Virtual Heritage Project

We are seeking candidates from diverse backgrounds - digital media artists, creative writers, 3D designers, heritage professionals, educators, media producers and games developers - who want to direct their interests in culture toward the realization of new and original works.

One way of defining virtual heritage is the digital ‘visualisation’ or ‘recreation’ of a culture through its artefacts. Virtual heritage projects typically “recreate” or “reconstruct” the past for a variety of reasons; when a culture is no longer with us, when a culture is so ingrained that we do not normally notice or appreciate it, or when the remains of a past society or civilisation are inaccessible or scattered. There are a number of areas where research techniques developed in the field of virtual heritage are proving to have significant impact. For example:

  • The use of 3D animation and Virtual Reality technology to visualise, archive and communicate both tangible and intangible cultural material
  • Game engines such as Unity are being used to create simulations, visualisations and interactive narratives to explore past cultures
  • New interface technologies are allowing researchers to interact with virtual heritage data through augmented reality and haptic devices

This PhD project offers students the opportunity to explore the application of emerging techniques and technologies through a digital application and accompanying exegesis. Such a research project might address the following research domains:

  • The evidence based recreation of archaeological, mythological & historical game worlds
  • The incorporation of intangible heritage in virtual heritage applications
  • Narrative and cultural immersion in virtual reality environments
  • The design & evaluation of cultural simulations in virtual environments
  • Applied research in the development and deployment of GIS datasets, digital heritage archives, 3D visualizations, interactive digital simulations
  • Repositories, frameworks and online interfaces for the preservation and storage of GIS datasets, digital heritage archives related file formats

Project Supervisors: Tom Chandler, Vince Dziekan, Jon McCormack

For more information, please contact Tom Chandler