Photo-parshiya: Digital photo-album


Parshiya is an ancient word that means to be part of a group, family, community, or collective. The photo-parshiya is a digital photo-album designed to support the sharing of cultural heritage in an international women’s centre in the UK. It can be held like a book and is portable or can be docked as a double touch screen tablet display on a bespoke crafted wooden base. Learners who come to the centre have made individually designed necklaces that reflect aspects of their identities. These necklaces are networked with the tablet displays to create personalized photo-collections and have been used to accompany workshops exploring women’s heritage and migration stories. In using the photo-parshiya, many women have described how this has supported greater feelings of pride, confidence and curiosity in using digital technology to share their cultural heritage with others.