This groundbreaking collection explores the convergence of the spatial and digital turns through a suite of smartphone apps (Hidden Cities) that present research-led itineraries in early modern cities as public history.

The Hidden Cities apps have expanded from an initial case example of Renaissance Florence to a further five historic European cities. This collection considers how the medium structures new methodologies for site-based historical research, while also providing a platform for public history experiences that go beyond typical heritage priorities. It also presents guidelines for user experience design that reconciles the interests of researchers and end users. A central section of the volume presents the underpinning original scholarship that shapes the locative app trails, illustrating how historical research can be translated into public-facing work. The final section examines how history, delivered in the format of geolocated apps, offers new opportunities for collaboration and innovation: from the creation of museums without walls, connecting objects in collections to their original settings, to informing decision-making in city tourism management.

Hidden Cities is a valuable resource for upper-level undergraduates, postgraduates, and scholars across a variety of disciplines including urban history, public history, museum studies, art and architecture, and digital humanities.


 The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter |17 pages


ByFabrizio Nevola
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part I|40 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

Revisioning the city

Public history and locative digital media
ByDavid Rosenthal
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chapter 2|20 pages

Heritage, digital placemaking and user experience

An industry perspective
ByJo Morrison
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part II|130 pages


chapter 3|23 pages

Reconstructing the early modern news world

Urban space, political conflict, and local publishing in Hamburg
ByDaniel Bellingradt, Claudia Heise
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chapter 4|18 pages

Making disability visible in digital humanities

Blind street singers in early modern Valencia
ByMónica Bolufer, Juan Gomis, Blanca Llanes
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chapter 5|22 pages

Navigating places of knowledge

The Modern Devotion and religious experience in late medieval Deventer
BySabrina Corbellini, Pieter Boonstra, Margriet Hoogvliet
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chapter 6|25 pages

“Trento, the last chance for a beer”

Mobility, material culture, and urban space in an early modern transit city1
ByMassimo Rospocher, Enrico Valseriati
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chapter 7|19 pages

Stewarding civic spaces

Place and social mobility in Elizabethan Exeter
ByKate Osborne
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chapter 8|20 pages

City of women

Mapping movement, gender, and enclosure in Renaissance Florence
ByJulia Rombough, Sharon Strocchia
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part III|60 pages


chapter 9|18 pages

The Hidden Cities apps

Digital engagement through geolocating museum collections
BySuzan Folkerts, Rick Lawrence
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chapter 11|18 pages

3D models and locative AR

Hidden Florence 3D and experiments in reconstruction*
ByDonal Cooper, Fabrizio Nevola, Chiara Capulli, Luca Brunke
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