(Ministry of Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece)

Keywords: ottoman monument, ottoman archives, oral history, digital techniques

This paper presents the museological study of the permanent exhibition of the Thessaloniki Islahhane and the ways IT technologies are implemented. The Islahhane of Thessaloniki is an ottoman complex (orphanage and technical school), later a foundry that is enlisted and protected from the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Greece.The Unit of Modern Monuments and Technical Works of Central Macedonia aims at restoring and reusing the Islahhane complex.
Historical information from the BOA archives in Ankara combined with oral history are used in an immersing reality system, where two digitized actors, “Ziya” an early 20th century pupil from Serbia that studied in Islahhane and “Sultana” a woman worker at the 1960’s foundry, are acting as multimedia guides to the infrastructure’s history. Additionally, a series of interviews with former foundry workers were filmed, based on a predefined questionnaire. All the produced material was properly implemented – through digital technology – in the creation of an interactive application that depicts an essential part of the history of metal-workers in the foundry.
The project team presents the procedure from the initial designing steps to the final products-museum objects, showing the difficulties, the modifications and the alternations that were necessary during the evolving of the digital applications.

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This paper presents the digital applications used on the presentation to the general public of a new cultural heritage monument, the Islahhane of Thessaloniki.

Immersing reality and digital actors.

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