The Digital Humanities Centre will be hosting a new exhibition, Then and Now: People and Place in Nottingham.
The Digital Humanities Centre, located within the Humanities Building on University Park, houses an extensive collection of more than 80,000 fine art, architecture, and classics slides. Each year the Humanities slide collection is maintained by a group of student volunteers who learn about archive maintenance, classification systems, digitisation processes and the attendant copyright issues.
The 2016–17 volunteer team have curated an exhibition showcasing slides from the collection that feature landmarks of Nottingham. They have juxtaposed these with digital versions of the same spaces that they have captured or created themselves to showcase the centre’s embrace of both analogue and digital media.
Having collected responses to the images from various communities within the University and across the city, and recruited advice and support from DHC and Humanities staff, the team present a visual journey through the city and introduce a conversation between ‘Then' and 'Now’, both in terms of the buildings but also the media and technology through which they are portrayed.
Amber Forrest worked in an advisory and mentoring capacity, encouraging students to find relevance in the issues of the past within the present day city. Encouraging them to make conscious decisions about what they put forward for the history and archeology students of the future.