collections Researcher, The National Archives- Deep Discoveries Project)
- Dr Linda Arnold-Stratford (Head of Liaison and Governance for the Legal Deposit Libraries at The British Library)
- Dr Maria Castrillo (Head of Special Collections and Engagement, Senate House Library)
- Dr Mia Ridge (Digital Curator, Western Heritage Collections, British Library and Co-investigator Living with Machines Project)
This year History Day 2020, was part of the Being Human Festival, the UK’s national festival of the humanities, who's theme for 2020 was New Worlds. In November each year the Being Human Festival brings together universities, museums, galleries, archives, independent research organisations, community and commercial partners to make research in the humanities accessible to non-specialist audiences and demonstrate its relevance to our everyday lives.
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