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 interpretation, engagement, community working and education among other things.
The first session, to be held on the afternoon of the 12 February brings together different ways of connecting with a diverse range of audiences, utilising digital heritage to touch the lives of these audiences, together with a look at funding.
Unloved Heritage? is a Wales-wide National Lottery Heritage Funded youth-led project aimed at highlighting areas of heritage that are overlooked or uncared for. It relinquishes the platform of heritage interpretation from traditional voices and sources, and instead turns it over to young people. Penelope Foreman, community archaeologist with the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust group, in conjunction with representatives of the young people making up the group, will discuss the digital requirements of the project. While much of the project is dictated by the young people themselves, key requirements include digital archiving and publication and this presentation will examine the relevance of this to a younger generation. Full abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/4.-Unloved-Heritage-Eng.pdf
We welcome back artist Adam Clarke to the conference, who joined us in 2015 to talk about Minecraft and heritage. This year Adam will be joined by Victoria Bennett, poet and co-collaborator at The Common People, to discuss their Mapping the Void project. Mapping the Void responds to the impact of climate change on the archaeology of Orkney, more specifically the human emotional response to climate change and the loss of heritage. Using VR-AR and creative writing Adam and Victoria have explored how we can respond in a positive way to the disappearance of our past and to our potential future narratives. Full abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/4.-Mapping-the-Void-Victoria-Bennett-and-Adam-Clarke-Eng.pdf
Worcester Life Stories explores how digital technologies can help people use heritage to respond to the disappearance of their individual pasts. Sheena Payne-Lunn of Worcester City Historic Environment Record and Dr Natasha Lord, older Adult Psychology lead at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust will discuss the collaborative project between the two organisations and the NHS Global Exemplar Team that looks to utilise heritage resources to support older adults living with dementia via an app, along with other adults at risk of loneliness, carers and mental health professionals. Full Abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/4.-Worcester-Life-Stories-Eng.pdf
To finish the session we will be welcoming Jamie Davies, International Partnerships and Engagement Manager at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The AHRC is part of UK Research and Innovation, a new body that works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. Over the past few years AHRC has built upon its previous investments and enhanced its work in heritage through partnerships with other agencies, targeted funding calls and collaborations both in the UK and internationally. This short presentation will provide an overview of current heritage funding opportunities and outline key programmes and activities. Full Abstract: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/4.-AHRC-Jamie-Davies-Eng.pdf
Digital Past: New technologies in heritage, interpretation and outreach
12 & 13 February 2020, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth