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Webinar: Heritage Lab & Smithsonian Transcription Center (Digital Public Engagement Strategies)

28 July 2021 @ 14:00 - 15:30


TaNC International Webinar Series: Digital Public Engagement Strategies
Wednesday 28th July | 14:00-15:30 BST

The Towards a National Collection Directorate is pleased to announce the fourth instalment in our International Seminar Series: Digital Public Engagement Strategies. Next Wednesday speakers from The Smithsonian Transcription Center and The Heritage Lab, will share their digital engagement strategies for engaging the public in collections, research, and education resources.


Medhavi Gandhi (Founder, The Heritage Lab)

An award-winning cultural practitioner, Medhavi Gandhi, the founder of Heritage Lab in Chandigarh, has been working in the Indian museum sector for close to a decade. Gandhi founded The Heritage Lab in November 2015. It is India’s first digital platform connecting museums and citizens through engaging campaigns, content and resources. The site is a blend of school programming, consulting for museums and cultural festivals and brand-collaboration and lies at the intersection of art, culture and museums. A champion for museums in India, Ghandi has been a driving force in getting most museums in India on social media. She has also encouraged Indian museums’ participation in global social media events such as #AskaCurator, #MuseumWeek and #Museumgames.


Caitlin Haynes (Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Transcription Center)

Caitlin Haynes is the Program Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center, where she collaborates with staff around the Smithsonian and worldwide digital volunteers to improve accessibility to the Smithsonian’s digitized historic collections. Caitlin holds an MA in U.S. History, with a special emphasis on the 19th century South, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Maryland, College Park; as well as a BA in History and Anthropology from Emory University.


Emily Cain (Community Coordinator, Smithsonian Transcription Center)

Emily Cain is the Community Coordinator for the Smithsonian Transcription Center. With previous experience as a digitization specialist, curatorial assistant, and project manager, she specializes in building community around and connections to museum collections and information. Emily holds an MA in Museum Studies, with an emphasis on collections management and museum anthropology, from the George Washington University, and a BA in Anthropology from Marshall University.

Date: 28 July 2021, 14:00-15:30 BST


14:00BST: Welcome

14:05BST: Medhavi Gandhi (Founder, The Heritage Lab)

14:35BST: Caitlin Haynes & Emily Cain (Coordinator and Community Coordinator, Smithsonian Transcription Center)

15:05BST: Webinar Q&A

15:30BST: Webinar ends

Note: The event will be recorded and available on the Towards a National Collection YouTube Channel



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