Digital Building Heritage Group to work with Leicester City Council in successful £1.1M HLF Townscape Heritage Initiative Award

We were delighted with the news that Leicester City Council’s (LCC’s) bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a major £1.1M Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) grant for the Greyfriars area of the city has been successful in its first phase.  The Digital Building Heritage Group (DBHG) at De Montfort University was one of four collaborative partners with LCC who were invited to contribute to the proposal development process and we presented architectural and digital aspects of the case for the award to the HLF committee in February.  The council will receive £44,700 to work up the bid and will then receive a further £1,055,700 to complete the project. The DBHG will be working with Leicester City Council to develop research and visualisation aspects of this exciting new initiative for this important part of Leicester’s historic urban fabric. DMU has been using well developed visualisation techniques for some time which allow a greater degree of engagement with an audience using its green screen studio in the DMU Fused Media Lab (see video above) Amongst other things this allows the creation of interactive videos which combine 3D digital models of the buildings in the Greyfriars area of Leicester with narrative dialogue and acting by real people. The potential for digital technologies to combine video of real people with digital environments is one of the areas which are being explored by the DBHG to find useful paradigms for greater public engagement and understanding of built heritage. Other techniques are also being examined with similar goals in mind and in particular ones which focus on the reality and public perception of the extraordinarily rich architectural detail and urban spaces of the Greyfriars area of Leicester (see below). Allowing these to be more widely appreciated and enjoyed is one of the principal aspects of the LCC’s successful bid. The LCC announcement of this award can be seen here:

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About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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