Anne Frank to Apartheid, Google Curates World History

In its latest effort to document the planet, Google has published detailed historical exhibits of 42 major events with never-before-released photos and video.

by / October 11, 2012

Google made a big addition to its Cultural Institute, teaming up with 17 historical institutions to present major historical events with never-before-released photos and video. Detailed coverage of events like a love affair at Auschwitz, a decade of Nelson Mandela and 40 other major world events dating back to 1905 are outlined with photos, video, archives of letters, manuscripts and quotes. Users can zoom in to see content in great detail, and search the archive for specific people, countries or dates.

“As the nation’s leading social history attraction, one of our highest priorities is to share our eclectic and interesting collections with audiences from further afield, so they too are able to discover and explore,” said Amanda Mason, curator of the Imperial War Museum's online exhibition D-Day on the Cultural Institute. This is a fantastic opportunity for audiences across the globe to discover and see up close some of the most iconic works.”

This addition to the Cultural Institute is Google's latest attempt to archive and share history with the world. Similar past projects include the World Wonders Project, the Google Art Project, the Dead Sea Scrolls and La France en relief, each of which combine Google's mapping and multimedia technologies to guide the user through important and interesting events and subjects.

Visit the Google Cultural Institute to explore the latest additions.