Historypin is an excellent example of a ‘digital museum’ concept in the making. Users can ‘pin’ personal stories and memories, collaborate with other individuals and institutions to build histories. I love this use of digital media to save, present and personalise the past. Increasingly museum and national archive teams are looking for solutions to not only preserve and protect, but promote, publicise and personalise our experience of what has gone before.
User Generated Content underpins the Historypin initiative; by pinning and collating local content, users contribute to a growing picture and understanding of global history. Many museums and galleries are looking for digital solutions to both deliver their core purpose and to bring new, global audiences to their collections and narratives. I love Historypin because local and family histories can be personalised and collated alongside amazing stuff from the likes of the Smithsonian Archive. One of those innovations that warms the heart, rooted in an admirable ambition.
The Historypin community is made up of people, groups and organisations working together to “…unearth and pin as much history as possible from all over the world – from within archives, in attics, and saved up in wise old heads.” Good on them. Get Involved Here.