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The Internet Archive

As its name makes clear, the Internet Archive is an archive on the web. This is not just about the Internet, although you can use one of their services ‘the Wayback Machine’ to view historical versions of websites.

The Internet Archive is a useful place to find out things that you might not always appear in a search engine, including audio, video, books, music and much more.

https://archive.org

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The British Library

The British Library holds an extensive archive that covers many different areas that you may want to research or use in developing your stories and content. The online catalogue is widely accessible and is particularly useful as it generates a rich collection of images and texts. There are also a number of copyright-free images that are available to use for free.

https://www.bl.uk

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Flickr

As well as using Flickr for hosting and sharing your own images, you can also search Flickr for images available for reuse under Creative Commons or public domain licenses.

See: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/

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Google Images

While search engines might seem a simple way to get find resources, it is often helpful to use a specific image search. On Google Images, it is easy to scroll through lots of images to quickly find content.

See: https://www.google.com/imghp

You can also search for free to use images via following the instructions here https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/29508?hl=en

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National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland has a range of UK maps online. These are useful resources for identifying the historical location of buildings and features in the landscape. The library also has tools which enable you to compare and overlay maps.  Many of the maps on the website can be used for commercial, non-commercial, educational and private purposes under the terms of the Creative Commons license.

The National Library of Scotland webpage: https://maps.nls.uk

For more information on the Creative Commons , see: Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence

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Marzipano

Marzipano is a web-based tool that allows the user to create complex virtual environments, which can be experienced in a web browser.

If you want to share these virtual environments with others then you do need to a) have web-hosting somewhere and b) be able to upload files to it, but if you have both of those then it takes a matter of a couple of minutes to get your Marzipano experience online.

We uploaded 360 degree photos of Bromley House, then linked the rooms together to enable visitors to “walk through” the library and find out about key features in each of the rooms.

https://www.marzipano.net/

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YouTube

While it may seem obvious, YouTube is a simple service to use for finding and uploading video content. You can create your own channel which people can subscribe to and it also offers services such as live streaming and subtitles, which can improve the accessibility of your content. The service is stable, easy to use and has a large user base.

https://www.youtube.com

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SoundCloud

We often forget how important audio is. Speech, music and other collected sounds can all tell us about about a moment in time and memory.

SoundCloud is straightforward to use, you simply create and upload your audio files. Once you have uploaded the audio, you can share it on social media, and even link to it to a webpage. Other people can also comment on the time-line of the audio. It is a useful tool that is often overlooked.

https://soundcloud.com/

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Flickr

Do you have photos and images that you have scanned in?

Flickr is an ideal space where you can ‘host’ your images, add text and share them. It is a simple and useful service.

https://www.flickr.com

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Artcodes

Artcodes is an app which links physical things to digital content. The tool can trace and recognise visual patterns via a smartphone camera and launch a related webpage.

We used Artcodes with Bromley House to explore ways in which volunteers could digitally curate the items and books “in-place”, encouraging visitors to physically explore the library to reveal digital content.

https://www.artcodes.co.uk/