SALT’s online exhibitions at Google Cultural Institute

SALT joins Google Cultural Institute with five online exhibitions from the Ottoman Bank Archive.
Part of SALT Research collections, the Ottoman Bank Archive not only makes available the narrative of an institution which served as the central bank and treasurer of the Ottoman Empire, but also offers a representation of life during a certain era. The archive reflects the little-known world of the late-Ottoman and early-Republican periods, during which the bank played a central role.

The archive, summarized in five exhibitions at Google Cultural Institute, highlights the significant changes, developments and crises experienced over an 80-year period—from the date of the Ottoman Bank’s founding until 1933, when it gained private commercial bank status. These exhibitions play a significant role in making valuable documents accessible, conserved by the bank since 1890. The exhibitions refer to the changes in lifestyle and state administration during late-Ottoman and early-Republican periods as well as the transformations that occurred during the transition between these two periods.

SALT presents the following online exhibitions at Google Cultural Institute: The Founding Years and the Difficult Times (1856-1880), Redressing the Situation (1881-1894), The Expansion Period (1895-1913), War and Crisis (1914-1920), A New Balance and Epil (1921-1931). This series starts with the establishment of the Ottoman Bank in 1856 and continues to represent its most influential times, followed by its transformation into a private commercial bank, providing limited services after the establishment of The Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey in 1931.

The Ottoman Bank Archive and the Ottoman Bank Museum are located at SALT Galata.

Google Cultural Institute

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online. With a team of dedicated Googlers, Google is building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all. At Google Cultural Institute you can find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe.

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