The goal of the Shared History Project is to convey the relevance of historical events to the present and make history useful in educational settings and intercultural contexts by making a museum globally accessible.
The Shared History Project logo encapsulates the project’s goals — a two-dimensional shape that conveys the idea of a projection — a coming forth of the connection between cultures across time. This consideration of projection and time becomes the visual language that the following applications adopt.
An interactive timeline guides the users through various epochs of Jewish life in German-speaking lands. Each week an object is released and users can view the object — sometimes in three dimensions with the use of photogrammetry — and get closer to historic moments full of detailed information without having to traverse the globe to see these items from various collections.
Items, like the earring below, can be viewed in 360 degrees. They can be seen from every angle at high resolution to give the user the experience of holding and interacting with a museum exhibit they would otherwise be unable to touch. The interaction and memory retention principle ensures that lessons learned from the Shared History Project remain with the user long after visiting the exhibit.
The website also features a completely virtual museum space that can be viewed on any device from desktop to phone and even a VR headset for a completely immersive and groundbreaking experience. The VR experience uses a single metallic tube system to represent the 1700 year timeline that becomes the pedestal for objects and gateways to 360 photographs of historic locations.