img. courtesy 50s in Europe Kaleidoscope project.

The EU funded project 50s in Europe Kaleidoscope, which was concluded in February 2020, aimed to engage with a wide range of publics and stakeholders, through sourcing, sharing, and identifying photographs in collections. By contributing to, the aim was to enrich the collections and provide more resources for cultural institutions. The project sought to influence curatorial practices and exhibition methods, in addition to extending into the educational sector.

More broadly, the project has contributed to the enrichment of Europeana’s 1950s photographic collections, and has proposed new ways of interpreting this significant era in European history. From an educational perspective, the project has resulted in the creation of a MOOC (massive open online course) entitled ‘Creating a Digital Cultural Heritage Community’. The thematic focus of the MOOC is user engagement strategies for digital cultural heritage.

Impact of the project was created by engaging with stakeholders in the cultural heritage sector (gallery, library, archive and museum professionals), educational sector (academic researchers and students) and creative industries (design professionals, photography, digital media and dance). The impact was assessed in relation to the digital tools, and in relation to the project more broadly. Engagement and user-experience testing of digital tools took place via a series of workshops, focus groups and an online survey.

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Report by Dr Elaine O’Sullivan, Prof Neil Forbes and Prof Sarah Whatley. 28th Feb 2020, with thanks to project partners Maria Ralli (NTUA), Andreas Richter (SPK) and Frederik Temmermans (IMEC).