Digital Past Blog

Free Digital Past Conference February 2021


Join us as a part of a global audience for this year’s free, online International Digital Past Conference. The programme is now viewable here. As well ...

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Digital Past 2021 goes online as a free event


Wednesday 10 February 2021: Conference8-12 February 2021: Workshops Digital Past 2021: New Technologies in Heritage, Interpretation and Outreach  ...

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Behind-the-scenes tour of the archives and stores of the Royal Commission and the National Library of Wales!

Workshops at Digital Past 2020


In addition to a range of wonderful speakers, Digital Past 2020 has a diverse range of nine workshops on offer for delegates. The workshops occur on the mornin ...

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Asinou interior frescoes. © Dr Marinos Ioannides. Only with the permission of the author.

Digital Past 2020: Our Second Keynote Session!


Our second keynote session is held on the second afternoon of Digital Past, bringing all the delegates together for another fantastic set of speakers. Asin ...

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Our Digital Past: an exhibition on new technologies in heritage and interpretation


Opening on 5 February 2020 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre Café, an exhibition by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales showcases e ...

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Digital Survey at Digital Past 2020


Our Digital Survey session will be on the first afternoon of the conference, 12 February, and we are pleased to welcome speakers who will be talking about surv ...

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Cadw site, Bryn Celli Ddu Chambered tomb, Anglesey

Digital Heritage at Digital Past 2020: Session 2


For our second Digital Heritage session at Digital Past we are pleased to welcome a diverse range of speakers.   Our first presentation deals with the ...

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Digital Archives – Digital Past 2020

Digital Archiving at Digital Past 2020


Our Digital Data session at Digital Past 2020 will take place on the second day, Thursday 13 February, with this year’s theme being Digital Archives. SEA ...

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Adam Clarke - Digital Past 2020

Digital Heritage at Digital Past 2020: Session 1


Two of our specialist sessions at Digital Past are devoted to Digital Heritage – looking at how digital technologies and systems can aid and advance interpre ...

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Digital Past 2020: Our First Keynote Session!


Our first keynote session will be held from 10.15am on the morning of the 12th of February 2020 and we are delighted to announce an exciting and diverse range ...

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Welcome to Digital Past 2020!


Digital Past 2020 is being held in the Victorian seaside town of Aberystwyth, in the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. Organised by the Royal Commission on the Ancie ...

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Digital Past 2018 Workshops


In addition to the many and varied presentations at Digital Past, the conference also offers a range of practical workshops, held on the morning of Thursday 8th ...

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Digital Data at Digital Past 2018


In addition to our sessions on Digital Survey and Digital Heritage, Digital Past 2018 will also be hosting a session on Digital Data. Nick White is the IT Ma ...

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Digital Survey at Digital Past


Digital Past 2018 is showcasing a very exciting range of survey projects, highlighting a range of innovative methodologies and techniques for land, air and sea. ...

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Digital Past: Our Sponsors


At the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments we strive hard to keep our Digital Past conference as affordable as possible. We know that it is oft ...

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Digital Heritage at Digital Past: Part 2


Digital Past’s first Digital Heritage session, held on the 7th February, will focus on Digital Heritage projects in Wales. Rebecca Evans is Interpretation ...

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Digital Heritage at Digital Past: Part 1


There will be two Digital Heritage sessions run at Digital Past 2018. Thursday 8 February 2018 will cover a wide variety of talks from the use of social media a ...

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Our keynote speakers continued


We are happy to announce the three speakers that will form our second keynote session at Digital Past 2018. on the afternoon of the 8th February, we are excited ...

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Our First Keynote Speakers Announced


We are extremely pleased to announce the Keynote Speakers that will make up our first Keynote session at Digital Past 2018. Wednesday 7th February will see S ...

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Supporting Digital Past 2017…


Each year, the Royal Commission is extremely grateful to those organisations who support the Digital Past conference through sponsorship. As a non-profit making ...

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Measuring our Interaction with Digital Heritage Apps ‘in the Wild’


Brecon Beacons National Park Authority’s ‘Walking with Romans’ project won the Discover Heritage Award for excellence in interpretation of cultural and na ...

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Open Collections, New Connections: Fostering Engagement with Digitally Accessible Archives


The Archives & Access project has made over 52,000 pieces from Tate Archive of British Art digitally accessible, and produced of a range of interactive digi ...

