Manufacturing Pasts: learning about industrial change in twentieth century Britain

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Presented as part of the University of Leicester library conference day on 13 June 2013, this is an overview of the Manufacturing Pasts project of digitising and creating OER learning materials from artefacts of 20th century industrial Britain.

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Manufacturing Pasts: learning about industrial change in twentieth century Britain

  1. 1. www.le.ac.uk/libraryManufacturing Pasts: learning aboutindustrial change in twentiethcentury BritainTerese Bird, Learning Technologist/SCOREResearch FellowLibrary Conference Day, 13 June 2013
  2. 2. Objectives• Increase use and understanding of primaryhistorical sources by students of modern Britishindustrial history• By providing teachers/lecturers with onlineresources which they can easily use and adaptto fit with their teaching
  3. 3. What we did …• Took Leicester as an example of the changingBritish industrial city• Digitised selected photographs, companyrecords, factory plans, newspaperarticles, maps, oral history interviews fromUniversity and Record Office collections andput them online• Created learning resources based on them• Created ‘toolkit’ on how to use the resourcesBenjamin Russell, 1960s
  4. 4. Four themes …• Social life of the factory• The factory & the community• De-industrialisation• Conservation & urban regeneration
  5. 5. http://tinyurl.com/d4u3oc9Making the history accessible
  6. 6. Making the history accessible - how• Created a website ontop of the database• Used social media• Mobile devices• iTunes U
  7. 7. www.le.ac.uk/manufacturingpasts
  8. 8. Manufacturing Pasts on iTunes U
  9. 9. Making the history accessible –to whom• Researchers• Urban Historystudents• College students –extended project• Local community• Local historians• Digital humanitiesscholars
  10. 10. Addressing needs of digital humanities researchersToolkit for researchers:• Using visual sources inhistorical research• Using oral testimony inhistorical research• Provenance, judgmentTools for students &teachers:• Glossary, reference• How to make your own
  11. 11. Powerful examples• Sound clip – ‘It was silent’• Virtual tour: Historic and Industrial Leicester

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