Digital Access, Inclusion, and the Humanities
Across the world in 2020, the COVID-19 crisis led to the closure of the physical spaces where people engage in and with humanities research. University buildings, libraries, museums and archives were shuttered for more than a third of the year in the UK, and have only gradually been able to welcome back staff, students and visitors. Even twenty years ago, the impact of the pandemic on our ability to conduct research, to collaborate, to access cultural heritage and to share knowledge would have been devastating. Today, we have the web, social media, digitised collections of documents and objects, video and audio conferencing, online classrooms and MOOCs. All of these tools and more have been deployed to allow people to access from home the best that the humanities have to offer.