An absorbing site, created by Arts academic Lin Holdridge, packed with photos, maps, podcasts and Prezi presentations.

I wanted to share a fantastic site created by my friend and colleague, Lin Holdridge. ‘The Early Renaissance in Florence‘ is a comprehensive guide encompassing art, sculpture and architecture. Lin details the history of the city and explores the art contained in notable buildings. She includes floorplans, videos, maps and podcasts to create a vivid account of the Renaissance and the influence of the Medici Dynasty. This is an absorbing resource whether viewed via a desktop or mobile device – ideal for fieldtrips.

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Creating the site…

With a background in academia researching and teaching Art History, Lin is currently the Visual Resources Officer for the Faculty of Arts. She had limited technical skills but, with the support of Learning Technologist, Becky Freeman, created narrated visual guides (podcasts) and the site. Lin has also produced Google maps indicating locations and Prezi presentations. I was pleased to contribute by creating images for the visual guides, illustrating how artworks would have looked at the time, and have been helping Lin while Becky is on maternity leave.


Cimabue's Madonna and Child with Angels: Santa Trinita Church

Cimabue’s Madonna and Child with Angels: Santa Trinita Church – Still from Audio Visual Guide


In Lin’s own words…

 I have been involved in going to Florence with the Art History field trips for many years. The early Renaissance in Florence is one of my research interests, and I noticed that there were three churches in the city which did not provide much information on the art works they contained, even though they were of great importance to this period in Florentine history. 


I successfully applied for Proof of Concept funding to create audio-visual guides to the three churches. Once completed, I decided to create a blogsite entitled the Early Renaissance in Florence, which would act as a visual art history guide to the city itself. 


This digital project will be particularly useful for students studying the early Renaissance, and also those going on a field trip to Florence. In addition, it stands as a model of academic e-learning.


Throughout both projects, I have had invaluable help from Learning Technologists in both the Faculty of Arts and the TIS team, proving that even without much technical know-how, projects like these can be created by academics without too much difficulty.