Enchanted technology ?: electronic media in contemporary museums

The large-scale emergence of digital media caused a serious transition in many scientific disciplines including history. Digital media has made many new possibilities of practicing history. One of the most important changes is that Big Data offers historians new ways to interpreted and identify specific historical events and link them to bigger historical patterns. For example, […]

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DIY: your own Oral History Project

In “Ongekend bijzonder” (former) refugees give their life history. With a project on Indonesian veterans, “Verhalen van Groninger Indië-veteranen“, the Oorlogs- and verzetscentrum Groningen wanted be current to society’s issues. The Jewish Museum in Amsterdam brought a large selection of interviews of Jewish survivors of the Second World War from the USC Shoah Foundation Institute […]

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This owl lamp belongs to the archives of IHLIA LGBT Heritage,  (photo by Roos Harms)
This owl lamp belongs to the archives of IHLIA LGBT Heritage, (photo by Roos Harms)

The owl in the lamp: warning signals in Dutch gay nightlife 1930s-60s

The owl was a symbol in Dutch gay nightlife in a large part of the 20th century. The word ‘owl’ was also a codeword for heterosexuals or police, and was used throughout the country. Due to this double meaning, the owl became a common piece of decoration in meeting places for homosexuals, mainly in gay […]

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