De Montfort University and the Universities of Durham and Nottingham in New AHRC Funded Digital Heritage Project

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The Digital Building Heritage Group at De Montfort University is leading a new AHRC funded Connected Communities, Community Heritage project. “Digital Building Heritage: Phase 3” (AHRC Grant Ref: AHL0132901) which runs from February 2014 to January 2015. It’s a collaborative project with colleagues at the archaeology departments of the University of Durham and the University of Nottingham to develop community based methods of heritage interpretation of archaeological sites with significant architecture based around the use of digital technologies and mobile device apps. This project directly follows on from several AHRC funded projects undertaken separately at all three universities, De Montfort, Durham and Nottingham and involves two community heritage groups, The Southwell Community Archaeology Group (SCAG) in Nottinghamshire and the Archaeological and Architectural Society of Durham and Northumberland. The aim of the research is to understand how the explanatory and interrogatory potential of mobile device technology (software apps) can be used to build community-led analysis, interpretations, presentation and education within community archaeology projects. The objective will be to co-produce with community archaeology partners one or more prototype apps by digitally visualising historical remains, inviting communities to question, adapt, challenge, add-to or reshape the interpretation through the app and recording and analysing those choices to map preferred paradigms of community archaeological interpretation. This is an exciting new initiative which creates an entirely new collaborative CC network focused on the digital interpretation of community archaeology. By the end of the project it’s intended that a clear and well informed pathway will have been mapped for future and widespread development of digitally enabled participatory heritage interpretation of community archaeology projects. For further information contact Dr. Douglas Cawthorne at DCawthorne@dmu.ac.uk (De Montfort), Dr. David Petts at d.a.petts@durham.ac.uk (Durham), Dr. Chris King at Chris.King@nottingham.ac.uk (Nottingham) [Image: Binchester Roman Fort excavations – courtesy of University of Durham].

About Douglas Cawthorne

Reader in Digital Heritage at De Montfort University.
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