We have been involved in a number of initiatives doing this, and have developed a model which uses a combination of online crowdsourcing and targeted engagement/interaction.
Our first project was in 2008
Idea of a community collection - Bridge the gap between non-institutaional pro-ameatures and institutional collections and their online presence. Creation of digital resources by armatures Digitisation of family history and genealogy is very popular – harnessing this power of ameature digitisation - Democratising in nature – accept everything, not selective
Although the events were at least in part for publicity, it showed us how important the personal touch is. People WANT to share, but may not get around to it on their own, or in many cases – lack the resources and knowledge to do it.
Large topic, considerable community OR several communities Personal/family Military history
Roadshows can be done in different ways – this is what we do for the Europeana 1914-1918 project
Stop at Age Ex a little. The have also used the Oxford model, and they are uploading the stories they collect to Europeana. Instead of large ‘roadshows’ they have intense sessions with a few contributors, building a relationship that may lead to future connections and engagement. For example volunteers from Jewish day Knowing your community is important, and choose engagement to work for them.
They have worked with various local communities and run a series of events. Use the events to interact closely with the communities and build links. Sharing online also important, and they are making use of existing platform for online sharing/preservation
Stuart gave some reasons for doing this kind of work, and mention how Objects facilitate (lead to) reinterpretations. For another project, that is central. Age exchange run remisence workshops and theatre influenced by personal triggers and artefacts. They have run a project to collect stories and artefacts from the CHILDREN of the Great War, looking at how the war influenced those who grew up after it.
Reminiscence theatre is historically influenced by personal triggers and artefacts. Scenes played out by the memory giver are often created out of handling and remembering the object. Of course this can relate to image, photograph, and the senses. Many scenes that I have created with older people in care or the community grew from sound or smell. Our Great War production will be different as the scenes will be created from interviews with the 'children' of the War, but many scenes will grow from stories behind personal artefacts brought to the collection days. One example. Martin, brought us the story of his grandmother! a VAD nurse in Belgium at the front. Her story was told through the scrap book of photos of men she had cared for, and personal stories written in it by Belgium troops recovering on her Ward. She cared for a wounded British officer, who before leaving gave her a memento that meant a great deal to him. His brigade had sheltered from artillery fire in a destroyed church. He had taken cover by what was left of the alter. Here he found a crucifix in the rubble. Christ on the cross but with both the arms blown off. So just the body with no arms was left. The officer gave this to Martins Grandmother, and told her that this cross symbolised what the war had become, what it had done to them all, and made them into. Martin brought the cross to show the class of schoolchildren. I know that when we get to August and the theatre production of COTGW, we will put the story of the cross into the play
Interaction w communities Unexpected side-effect: new volunteers. Engagement of a kind – works for community. Important that the community is considered – interaction to fit their needs and abilities. So combination online + events may work for many. Another example is Woruldhord
Collect teaching material re Anglo Saxon. Teaching mtr not only handouts etc but anything of use/interest to teachers and students. No events but project staff offered targeted support, for example helping to digitise printed mtr or upload items.
Many community collections relate to history, but they could also be contemporary, or combine the two.
Community is central, and you need to find the best way to communicate/interact with the people you want to reach.
Create a collection, preserve heritage
Engage an audience Vad leder det till? Ar samlingen eller engagement viktigast?
Happy to talk more about any aspect of this – just get in touch and the team will be happy to hear from you.
Engage audiences and create collections by crowdsourcing community collection: Yvla Berglund Prytz (RunCoCo: University of Oxford)
11 July 2013
Dr Ylva Berglund Prytz
University of Oxford
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Engage audiences and create collections by
crowdsourcing community collections
First World War, teaching Old English,
and recreating the 1989 Baltic Way
These items are from The Great War Archive, University of Oxford (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/gwa)
made available under the JISC Model Licence (use for educational, non-commercial purposes)
@ Janet Mercer
(2008 – UK pilot)
Turkey RunCoCo, University of Oxford