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 exciting and innovative ways of looking at our heritage. Our Digital Past collates striking images created during the course of the Royal Commission’s survey and interpretation work, including 3D computer reconstructions such as the Jonah Jones’s sculpture, ‘Y Bont’, formerly at Coleg Harlech; gigapixel photography marking the tours of European Travellers; laser scan surveys of sites ranging from Ceredigion landmarks Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn Church and the Ystrad Einion mine underground waterwheel to Cadw monument Tintern Abbey; LiDAR surveys of Welsh islands; and multi-beam sonar data surveys of Welsh wrecks dating from the First World War. Christopher Catling, Secretary of the Royal Commission, said, “Digital technology has developed by leaps and bounds in the last five years and this exciting exhibition demonstrates the ways in which the Royal Commission is using innovative new ways of recording and showcasing the heritage — underground, overground and beneath the sea”.

Digital reconstruction of Ystrad Einion Metal Mine, Ceredigion (NPRN 33908) created by the Royal Commission as part of the Ceredigion County Council PLWM initiative with ay-pe Ltd.

This exhibition, running from 5 February until 23 March 2020, marks the Royal Commission’s eleventh successful Digital Past Conference (12 and 13 February) which promotes understanding of the latest digital applications in the heritage field. For further information, please visit: https://rcahmw.gov.uk/about-us/digital-past-conference/ This exhibition will be accessible to the visually impaired using the Vizgu interactive app .

From point clouds to virtual worlds, come and see the heritage of Wales as never before!

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‘Multi-directional hillshade’ LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) visualisation of Bardsey Island (NPRN 402783) produced as part of the Royal Commission’s European-funded CHERISH project. Data collected by Blue Sky International.

02/05/2020

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