Digital Tools in the Service of Difficult Heritage

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All three of the museums we are working with were involved in the original AHRC ‘Cultural Value’ project ‘Experiencing the Digital World’. Currently, they are each redeveloping their digital strategies, in the light of the original project’s research findings, with the aims of broadening the demographic range of their visitors and seeking new and better ways to engage visitors, particularly in the exploration of ‘difficult’ histories, challenging subjects and traumatic experiences.

This follow-on funding project will allow our partners to achieve these aims, ensuring that they realize the full impact potential of the original project in a way that could not be attained on their own. Moreover, it will generate synergies with other areas of expertise within the academic team, not explicitly invoked in the original project, that will significantly enhance its reach in ways that had not previously envisaged.

Science Museum Group The Science Museum is looking to work with disabilities support groups on an exhibition about the impact of the First World War on our understanding of disability and mental illness.
National Holocaust Centre Logo The National Holocaust Centre is currently focused on working with ethnically-diverse groups of primary-school children to explore the legacy of the Holocaust in contemporary debates on social discrimination and prejudice.
Thackray-museum-logo The Thackray Medical Museum is developing a new exhibition on childbirth and its attendant risks, which it wishes to be informed by the experience of its visitors.



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