One hundred years on from the First World War there are still stories to be told, memories to be shared, and undiscovered treasures to be found. State Library of Queensland is working with communities across Queensland to explore and share these untold stories and using, Historypin, to create a digital legacy for future generations.
As part of the Q ANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation five-year state-wide initiative, State Library of Queensland is collaborating with communities across Queensland, from Brisbane to Blackall and beyond to Burke Shire, to share their unique experiences of the war years and record their commemorative activities.
Using a dedicated hub on Historypin, an online platform which connects people with memories and place, stories from the Home front, from the War front, from the past and from the present are being shared as Collections consisting of images, audio and video.
In this presentation, we share our experience engaging with schools, museums, churches, a choir, historical societies, a shire council and public libraries, to empower them to discover and share their stories with the world. We will share our learnings on collaborating with Historypin (online platform provider) in developing a hub for the Queensland memory and what worked and what didn’t work when promoting the digital hub. The distribution of grants was integral to the success of the initiative; the presentation will identify our experiences. Hear from the grant recipients about the unexpected outcomes of sharing their local stories with the world.