Over the years exhibition designs have changed the way we view things ranging from non-digital (traditional) to digital exhibitions. In my presentation, I will explore various types of exhibitions – life before digital and what is available to us now plus what’s in store for us in the future. I will be working on Nancy McCarthy’s Collection that involves digitalisations and displaying the collections online using a web browser. It is my effort to try to build a better type of Exhibition (digital) with the techniques, which I think will have the most impact in the future Digital Exhibitions.
Hazelwood Histories: Mapping the 18th-19th century Demesne
My project concerns the social history of a landed estate namely Hazelwood House, from the landowners and their peers to the tenants and household servants. I aim to map an 18th and 19th century Demesne and its lands with the entire population for the area including how each family/individual contributed to the Demesne and its function within the wider socio-political landscape of the time.
From Cattle-Thieving to Camouflage: The Story of Irish Speakers at War
My presentation will be produced using the Prezi format. It will cover the process of putting together my digital artifact, which will be in the form of a Time Map. This will consist of several stages: (1) putting together a Google Docs spreadsheet, (2) the conversion of the spreadsheet into a Time Map and (3) the presentation of the Time Map on various forms of social media. The theme of the Time Map will be that of the experiences of Irish speakers as part of Ireland’s military diaspora, how they are seen by historians, how they see themselves, how they have influenced the Irish language and how they have influenced warfare.
John O’Donovan’s penny journal articles
My presentation/dissertation is to do with the historian and textual scholar John O’Donovan (1806-61), who is, perhaps, is best known for his standard-setting edition of Annála Ríoghachta Éireann (1848-51) — Annals of the Kingdom of Ireland (also sometimes rendered as ‘Annals of the Four Masters’). In particular, I’m going to focus on a series of articles by O’Donovan in the Dublin Penny Journal in the early 1830s which first brought him to public notice — examining the context of the creation and reception/consumption of these contributions.
Being a dissertation for a Digital Arts and Humanities MA, however, one of the central elements of what I do will be the way in which I deploy digital tools and methodologies in relation to the project — tools and story-telling methodologies which will be presented on the John O’Donovan Archive (website):
Grattan Terrace on Grattan Street
Grattan Terrace on Grattan Street is a study of a set of terrace houses on Grattan Street Dublin consisting of six Victorian red brick terraced houses built in 1870. Elements of Irish Land Law and lease arrangements are included in this study as narrative.
Oldcastle Detention Camp: 1914-1918
The aim of this project is to create an online archive of material related to the Detention Camp which was located at Oldcastle in County Meath between 1914 and 1918 in general and to focus on the detention of Aloys Fleischmann in particular. The majority of work will involve the digitization and curation of this material. One of the first questions which I have to face however is the extent to which I will focus on given aspects and how this material will be presented. For the purpose of this presentation, I will focus on the technical aspects of the project and the means by which the variety of material might be best exhibited.
A second question which I will also consider is the extent to which, if at all, Digital Tools enable us to create an historical narrative that is more rich and layered than traditional historical narratives.