Guten Mor­gen & good morn­ing & dzień dobry!”

Review of our digital // memory Online Symposium on Digital Historical Education

Over 90 participants from many European cities celebrated with us the first funding year of the digital // memory programme, supported by the EVZ Foundation.  Some fruitful and exciting 12 months of the digital // memory funding programme come to an end.

Since Octo­ber 2019, the EVZ Foun­da­tion has been sup­port­ing six Pol­ish and Ger­man projects who work on inno­v­a­tive dig­i­tal for­mats for his­tor­i­cal-civic edu­ca­tion. All fund­ed projects of the pro­gram pre­sent­ed their projects and gave us an insight into their work.

We spoke about the chances and chal­lenges of the dig­i­tal his­tor­i­cal-civic edu­ca­tion. The projects and par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed how stake­hold­ers like edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions, muse­ums, memo­r­i­al sites and civil soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions pre­serve mem­o­ry in a dig­i­tal age. 

Anna Sty­czyńs­ka from the Muse­um of the His­to­ry of the Pol­ish Jews POLIN in War­saw gave insight into the dig­i­tal port­fo­lio of her insti­tu­tion: Their dig­i­tal pro­gram ranges from vir­tu­al tours to pod­casts and a radio pro­gramme. The POLIN also offers a dig­i­tal tour of their exhi­bi­tion.

Lit­tle won­der the impact of Covid-19 on the dig­i­tal his­tor­i­cal-civic edu­ca­tion was also an issue in the exchange of expe­ri­ences amongst the par­tic­i­pants. 

Anna from POLIN pre­sent­ed how the pan­dem­ic influ­enced their audi­ence com­po­si­tion: Peo­ple start­ed being online at dif­fer­ent times of the day com­pared to the past. They were also more like­ly to read longer texts. Last but not least, the demo­graph­ic com­po­si­tion changed: Now, they have a younger audi­ence as more and more peo­ple in their 20s and 30s start­ed using their dig­i­tal offer­ings.

Our event wrapped up this fund­ing year of dig­i­tal // mem­o­ry, but the pro­gramme will con­tin­ue: 

iRights.Lab will con­tin­ue to accom­pa­ny the projects in the sec­ond year. Please find more infor­ma­tion here.

dig­i­tal // mem­o­ry is a fund­ing pro­gram by the EVZ Foun­da­tion. The iRights.Lab part­ners with the EVZ Foun­da­tion and car­ries out sup­port­ing mea­sures for the fund­ed projects. For more infor­ma­tion about the fund­ing pro­gram fol­low this link.

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