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


part |2 pages

Framing interviews

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

chapter 7|11 pages

The distributed museum isalready here

It’s just not very evenly distributed

chapter 9|13 pages

Digital heritage profile inChina’s museums

An evaluation of digital technology adoption in cultural heritage institutions

chapter 10|15 pages

Hacking heritage

Understanding the limits of online access

chapter 11|12 pages

From planned oblivion to digital exposition

The digital museum of Afro-Brazilian heritage

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

chapter 15|10 pages

The Alan Vaughan-Richards archive

Recovering tropicalmodernism in Lagos

chapter 16|11 pages

Museum crowdsourcing—detecting the limits

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

chapter 17|11 pages

Digital and hybrid archives

A case study of the William J. Mitchell collection

chapter 19|8 pages

Be engaged

Facilitating creative re-use at the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

chapter 20|14 pages

Cultural antinomies, creative complicities

Agan Harahap’s digital hoaxes

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

chapter 22|13 pages

Configuring slow technology through social and embodied interaction

Making time for reflection in augmented reality museum experiences with young visitors

chapter 23|13 pages

Exhibition design and professional theories

The development of an astronomy exhibition

chapter 24|13 pages

Meeting the challenge of the immoveable

Experiencing Mogao Grottoes Cave 45 with immersive technology 1

chapter 25|9 pages

Immersive engagement

Designing and testing a virtual Indian Residential School exhibition

chapter 26|14 pages


Transdisciplinary architectures and museum–university collaboration

chapter 28|9 pages

Unlocking the glass case

chapter 29|10 pages

The law of feeling

Experiments in a Yolngu museology

chapter 30|8 pages

Henry VR

Designing affect-oriented virtual reality exhibitions for art museums

chapter 32|9 pages

From shelf to web

First reflections on the O’Donnell marginalia project

chapter 33|6 pages

Interpreting the future

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

chapter 35|8 pages


A generative approach to digital collections

chapter 37|14 pages

Hospicio Cabañas

Seeing World Heritage through Google’s eyes

chapter 39|9 pages


Creating a bilingual ‘subtlemob’ for National Museum Wales

chapter 40|13 pages

Investigating ‘ordinary’ landscapes

Using visual research methods to understand heritage digital technologies and sense of place

chapter 41|8 pages

Massive digital community archives in Colombia

An international partnership towards peace

chapter 42|13 pages

Mapping an archive of emotions

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

chapter |4 pages