Published October 6, 2022 | Version v1
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First Report - Sloane Lab: Looking back to build future shared collections

  • 1. University College London
  • 2. Natural History Museum
  • 3. British Museum


The founding collection of the British Museum is a rich area to explore how we can reconnect dispersed heritage connections using state of the art technologies. This is because the British Museum's original 1753 founding collection of Sir Hans Sloane is now split across three different institutions (the British Museum (BM), Natural History Museum (NHM) and the British Library (BL)) and the digital information that describes this founding collection sits in the different institutions in a range of different systems that are not currently set up to talk to one another. By focusing on catalogue records, and the vast, remaining collections of Sir Hans Sloane, the Sloane Lab project is researching how we can work with interested communities and heritage organisations to link the present with the past so as to allow the currently broken links between Sloane's collections and catalogues to be re-established across the NHM, BL, BM (plus others that have relevant material). The main outcome of our project will be a freely available, online digital lab (the Sloane Lab) that will offer researchers, curators and the interested public new opportunities to search, explore, and critically and creatively use and reuse digital cultural heritage.


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