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The History of the Future


Our keynote speaker Dr Alexy Karenowska from the Institute for Digital Archaeology will talk about the possibilities for cultural preservation and archaeology ...

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Commemorating the Forgotten U-boat War around the Welsh Coast 1914-18


Deanna Groom, Maritime Officer at RCAHMW and Mike Roberts, Research Officer at Centre for Applied Marine Sciences, Bangor University will be outlining the aims ...

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Photo Credit: Phil Hurd

Enriching The List …


In June 2016 Historic England launched ‘Enriching The List’, a development of the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), to enable those using it to add ...

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The Research & Education Space – Connecting Publicly Held Collections and Archives to Inspire New Ways of Learning


The Research and Education Space project is a partnership between the BBC, JISC and Learning on Screen aimed at improving the digital resources available at all ...

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Virtual Heritage Wales – Caerwent Roman Town


Would you like to visit Roman Caerwent as it existed in first century AD Britain? Using immersive Virtual Reality headsets, Jane Ellis of First Campus and Craig ...

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Digital Engagement and Education


We are extremely pleased to welcome Owen Llywelyn, outreach and participation manager for the National Library of Wales, as one of our keynote speakers at Digit ...

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Using WhatsApp as a Crowdsourcing Platform


Folcloristas de Panamá is a group devoted to the sharing and discussion of the history and folklore of Panama. Without access to expensive, specialised crowd-s ...

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Tracing the Past: A Digital Analysis of the North Transept and Chancel Vaults at Nantwich St Mary’s Church


The Tracing the Past project is an interdisciplinary project within Liverpool University aimed at further understanding the design and construction of medieval ...

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Code the Collection: The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre and the BBC Micro:bit


We are extremely pleased to welcome Juno Rae of the Samsung Digital Learning Programme at the British Museum back to Digital Past! The Samsung Digital Discov ...

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Preserving the Past… Enriching the Future…


Atlantic Geomatics are being welcomed back to Digital Past after providing one of our most popular Unconference session talks ever in 2016. Tim Viney, Managi ...

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Going for Gold….


As part of our Open Data session, Digital Past will be welcoming Dr Dinusha Mendis, Professor of Intellectual Property law and Co-Director of the Centre for Int ...

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Virtually Reconstructing Heritage…


As a pioneering company in digital survey and imaging, Luminous has built an impressive reputation for its innovative turnkey solutions across the areas of surv ...

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Hidden Landscapes of a Roman Frontier


As part of the Digital Past 2017 session on Digital Survey we will be welcoming Nick Hannon, a PhD candidate working on the research project ‘Hidden Landscape ...

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Lives of the First World War: Creating a Digital Memorial


Digital Past 2017 is extremely pleased to host Charlotte Czyzyk, Project Manager for the Imperial War Museum project Lives of the First World War, as one of our ...

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Aerial photograph of the Riverfront Arts Centre, Newport, 2011

Register Your Place at Digital Past 2017 Now…


The speaker programme for Digital Past 2017 is almost complete! The range of fantastic speakers, from around the UK and beyond, can be found on the Conferenc ...

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Bubble Chart with things depicted in the Welsh Landscape Collection

The Power of Open Data


It is nearly 20 years since the National Library of Wales started digitising its collections, meaning that hundreds of thousands of digital items are now archiv ...

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Digital Past welcomes the return of 3deep


3deep Media are a company well known for their cutting edge and high quality modelling and immersive experiences of historic ship wrecks and other underwater si ...

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The Journey From BIAB to ADS Library


The Archaeology Data Service is an organisation which supports research, learning and teaching in the field of archaeology by making high quality and dependable ...

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Unlocking the Secrets of a Medieval Merchant Vessel


In 2002 construction of the Riverfront Theatre, venue for Digital Past 2017, was underway. While excavating the banks of the River Usk for the provision of an o ...

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The More You Give, The More You Get…


We are very pleased to announce that Jill Cousins, Executive Director of Europeana, will be speaking at Digital Past 2017 as one of our keynotes. Jill will be i ...

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Welcome to Digital Past 2017!


Digital Past 2017 is being held in The Riverfront, one of Wales’ leading venues and conveniently located on Newport’s newly redeveloped riverfront. Organise ...

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