April 11th and 12th 2017, Liberty Stadium Swansea.
We are inviting expressions of interest to participate in a two day interactive workshop to advance the role of the digital economy in bringing heritage to life for broader audiences and creating new economic opportunities for sustaining public access to heritage assets.This event is part of Swansea's Digital Living History Laboratory a mostly virtual and occasionally physical Laboratory focussed on the development of the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks site.Swansea University has been working on regenerating this unique site with the City and County of Swansea over four years, helping it to become a vibrant place for people to visit, live in, and work in. The Hafod-Morfa Copperworks offers unique opportunities and challenges for researchers and practitioners of digital humanities and user experience technologies which can advance good practice in this and other sites around the world;
It represents a powerful and important history for Swansea, Wales, and the world yet it is barely interpreted.
It holds significance for thousands of people and connects to memories, family histories, and local and global communities.
The 12 remaining structures on the now aesthetically pleasing site are stimulating yet struggle to tell the story of the noise, activity, heat, smell and dangers once found on the site. It needs some help from digital technology.
It has just won a major award from the Heritage Lottery Foundation and is poised to become a base for a significant visitor attraction and whisky distillery as the first phase of a major mixed-use development.
John Shearer - Lincoln – With interests around “creative play in public spaces” his research walks between Computer Science and the Arts.
Steve Benford – Nottingham - working with artists to explore how provocative and even uncomfortable interactions can provoke deep interpretations.
Ben Bedwell – Nottingham - digital gifting and museum experiences
Stakeholders will include Local Historians, CHERISH–DE, Glamorgan Gwent Archaeology Trust and City and County Of Swansea GIS mapping team, Swansea City Council Cultural Services.
To get the right people together in a relaxed and inspiring environment to explore a range of creative digital technology, user experience and/or experience led computing initiatives appropriate to the site.
To further develop a research agenda for the Digital Living History Laboratory and identify projects suitable for seed-corn funding from the CHERISH-De project on themes including; The Visitor Experience, Co-located Experience and Generating Revenue. Funding can be allocated to pan-university projects of which SU is a member.
To understand and advance the role of the digital economy in heritage sites and places of significance worldwide, especially in augmenting existing heritage, enshrining accessibility for all, engaging new audiences over and over again in meaningful interactions with heritage and place, connecting physical sites with stories and identities and ensuring sustainability of heritage.
Get in touch
For further information about the event please contact one of the organisers:
Stuart Griffin firstname.lastname@example.org College of Arts and Humanities
Thomas Reitmaier Thomas.Reitmaier@swansea.ac.uk CHERISH-De Project
Stephen Lindsay S.C.Lindsay@Swansea.ac.uk Department of Computer Science