Digital Heritage: a journey


You’ve probably noticed that week 12 has been missing from the posts and tags of the blog. So, it’s time to put it on the map. Tuesday 8th of May was the last day of the Digital Heritage course at the Art Gallery and Museum Studies course at the Centre for Museology. People say that the best ideas are born over drinking and eating, so how better to reflect on the course and the blog than to have coffee and tea in the Cafe Muse of the Manchester Museum! (which we did).

Thank you all so much for your enthusiastic participation and imaginative, critical and intriguing discussions, essays and group projects throughout the course. I enjoyed thoroughly our journey in the sea of culture (see the map above!), the theory and practice of digital media in museums and galleries. Thank you also for your feedback on the course structure, themes, seminars, discussions, visits and of course the blog itself. You have been a great group and I hope that you have found the whole experience and the course both useful and rewarding.

The blog will oficially resume its role as part of the course in January 2008, with next year’s Digital Heritage students. But, till then it will continue its voyage in the seas of Digital Heritage and Museology and you are more than welcome to jumb in and out, or even better to continue sailing it, as you have done during the semester (i.e. write posts/comments!).

And since I am speaking about voyages, seas and destinations, I leave you with ‘Ithaca’, a poem by Kostas Kavafis (inspired by the Homeric journey of Odysseus from Troy to Ithaca, his home island)

When you set out on your journey to Ithaca,
pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the angry Poseidon — do not fear them:
You will never find such as these on your path,
if your thoughts remain lofty, if a fine
emotion touches your spirit and your body.
The Lestrygonians and the Cyclops,
the fierce Poseidon you will never encounter,
if you do not carry them within your soul,
if your soul does not set them up before you.

Pray that the road is long.
That the summer mornings are many, when,
with such pleasure, with such joy
you will enter ports seen for the first time;
stop at Phoenician markets,
and purchase fine merchandise,
mother-of-pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
and sensual perfumes of all kinds,
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
visit many Egyptian cities,
to learn and learn from scholars.

Always keep Ithaca in your mind.
To arrive there is your ultimate goal.
But do not hurry the voyage at all.
It is better to let it last for many years;
and to anchor at the island when you are old,
rich with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.

Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
Without her you would have never set out on the road.
She has nothing more to give you.

And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not deceived you.
Wise as you have become, with so much experience,
you must already have understood what Ithacas mean

Image taken from xckd