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Friday, August 9, 2013

Touring Educational Museum’s in Second Life- Tea Couturier Reporting...



In SL I decided to take in a bit of culture and see what SL has to offer on an educational aspect. I was pleasantly surprised to find places that I found fascinating and also interesting.


My first stop was the Andy Warhol Exhibition at University of Delaware.

Andy Warhol is perhaps most readily associated with silkscreened visages of celebrities ranging from Marilyn Monroe to Chairman Mao. But these represent only a small part of Warhol’s prolific oeuvre. Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Andrew Warhol studied design at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (today, Carnegie Mellon University). When he graduated, he went to New York City, where he launched a successful career as a commercial artist and shortened his name to Warhol.
At the University of Delaware Andy Warhol: Behind the Camera is the first of several smaller exhibitions in the West Gallery that will examine specific facets of the University Museums collections. It gives you the opportunity to see his collection if you’re a lover of art when you may have never been able to.
A good place to have a day out.








My second stop was The David Rumsey Map Collection

The David Rumsey Collection was started nearly 20 years ago, and focuses primarily on cartography of the Americas from the 18th and 19th centuries, but also has maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. The collection includes atlases, globes, school geographies, books, maritime charts, and a variety of separate maps, including pocket, wall, children's and manuscript.
It is one of the largest private map collections in the United States.  With over 150,000 historical maps. Digitization of the map library began in 1997; currently there are over 17,000 high resolution images of the maps, available for free at www.davidrumsey.com.
An interesting place to visit and also amazing to know that there are not only so many maps you can collect but to also see them dating back to long ago and how they would have looked in that period.




Third Stop was an exhibition was we remember fallen heroes and the living heroes who fought in World War 1 & 2.

The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a sim which is set out to mirror how life would have been during World War 1 and 2. It’s starts off with the camp and if you take a hud you will get a guided tour which I felt was really helpful to get an accurate account of what is actually occurring or would have occurred at the camp. If you walk through the camp you will then take a TP to the trenches. They were recreated to resemble the trenches of World War 1 & 2.
This is an educational resource that includes an exciting new exhibition in the three-dimensional virtual world SL.
To read more about this exhibition you can visit:
 http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ww1lit/



Overall, this was a very enlightening experience and one I will defiantly do again.
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