01 November 2017

Digital Heritage (Dunoon, Argyll)

Price: Free


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 Digital Exhibits within Museums and Galleries – best practice example and memorable experiences.


  • Hands-on demonstration on arrival (13:00)
  • Welcome
  • Presentation 1 – GCU
  • Break
  • Presentation 2 – St Andrews
  • Close (16:30)

Presentation 1– Eddie Horn from Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and Built Environment will provide an Introduction to creating 3D digital models using laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques. How can these models be used within virtual reality and augmented reality applications to create a memorable experience for the visitor (real or virtual!)

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 Bess Rhodes, Professor Rebecca Sweetman & Alison Hadfield

This session will look at both the different types of digital exhibits, but also at how digital exhibits can be mixed with physical exhibits to create mixed reality exhibitions. We look forward to the day when using 3D and 360 media will become normal and be integrated into exhibition design workflows. We will also look at the Value of digital 3D Material Culture in Museums and Learning Environment.

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 Bess Rhodes is a research fellow at the University of St Andrews and Smart History. Bess holds a Doctorate in history from St Andrews. Bess is currently head of history at Smart History and has recently worked on the Iron Age, Medieval and Modern periods. She specialises in archive research and is great at turning up new finds and highlighting significant events in accessible language. Bess has recently worked for Historic Environment Scotland researching Edinburgh Castle and Scottish tournaments. She has also worked in developing content for virtual reality apps such as Edinburgh 1544.

Professor Rebecca Sweetman is a Professor in Archaeology at the University of St Andrews. Rebecca has a long running interest in the application of digital methods to make Archaeology come alive. This has included developing digital reconstructions based upon archaeological evidence and more recently the use of digital objects within formal and informal contexts. Recent work has investigated how museums can use digital objects to make a difference in how people understand the past.

Alison Hadfield is Learning and Access Curator at the Museum Collections Unit in University of St Andrews. Alison has extensive experiences in museum outreach work, organising and running workshops, school visits and community engagement for MUSA. Within this context she has experience in working with digital objects and investigating how they can best be used to enhance the learning experience.


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/


01 November 2017 13:00 - 16:30


The Fairmile Building - Dunoon
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