The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites

1st Edition

Edited by Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith, Dirk vom Lehn, Steven Cooke


512 pages | 114 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138581296
pub: 2019-11-25
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The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites presents a fascinating picture of the ways in which today's cultural institutions are undergoing a transformation through innovative applications of digital technology.

Including both long chapters and shorter case studies, this volume brings to life the vital discourse between academia and new practice in these rapidly evolving fields, whilst also juxtaposing a range of accessible theoretical frameworks with cutting-edge design and practice. Contributors to the volume interrogate how their projects are extending the traditional reach and engagement of institutions through virtual and digital practices that forge transformative connections and new hybrid porosities between collections, knowledge and civic societies and spaces. As a result, the chapters present refreshingly new ideas on the production of culture in the post-digital age, while also considering how the design and deployment of digital media is transforming the way we engage with culture, its producers and its custodians.

Bringing together the experience of some of today's most innovative cultural institutions and thinkers, the Handbook provides insights into the exciting challenges and opportunities now facing the cultural sector. As such, it should be essential reading for academics, students and professionals working the fields of museum studies and curatorship, libraries and archives, heritage, digital humanities, digital art and creativity, architecture, human-computer interaction and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


Interview with Seb Chan, ACMI

Seb Chan, Hannah Lewi and Wally Smith

Interview with Dave Patten, Science Museum London

David Patten, Dirk vom Lehn and Wally Smith

Interview with Rory Hyde, V&A Museum

Rory Hyde, Dirk vom Lehn and Wally Smith

Interview with Keir Winesmith, SFMOMA

Keir Winesmith, Hannah Lewi and Wally Smith



Digitizations, users and curatorial agency within complex global machinic jurisdictions

Fiona Cameron

The distributed museum: the flight of cultural authority and the multiple times and spaces of the art museum

Andrew Dewdney

The distributed museum is already here–it’s just not very evenly distributed

Ed Rodley

Speculative Collections and the Emancipatory Library

Bethany Nowviskie

Chinese Museums’ Digital Heritage Profile: An Evaluation of Digital Technology Adoption in Cultural Heritage Institutions

Andrew White and Eugene Ch'ng

Hacking heritage: understanding the limits of online access

Tim Sherratt

From Planned Oblivion to Digital Exposition: The Digital Museum of Afro-Brazilian Heritage

Livio Sansone

Shared Digital Experiences Supporting Collaborative Meaning-Making at Heritage Sites

Sara Perry, Maria Roussou, Sophia S. Mirashrafi, Akrivi Katifori, and Sierra McKinney



Neither A Beginning Nor An End: Applying An Ethics of Care to Digitizing Archival Collections in South Asia

Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor

Digital Archives in Africa and the Endangered Archives Programme Graeme Counsel

The Alan Vaughan-Richards Archive: recovering tropical modernism in Lagos.

Ola Uduku

Museum Crowdsourcing—Detecting the Limits: and the Digitisation of Letters Addressed to Edvard Munch

Joanna Iranowska

Digital and hybrid archives: a case study of the William J Mitchell collection

Thomas Kvan, Peter Neish and Naomi Mullumby

Preserving Chinese Shadow Puppetry Culture Through Digitisation

Tin-Kai Chen

Be Engaged: Facilitating Creative Re-use at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

Gregory Markus, Maarten Brinkerink, Brigitte Jansen

Cultural Antinomies, Creative Complicities: Agan Harahap's Digital Hoaxes

Alexandra Moschovi and Alexander Supartono



On Virtual Auras: The Cultural Heritage Object in the Age of 3D Digital Reproduction

John Hindmarch, Melissa Terras and Steve Robson

Configuring Slow Technology Through Social and Embodied Interaction: Making Time for Reflection in Augmenter Reality Museum Experiences with Young Visitors

Areti Galani and Rachel Clarke

Exhibition Design and Professional Theories: the Development of an Astronomy Exhibition

Dirk vom Lehn, Kate Sang, Richard Glassborow and Louise King

Meeting the Challenge of the Immoveable: Experiencing Mogao Grottoes Cave 45 With Immersive Technology

Jeffrey Levin, Robert, Checchi, Lori Wong, Garson Yu and Edwin Baker

Immersive Engagement: Designing and Testing a Virtual IRS Exhibition

Adam Muller

Hemispheres: transdisciplinary architectures and museum-university collaboration

Sarah Kenderdine

Digital Media and Human-Centred Design

Indigo Hanlee

Unlocking the Glass Case

Peter Higgins

The law of feeling: experiments in a Yolngu museology

Paul Gurrumuruway and Jennifer Deger

Henry VR: designing affect-oriented virtual reality exhibitions for art museums

Paula Dredge, Anne Gerard-Austin, Simon Ives and Andrew Yip

Website as publishing platform

Tim Jones and David Simpson

From the Shelf onto the Net: First Reflections on the O’Donnell Marginalia Project

Julia Kuehns

Interpreting the Future

Tony Holzner



What Could Have Bean? A Digital Construction of Charles Bean’s Australian War Memorial

Anthea Gunn

Succession: A Generative Approach to Digital Collections

Mitchell Whitelaw

Rephotography and the Situating of Then-and-Now

Hannah Lewi and Andrew Murray

Hospicio Cabañas: Seeing World Heritage Through Google’s Eyes

Cristina Garduno Freeman

The Experience of Using Digital Walking Tours to Explore Urban Histories

Wally Smith, Dirk Vom Lehn, Hannah Lewi, Katie Best and Dora Constantinidis

Traces—Olion: Creating a Bilingual ‘Subtlemob’ for National Museum Wales

Sara Huws, Alison John, Jenny Kidd

Investigating ‘Ordinary’ Landscapes: Using Visual Research Methods to Understand Heritage Digital Technologies and Sense of Place

Steven Cooke and Dora Constantinidis

Massive Digital Community Archives in Colombia: An International Partnership Towards Peace

Diego Merizalde and Jon Voss

Mapping an Archive of Emotions: Place, Memory and the Affective Histories of Perth’s Riverscape

Alicia Marchant


Andrea Witcomb


About the Editors

Wally Smith is an Associate Professor in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Melbourne, investigating the design and use of new digital technologies and their broader social foundations and implications. Recent projects are in the areas of health informatics, digital heritage, and artificial intelligence.

Hannah Lewi is a Professor in the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne. She has broad research interests in architecture history, heritage, conservation and new media.

Dirk vom Lehn is Reader in Organisational Sociology at the King’s Business School, King’s College London, and member of the Work, Interaction & Technology Research Group (WIT). His research is primarily concerned with the ways in which people explore, respond to and make sense of exhibits and exhibitions.

Steven Cooke is a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Heritage and course director for the Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Programme at Deakin University, Melbourne. He is a cultural and historical geographer with interests in heritage, memory and identity.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / Museum Studies
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / Archives & Special Libraries
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology