Google’s ‘Cultural Institute’ Lets Users Interact With 42 Moments In History

Google’s ‘Cultural Institute’ Lets Users Interact With 42 Moments In History

The website features narratives that link the archive material together to unlock the different perspectives and tales behind historical events.

Emma Hutchings
  • 11 october 2012

Google’s Cultural Institute, which aims to help preserve and promote culture online, has added 42 new historical exhibitions. They tell the stories behind major events like Apartheid, D-Day, and the Holocaust, and have been created by 17 partners including museums and cultural foundations. They include archives of letters, manuscripts, and first-hand video testimonials.

You can zoom in to see photos in great detail and search through millions of items for a specific country, person, event, or date. Each exhibition features a narrative that links the archive material together. Some of those online include:

  • Tragic love at Auschwitz – the story of Edek & Mala, a couple in love who try to escape Auschwitz
  • Jan Karski, Humanity’s hero – first-hand video testimony from the man who attempted to inform the world about the existence of the Holocaust
  • Steve Biko – a 15-year-old’s political awakening in the midst of the Apartheid movement featuring nine documents never released in the public domain before
  • D-Day – details of the famous landings including color photographs, personal letters and the D-Day order itself from Admiral Ramsay
  • The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II – an account of the 1953 Coronation including color photographs

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