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.

With a strong focus on digital design practice, the volume captures the vital discourse between curators, exhibition designers, historians, heritage practitioners, technologists and interaction designers from around the world. Contributors interrogate how their projects are extending the traditional reach and engagement of institutions through digital designs that reconfigure the interplay between collections, public knowledge and civic society.

Bringing together the experiences of some of today’s most innovative cultural institutions and thinkers, the Handbook provides refreshingly new ideas and directions for the exciting digital challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. As such, it should be essential reading for academics, students, designers and professionals interested in the production of culture in the post-digital age.

chapter |12 pages


ByHannah Lewi, Wally Smith, Steven Cooke, Dirk vom Lehn

part |2 pages

Framing interviews

chapter 1|8 pages

Interview with Seb Chan

BySeb Chan, Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith

chapter 2|12 pages

Interview with Dave Patten

ByDavid Patten, Dirk vom Lehn, Wally Smith

chapter 3|7 pages

Interview with Rory Hyde

ByRory Hyde, Dirk vom Lehn, Wally Smith

chapter 4|11 pages

Interview with Keir Winesmith

ByKeir Winesmith, Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith

part I|2 pages

The emerging global digital GLAM sector

chapter 6|13 pages

The networked image

The flight of cultural authority andthe multiple times and spaces ofthe art museum
ByAndrew Dewdney

chapter 7|11 pages

The distributed museum isalready here

It’s just not very evenly distributed
ByEd Rodley

chapter 8|11 pages

Speculative collections and the emancipatory library

ByBethany Nowviskie

chapter 9|13 pages

Digital heritage profile inChina’s museums

An evaluation of digital technology adoption in cultural heritage institutions
ByAndrew White, Eugene Ch’ng

chapter 10|15 pages

Hacking heritage

Understanding the limits of online access
ByTim Sherratt

chapter 11|12 pages

From planned oblivion to digital exposition

The digital museum of Afro-Brazilian heritage
ByLivio Sansone

chapter 12|14 pages

Shared digital experiences supporting collaborative meaning-making at heritage sites

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

part II|2 pages

Animating the archive

chapter 13|10 pages

Neither a beginning nor an end

Applying an ethics of care to digital archival collections
ByMichelle Caswell, Marika Cifor

chapter 14|9 pages

Digital archives in Africa and the Endangered Archives Programme

ByGraeme Counsel

chapter 15|10 pages

The Alan Vaughan-Richards archive

Recovering tropicalmodernism in Lagos
ByOla Uduku

chapter 16|11 pages

Museum crowdsourcing—detecting the limits

eMunch.no and the digitisation of letters addressed to Edvard Munch
ByJoanna Iranowska

chapter 17|11 pages

Digital and hybrid archives

A case study of the William J. Mitchell collection
ByThomas Kvan, Peter Neish, Naomi Mullumby

chapter 18|9 pages

Preserving Chinese shadow puppetry culture through digitisation

ByTin-Kai Chen

chapter 19|8 pages

Be engaged

Facilitating creative re-use at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision
ByGregory Markus, Maarten Brinkerink, Brigitte Jansen

chapter 20|14 pages

Cultural antinomies, creative complicities

Agan Harahap’s digital hoaxes
ByAlexandra Moschovi, Alexander Supartono

part III|2 pages

Designing engaged experience

chapter 21|14 pages

On virtual auras

The cultural heritage object in the age of 3D digital reproduction
ByJohn Hindmarch, Melissa Terras, Stuart Robson

chapter 22|13 pages

Configuring slow technology through social and embodied interaction

Making time for reflection in augmented reality museum experiences with young visitors
ByAreti Galani, Rachel Clarke

chapter 23|13 pages

Exhibition design and professional theories

The development of an astronomy exhibition
ByDirk vom Lehn, Kate Sang, Richard Glassborow, Louise King

chapter 24|13 pages

Meeting the challenge of the immoveable

Experiencing Mogao Grottoes Cave 45 with immersive technology 1
ByJeffrey Levin, Robert Checchi, Lori Wong, Garson Yu, Edwin Baker

chapter 25|9 pages

Immersive engagement

Designing and testing a virtual Indian Residential School exhibition
ByAdam Muller

chapter 26|14 pages


Transdisciplinary architectures and museum–university collaboration
BySarah Kenderdine

chapter 27|7 pages

Human-centred design in digital media

ByIndigo Hanlee

chapter 28|9 pages

Unlocking the glass case

ByPeter Higgins

chapter 29|10 pages

The law of feeling

Experiments in a Yolngu museology
ByPaul Gurrumuruwuy, Jennifer Deger

chapter 30|8 pages

Henry VR

Designing affect-oriented virtual reality exhibitions for art museums
ByAndrew Yip, Paula Dredge, Anne Gerard-Austin, Simon Ives

chapter 31|5 pages

Websites as a publishing platform

ByTim Jones, David Simpson

chapter 32|9 pages

From shelf to web

First reflections on the O’Donnell marginalia project
ByJulia S. Kuehns

chapter 33|6 pages

Interpreting the future

ByTony Holzner

part IV|2 pages

Locating in place

chapter 34|14 pages

What could have Bean?

A digital construction of Charles Bean’s Australian War Memorial
ByAnthea Gunn

chapter 35|8 pages


A generative approach to digital collections
ByMitchell Whitelaw

chapter 36|13 pages

Rephotography and the situating of then-and-now

ByHannah Lewi, Andrew Murray

chapter 37|14 pages

Hospicio Cabañas

Seeing World Heritage through Google’s eyes
ByCristina Garduño Freeman

chapter 38|17 pages

The experience of using digital walking tours to explore urban histories

ByWally Smith, Dirk vom Lehn, Hannah Lewi, Dora Constantinidis, Katie Best

chapter 39|9 pages


Creating a bilingual ‘subtlemob’ for National Museum Wales
BySara Huws, Alison John, Jenny Kidd

chapter 40|13 pages

Investigating ‘ordinary’ landscapes

Using visual research methods to understand heritage digital technologies and sense of place
BySteven Cooke, Dora Constantinidis

chapter 41|8 pages

Massive digital community archives in Colombia

An international partnership towards peace
ByDiego Merizalde, Jon Voss

chapter 42|13 pages

Mapping an archive of emotions

Place, memory and the affective histories of Perth’s riverscape
ByAlicia Marchant

chapter |4 pages


ByAndrea Witcomb