Laser Scanning in South Wales

Seffan & Asem #2 cropped (small)

The Digital Building Heritage Group is on the road again, this time heading to South Wales. In the first of two projects they will be undertaking there this week Steffan and Asem will be laser scanning a rare 16th century farmhouse, with an earlier medieval core which may have included a tower house. Court Farm at Pembrey in Carmarthenshire is being cared for by our community heritage partners the Friends of Court Farm ( ) who we are working with through our AHRC Connected Communities programme. The building is the largest surviving pre-Renaissance manor house in Carmarthenshire and is in a ruinous condition so recording the structure in as much detail as possible will have a number of benefits not least of which is that it will allow a highly accurate digital reconstruction of the building at various stages of its development. Expert analysis will be on hand this week from academics and historians who have been involved with Court Farm and Welsh architecture for many years and will allow the DBHG team to focus on recording aspects of the building where it is felt that digital technologies can reveal most about the structure. Digitally preserving and digitally reconstructing the remains of regional vernacular buildings like Court Farm is a vital aspect of preserving and communicating physical and cultural heritage because small, regional buildings like Court Farm broaden the historical canvas of a nations life. Working with the Friends of Court Farm to digitally record and interpret the building will help them in their campaign to rebuilt and restore it to its former glory and bring back to the people of South Wales an important part of their rural history. We’ll be reporting how the team get on at Court Farm over the next couple of days.


About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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