Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra

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The Mildenhall collection consists of over 7000 fascinating archival photographs of early Canberra, captured by William James Mildenhall in the 1920’s and 1930’s. While the collection has previously been available online in a basic form, the images could only be accessed one-by-one and the interface didn’t encourage exploration. Discovering Mildenhall’s Canberra is a collaborative effort between the National Archives of Australia and the Museum of Democracy at the Old Parliament House which aims to bring the collection to life for a new generation of users.

We’ve constructed a set of interactions to allow people to engage with and expand upon the collection: our aim is to not only construct a system for showcasing some amazing photographic material, but to create a public forum where the community collaboratively contributes to a significant historical resource.

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