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Narrating Places - Blurring boundaries: Co-creating digital histories of place

Dowding, S; (2021) Narrating Places - Blurring boundaries: Co-creating digital histories of place. In: Lesh, J and Rebecca, M, (eds.) Methodologies for Exploring Emotional Attachments to Historic Urban Places. Routledge: London, UK.

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Abstract

In 2016 the Survey of London launched a major three-year study into the history of Whitechapel, an area of East London now in the midst of rapid economic, demographic and urban change. A critical aspect of this project was the creation of an experimental website to collect and disseminate the diverse stories, impressions and memories of people with knowledge of the area, alongside writing by the Survey and other professional and amateur historians. The use of digital technology has enabled the Survey to pursue an agenda of co-creating urban history, giving voice to the many rather than to a singular authority, and so generating a multi-vocal record of Whitechapel’s streets and buildings. But in producing this representation of the built environment with all its tensions, what is the role of the public historian in narrating the past?

Type: Book chapter
Title: Narrating Places - Blurring boundaries: Co-creating digital histories of place
ISBN-13: 9780429345807
DOI: 10.4324/9780429345807
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429345807
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Architecture
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10114858
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