The Google Cultural Institute, in collaboration with the Kenya National Archives, has launched the digitised National Archives – an initiative that celebrates and promotes Kenyan history, Africa’s heroes and cultural heritage.
With the digitised national archives, artifacts and historical documents will now be accessible at the click of the button.
This means that anyone interacting with the artifacts online will not only come face to face with the history of Kenya and other African countries such as; Ethiopia, Madagascar, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, but also celebrate African heroes, art and culture.
The Google Cultural Institute – a high-profile world culture project that hosts the world’s cultural treasures online through partnerships with major museums and institutions – will now host more than 1,000 archives and artworks as well as 15 curated exhibits that curators, historians and everyone anywhere can now virtually access the cultural treasures housed by the Kenya National Archives .
“Technology plays a great role in promoting culture in the world we live in today. Not only does it help to conserve art and culture in digital forms that can be accessed from any part of the world, it creates new, interactive and educational ways of storytelling and brings local heritage and history to the fingertips of a global audience. This will go a long way in promoting Kenya as a favourable destination,” said Dr. Hassan Wario – Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts.
The Google Cultural Institute currently supports over 850 cultural institutions from over 60 countries and hosting the digitised Kenya National Archives, biggest digitization effort in Africa .
“The Kenya National Archives owns important material that tells a story about a period of time or event that is rarely put on display. The online exhibitions, therefore, provide a way through which cultural institutions can tell a story around historical material and bring to life a particular event, theme or topic relevant to our history and culture,” said Google Country Manager, Charles Murito.
The partnership, which is part of Google’s efforts to preserve Africa’s cultural heritage, will also serve to boost the tourism sector by availing novel ways to showcase the country’s culture and history to visitors.
Story courtesy of Google Cultural Institute.