Emotional connections with the past: Exploring engagement with historical images from an online museum collection

Tom Wrigglesworth, Leon Watts

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Abstract

Many museums are taking steps to open their collections to the public online. The motivations for this are varied but raise new questions about how people make connections with the historical past. On the one hand, visitors are presented with forms of artefact other than the tangible content of a physical museum exhibition. On the other, the digitisation of the past brings with it the potential to explore and see the connectedness of museum items that support new forms of sense making for visitors. The idea of a “visitor”, in this context, is similarly taking on a new significance to museums, beyond that of the paying observer, referring to depth and range of knowledge, interests and degrees of engagement with the past.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCultural Heritage Communities
Subtitle of host publicationTechnologies and Challenges
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages132-149
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781315522449
ISBN (Print)9781138697195
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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