Keynote Talks

Friday 20th November

3D Interpretation and Presentation of Cultural Heritage: Case Studies from The Scottish Ten Project

Dr Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager at Historic Scotland

The Scottish Ten Project has set out to digitally document in 3D Scotland’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites and five international heritage sites over the last five years. Using state-of-the-art digital technologies, including 3D laser scanners, a highly accurate 3D record has been created by the team for each of the ten sites. Once this 3D data has been acquired, it can be used for a range of purposes, including conservation monitoring and heritage management. The 3D data lends itself particularly well to interpretation and presentation of heritage sites. This paper will discuss case studies from Scotland and other countries where the Scottish Ten is contributing to communicating heritage stories through digital platforms.


Saturday 21st November

Virtually Real or Really Virtual: towards a Heritage Metaverse

Dr. Jeremy Huggett, Head of the School of Humanities and Senior Lecturer in Archaeology, University of Glasgow

Leon Wieseltier recently summarised his critique of modern culture as “Too much digital, not enough critical thinking, more physical reality”. Certainly the hype surrounding the impending mainstreaming of Virtual Reality can seem to prioritise the digital above the critical. As we are at a pivotal point in the development of VR, it provides an important opportunity to consider the emergence of virtual heritage and its potential futures. What are our objectives and where do the challenges lie?