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Technology is being used to enhance experiences, enable way finding and improve accessibility of Heritage sites and artefacts. From laser-scanning and virtual recreations, to museum experiences and artefact preservation, technology is playing a new role in Heritage.

The special topic for discussion at this event is Bringing Archaeological sites to life – how is Digital Technology being used to enhance the experience and convey more information to the visitor?

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  • Welcome - UHI (10:30)
  • Presentation 1 – GCU
  • Lunch and hands-on demonstration on arrival
  • Presentation 2 – St Andrews
  • Close (14:30)


Welcome - Dr Hugo Anderson-Whymark is a Lecturer at the Archaeology Institute, University of Highlands and Islands, Kirkwall. Hugo is a prehistorian engaged in fieldwork at the Ness of Brodgar and a specialist in flint and stone tools. In recent years he has undertaken an analysis of laser scan data from Stonehenge and used 3d modelling to document and disseminate various archaeological sites and artefacts, including many in Orkney.

Presentation 1 – Eddie Horn from Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment will give an overview of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality…. Behind the Jargon. This presentation will explore how VR AR can be used within the heritage sector to enhance the visitor experience and convey information to the visitor in a more dynamic and relevant way. We will also discuss techniques for acquiring digital 3D models of heritage sites and/or artefacts.

Eddie Horn previously worked in the private sector as an Interactive Producer developing and creating multimedia applications and websites for a range of industries. Then moved to Glasgow Caledonian University and established a suite of undergraduate and post-graduate courses specialising in digital media technology with a particular emphasis in 3D visualisation. Areas of interest and research include Laser Scanning, Photogrammetry, 3D modelling and Animation, Virtual and Augmented Reality.

Presentation 2 – St Andrews, Dr Alan Miller, Dr Richard Bates & Catherine Cassidy

Bringing the hidden into the light – reconstructing lost landscapes that are now often drowned from rising sea levels is vital in our understanding of the past. This session will look at how dramatic visualisations can bring life to these lost lands and help demonstrate the extant heritage within them. Archaeological sites offer intriguing insights into the past yet despite the success of Movies and TV programs built around archaeology can prove difficult to decode and make easily accessible to the public. Emergent technology such as drones, smart phones, photogrammetry and digital modelling all offer practical ways of breaking out from dry technical reports or over dramatized fiction to make archaeological discoveries

Dr Alan Miller is a lecturer in Digital Heritage and Smart History at the University of St Andrews. Alan has worked with Museums and Heritage Centres across the highlands and Islands to push the boundaries of emergent technologies can be used to promote and preserve heritage. Collaboration with, Shetland Museum, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Timespan Museum, the Aros Centre, Groam House and Speyside Wildlife have featured immersive exhibitions and virtual reality apps of subjects such as St Kilda, the Caen Township and Featherland Fishing Station.

Dr Richard Bates, is a Reader at University of St Andrews. Richard has a long standing association with the digitisation of heritage data working on projects across the globe. He has a particular interest in island archaeology with current projects in the Western Isles and Orkney that include digital survey on land and water. Richard has also pioneered the application of digital technologies to bring alive digital sites, working with GIS and game engines to turn survey data into interactive digital models and simulations.

Catherine Anne Cassidy is a PhD candidate within the University of St Andrews and Smart History. Catherine has an MLitt in Museum and Galleries Studies and is now studying for a Ph.D. in Computer Science. She has worked as a research fellow for the European Union Latin America and Caribbean Museums (EU-LAC) Horizon 2020 project. Roles has included the design and delivery of 3D and Spherical Media workshops which have been delivered in 9 countries and over 20 museums. She has also worked on the design of the EU-LAC 3D Virtual Museum (www.eu-lac.org), which showcases the outputs from these workshops.

This event is free to attend and fully funded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and organised with the support of Interface, as part of the Year for Heritage, History and Archaeology. Special thanks to St Andrews and Glasgow Caledonian University for taking time out to come and share their expertise.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. HIE are committed to helping enterprises of all sectors and all sizes to make the most of digital technology in the way they operate and promote their business. Find out more at http://hellodigital.scot/

2017 has been designated the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology to celebrate Scotland’s unique history and heritage through a series of exciting events and activity, highlighting and celebrating both our tangible and intangible heritage – our buildings, visitor attractions, archaeological sites as well as our diverse stories, traditions and culture – all with a focus on engagement and participation.

Interface connects organisations of all sizes, from all sectors, to the right academic expertise for increased R&D activity leading to the creation and development of new products, services and processes. Their free and impartial service has helped hundreds of organisations to become more competitive enabling them to increase their profits, maximise their export potential and ultimately become more sustainable. Interface can help organisations access a range of funding options to offset the cost of their project and with team members on the ground, from the Borders to the Highlands & Islands, they can help businesses wherever they are, whatever their need – for more information visit www.interface-online.org.uk

Founded in the 15th century, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. With a strong background in delivering digital projects for the Heritage sector, including Timespan, the Open Virtual Worlds Research Group was established in 2007 with a focus in creating digital historic scenes. https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/

Glasgow Caledonian University are an international centre of excellence in Higher Education. The School of Engineering and Built Environment brings together the Department of Construction and Surveying, Department of Engineering and Department of Computer, Communications and Interactive Systems. Inter-departmental collaborations allows the school to combine traditional knowledge with cutting-edge practice. http://www.gcu.ac.uk/

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