A personal memorial at Scotney Castle.
Having been away a lot recently I’ve been negligent of updating the blog, so I thought I better update it straight away today. First thing to mention is that there is now a London and South East Blog, which I will be contributing to this month. I’ll be using the blog as a platform to talk about some of our places and their links to the First World War, as part of the annual commemoration for Armistice.
So you may have beeen thinking this week’s entry is about the film staring Gerard Butler as an archaeologist being sent back in time to Medieval France. You’re probably glad to find out that it isn’t!
Having been impressed by the BBC’s history of the world timeline I’ve been recently searching for free alternative on the internet for developing something similar. I stumbled across this website, which has a list of 7 examples of timelines as well as links for three free website you can use to make your own interactive timeline.
Having used both Time Toast and Dipity, my personal favourite is Dipity. Time Toast may be okay for a basic timeline, but Dipity simply looks better and has a lot more features. I’ve included a screen shot below as wordpress doesn’t like Dipity HTML code.
Screenshot of my 18th Century Ceramics at Polesden Lacey Timeline
Alternatively have a look here, my own personal favourite view is the flip book view. However I also like the ability to switch to a map view, so you can see not only information about in this case an object, but also where it was made and also when it was made. I think it may be a slightly more interesting way for doing for instance objects of the month etc, what do you think?
Part of the collections of Scotney Castle are seven visiting albums compiled by Christopher and Elizabeth Hussey covering a period from April 1936 through to September 1968.
Watercolour and pictures of Corsham Court Wilshire © National Trust / Charles Thomas
The first four albums for the period 1936-1955 are a record of country house visits paid almost entirely in England, Wales and Scotland, while the three albums for 1961-1968 record foreign holidays and travels.
Over the last week I’ve been developing ways we could use these stunning albums in new ways. The first and simplest I’ve been working on is combining all the images into a single .PDF to use as an eBook.
The second has been working on has been creating a page flip version of the album for use on a external device. Having no skill in creating flash files myself, I’ve been scouring the web and I’ve come up with a number of ways to do this, either using software or sending .PDF files to be converted. I’ve also discovered this free version of doing it, so far it seems to be working fine!
Certainly technology like this is exciting and allows us to look at documents and books which are maybe too valuable or distant to be read in a traditional way. Digital versions of books seem to becoming more and more popular. Something apple seem keen to capitalise on with the launch of the book version of Itunes…..Ibooks!
Having access to information easily is important and interesting but is the wow factor of lost in seeing only a digital copy? Can they really ever replace the real thing? Answers on an electronic postcard!