PANORAMIC VIEWS

Southern Gazette (Belmont) - - LIFESTYLE -

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 mod­ern­day 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.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

Curtin HIVE man­ager An­drew Woods and graphic de­sign stu­dent Mar­cia Sch­nei­der with a Perth town panorama 1906 cylin­der dis­play.

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