By Stephanie Ciccarelli
May 4, 2012
Does your voice capture moments in time?
Many people are trying to find ways to preserve history and make cultural institutions more accessible to the public.
Comment and let us know where your voice can be heard!
Cultural institutions such as museums use voice-over to tell stories about people, places and things that have shaped the past. The voice-over can act as an additional means for context and interpretation to educate and engage those who visit their exhibits.
Some months ago, Museum London began photographing their collection of over 5300 works with the goal of posting their digital art collection in Spring 2012 for the general public to view online.
Do you keep a journal? Museum London has also been using Twitter to tweet snippets of London's history as told by Amelia Harris (1798-1882), the matriarch of the Harris family. John and Amelia built Eldon House in 1834. Many generations of the Harris family were raised in Eldon House until 1960 when the property was donated to the City of London. Eldon House now serves as a museum unto itself giving visitors unique access to see Harris family heirlooms, furnishings and their priceless treasures as well enjoy a beautiful 19th-century style garden. Although surrounded by the city today, the house and its gardens are a place of beauty and tranquility.
Amelia Harris' diary entries, as sourced from writings in the book The Eldon House Diaries: Five Women's Views of the 19th Century, are posted in 140 character increments in tandem with the time and seasons we find ourselves in now. She also posts about current and upcoming events at Eldon House. You can visit Amelia's account here:
Narration can often be found wherever culture is preserved and celebrated in the form of audio guides or public announcements. Diane Dimond has served as narrator for exhibits in museums as has Claire Dodin whose voice can be heard in the gardens of The Palace of Versailles.
There has been a rise in the number of people embracing a technology called Sound Cloud to record their thoughts and favorite writings to share via social networking sites like Facebook. Just today I heard a poem composed by Diane Havens shared via her Sound Cloud account that paints a word picture packed with emotion, clarity and yearning. Diane loves to use her voice to communicate the written word as evidenced by the number of recordings that digitize culture.
à¹ The voices in your head
à¹ Journal entries
I wonder what would happen if Amelia Harris shared her updates using audio or posted diary entries to Sound Cloud? I'm sure there is an enterprising Londoner who'd love to voice Amelia and share her wit, humour and life with a listening audience!
If you've been helping to digitize culture for museums or are using your voice to create recordings that function as a time capsule of sorts, let me know!
Image via Eldon House
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