The recent demolition of a cherished historic building on a hospital campus in Shillong was marked by bells tolling, symbolising a shared sense of community loss. With ongoing development pressures in the picturesque hill station, the need to provide accessible tools for heritage documentation, community engagement, planning, and preservation is paramount.
Using innovative digital humanities tools, this project has developed an interactive online gateway dedicated to documenting Shillong’s history and heritage. Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya in north-east India, is a dynamic place where different currents of history flow together and overlap, much like the city’s rivers and streams. This collaborative effort, supported by the Unnati Research Collaboration Grants, involves historians, artists, archivists, urban heritage professionals, and data scientists, working together to preserve the city's complex stories.