RIVERVALE resident Marcia Schneider has been bringing history alive in the HIVE.
The final year creative advertising and graphic design student at Curtin University has been an integral part of the Historical Panoramas project, which just received a commendation at the 2017 WA Heritage Awards.
The project is a collaboration between the State Library and the university’s HIVE (Hub for Immersive Visualisation and eResearch), featuring panoramic pictures of Perth and Fremantle dating back as far as the 1860s and weaving them in with modern-day views.
Ms Schneider said one of the best results of the project had been the response from people seeing a glimpse of their personal past.
“The stories from elderly people – it doesn’t even have to be big things, but it could be someone saying ‘I used to work at that department store’,” she said.
“That’s been one of the most rewarding parts, seeing the enjoyment of people who were around at that time seeing that.”
The student, who worked alongside HIVE manager Andrew Woods on Historical Panoramas, said the digital format of the work made it particularly accessible to young people.
“It’s really difficult to get young people engaging with this sort of content,” she said.
“Unless they have a particular interest in history, it’s not something they’re going to seek out.
“It’s awesome. I can probably speak as one of the young people who wouldn’t have had any interest until I got into it.”
The main feature of the project website is a series of wide-angle panoramas that were taken from the tower of the Perth Town Hall at four different times in the city’s history – 1885, 1906, 1925 and 2016.
After months trawling through archives and curating photos, Ms Schneider said it could keep going well into the future.
“We’re hoping to continue expanding the project. Now that we’ve built the program and framework, it’s endless the content we can add… There’s also the possibility to add other archival material like audio files,” she said.
To find out more about the award-winning Historical Panoramas project, visit historicalpanoramas.com.au.