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Wonders of the ADS

Journey into the archive with our new online gallery

The Wonders of the ADS, is a digital exhibition dedicated to highlighting the outstanding digital data held in the ADS archive.

A screenshot of the homepage of 'The Wonders of the ADS' digital exhibition.

The Wonders of the ADS digital exhibition developed out of a collaborative project with Carlotta Cammelli, a Leeds University MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies student as part of her Masters dissertation. The project entitled Unearthing the Archive: Exploring new methods for disseminating archaeological digital data aimed to develop an innovative online approach to present specific digital objects (such as photographs, drawings, documents, videos and 3D data files) from the ADS collections in order to increase public engagement with the data in our archive.

Traditionally the ADS is used by researchers with specific interests in mind. The structure of the ADS into individual archives also means that sometimes interesting material can be buried within the vast quantity of data held by the ADS.

Carlotta has designed the Wonders of the ADS exhibition to feature the many different data types held in the ADS archive, from digital photography and drawings, to 3D models and videos. The exhibition also features the different facets of archaeological investigation, from different thematic time periods to different methodological approaches. The exhibition is made up of 18 exhibits each featuring a specific ADS collection to illustrate a theme.

A screenshot of a gallery page of 'The Wonders of the ADS' digital exhibition.

The creation of a digital exhibition highlighting the vast array of exciting archaeological projects and different data types held by the ADS will offer a new way to explore the archive and help more people access, learn and make more use of the ADS.

The ADS hopes this new and exciting venture will be the beginning of a series of online exhibitions that use the ADS archives.

The Wonders of the ADS exhibition will run until December 2018 and feedback on the content, design and future of the exhibition will be sought throughout August 2018.