From Gallery to Reality (… and Back): The Display of Art and the Art of Display in the Digital Age | EV & N – 314 | CCTV
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Instant digital integration through QR codes makes it possible to link exhibits in galleries directly with their wider-world context beyond the gallery space. This provides a radically new and effective technology for museums of all sizes, rare book libraries, map collections and special collections of all descriptions to develop powerful new ways of expanding their audience and design the public education component of their outreach work.

For a discussion of the particular gallery technique used in the Harvard HDS Group Exhibit, see:

For “Virtual Reality” (VR) “walk-around” views linked to specific slave-trade castles in exhibit and in the African Historical Graphics Archive:

Fort James, the Gambia:

The Gambia – James Island Fort 2- Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 3 – Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 4 – Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 5 – Michel du Chesne
The Gambia – James Island Fort 6 – Michel du Chesne

Gorée Island, Dakar, Senegal:

as well as:

Elmina Castle, Elmina, Ghana

See related:

Individual objects prepared for this display within the group exhibit Footprints Across Time include:

Other prints prepared for the exhibit but not displayed include:

See discussion of the techniques and digital technologies used in this approach to historical research in:

For further subjects related to the Atlantic trade and its long-term ecological impact see:

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Important related online resources include:

  • Afriterra – The Cartographic Free Library
    This is an online research and reference facility of for digital access to historical maps and other primary source materials relating to the study of Africa and its role in the world history from the late early-modern period through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


  • Slave Voyages
    This is the most extensive international initiative for the systematic study of he slave trade in the digital age.  It has been undertaken by coordinated teams of historians, demographers, and social scientists that were funded from a series of research grants over the years.  The project is now hosted at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  Data from the project in the “Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database”  currently contains records on over 36,000 individual slaving expeditions between 1514 and 1866, and it has been made accessible in various formats on the Internet.
    See particularly:

Introductory Maps

Slave Ship in 3D video

Timelines of estimates

Timelapse animation

This digital memorial raises questions about the largest slave trades in history and offers access to the documentation available to answer them. European colonizers turned to Africa for enslaved laborers to build the cities and extract the resources of the Americas. They forced millions of mostly unnamed Africans across the Atlantic to the Americas, and from one part of the Americas to another. Analyze these slave trades and view interactive maps, timelines, and animations to see the dispersal in action.

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