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HST 205: The Great War (Ramsbottom): Omeka Project


Need a refresher on adding an item? Check out this guide.


Need a refresher on building exhibits? Check out this guide.

Digital exhibit-building is digital storytelling.

Through the medium of Omeka, you'll be preparing an illustrated historical essay using primary source materials largely from Butler's collections. You need to take care that you're telling the story of your objects and how they relate to your topic of choice. If they don't, then you've selected the wrong objects.

Think about the difference between an image gallery that you click idly through and a Buzzfeed list that introduces/provides context for their images. The latter is way more engaging.

What's the difference between an exhibit and a gallery? This blog post does a great job outlining the differences. Make sure you're thinking about your audience and their knowledge. Your goal is to educate and help your audience appreciate what it is they're looking at. To that end, an outline for your exhibit from beginning to end will be helpful. What do you want your audience to leave having learned? Then work backward: how do you get them there?

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