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Virtual Cultural Library

This new site from UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) offers the full text of a select collection of works on cultural heritage published by the organization, many of them currently out of print. The content of the Library is divided into two sections: Books and Conventions. At present, the Books section contains eleven titles in English, nine in French, and...
Smarthistory: ARCHES

Launched in 2005 by art historians Beth Harris and Steven Zucker, Smarthistory provides a wealth of resources for teaching and learning art history. One such resource is ARCHES, or the At Risk Cultural Heritage Education Series. This series offers a multimedia online textbook about issues surrounding the preservation of cultural heritage objects. In particular, this collection of short essays,...
Project Anqa

The modern countries of Syria and Iraq (among others) are located in what was once Ancient Mesopotamia, and as such, they are home to numerous valuable cultural heritage sites. In recent years, political struggles in both countries have placed many of those sites at risk and some have sadly been destroyed. Project Anqa, whose name means "phoenix" in Arabic, is an initiative begun in 2015 that aims...
Material Memory

Climate change does not just impact the environment in the natural sense; it also impacts social and historical environments. Archivists, climatologists, and sociologists may enjoy Material Memory, a podcast that explores this link between climate change and cultural memory. Currently on its second season, the show focuses on climate crises and cultural heritage, exploring questions including:...
Google Arts & Culture: Open Heritage Project

The recent fire at the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro and the ravaging of monuments in Palmyra by the so-called Islamic State remind us that features of humanity's shared cultural heritage can be erased in an instant. An effort to digitally preserve what remains, Open Heritage is an open-access collection that allows users to take 3D tours of iconic locations from around the world. The effort...