About the Digital Heritage Laboratory

Where are we?

Digital Heritage Laboratory
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn, Vic 3122

Who are we?

Welcome to the Digital Heritage Laboratory

As hardware and software become obsolete, we are facing a "digital dark age", where we will not have a record of our history both cultural and scientific.

The laboratory has a collection of working vintage computer hardware, software, games, and media art from 1980s through to early 2000s.

These are employed for cross-disciplinary experimental research and teaching using obsolete tools, hardware, software and platforms to develop methods and tools to conserve, preserve and maintain access to born digital artefacts such as literature, art, and research data.

The lab also has facilities to create disk images of obsolete media for use in emulators, and to compare the emulated content to it running on the original equipment.

We do not yet have all systems and will gratefully accept donations.