Journal | magazén
Monographic journal issue | 1 | 2 | 2020
Research Article | Neither Literature nor Object: Children’s Writings in the Digital Public Realm

Neither Literature nor Object: Children’s Writings in the Digital Public Realm

The interpretation of children’s writings has often presented a particular challenge to Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM), as the represented child has historically been deprived of agency, and children’s writings are neither ‘literature’ nor traditional display objects. In this article we will explore the methodologies of representation that are associated with the merging of children’s history and digital humanities. We will lay out an approach for digitally representing children’s writings held in museums. We will demonstrate the possibilities that have been put forward by librarians, archivists and curators internationally, and explore the tools and approaches that have emerged from the field of digital humanities for re-presenting the agency of the child creator and the child visitor within memory institutions. Moreover, in this article we will propose that the digital environment facilitates a critical site of experimentation in displaying children’s collections that allow creator, object, context, critique, and visitor to be equally valued.


Open access | Peer reviewed

Submitted: July 21, 2020 | Accepted: Nov. 3, 2020 | Published: Dec. 22, 2020 | Language: en

Keywords Digital humanities GLAM Ethics Child diaries History of childhood Hybrid digital spaces Museums Manuscripts Collections Youth culture Visitor experience Digitisation

Subtags Documents Audio-visual data Institutions Textual data 3d data Society Collection Visualisation Preservation Participation Processing Works of Art


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