XpoNorth announces Digital Heritage Workshops: Bringing Museums to the Home

Digital Heritage Workshops: Bringing Museums to the Home is a new programme of digital heritage skills workshops commencing on Thursday 28th May 2020 and running to Tuesday 23rd June 2020.

In response to the impact of Covid-19, CUPIDO European Interreg cultural heritage project has collaborated with XpoNorth Heritage to hold a programme of eight online digital skills workshops aimed at the Heritage sector and facilitated by Dr Alan Miller and Catherine Anne Cassidy, from the Open Virtual Worlds Group at the University of St Andrews. The workshops are designed to help heritage organisations develop the skills to connect with existing and potential new audiences through digital media, covering topics such as digitising collections, photogrammetry, working with phones and commodity cameras to create 360 degree images and videos.

Inspired by the #museumathome, #cultureathome and #heritageathome this series of workshops will help and support heritage volunteers, professionals and organisations connect audiences with both cultural and natural heritage.

The workshops are free to access and available to all.


Session 1: Virtual Tours: How To Make Heritage Journeys

Thursday 28 May

Virtual Tours offer virtual travel in time and space. A virtual traveller can explore historic buildings, dramatic landscapes of the discoveries of archaeology without leaving their home. Creating a virtual tour enables audiences to connect with heritage during lockdown and provides a valuable permanent resource.

4.00pm: How to make a virtual tour

5.00pm: Showcase of example tours

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Session 2: Virtual Gallery: Digitising Movable Cultural Heritage

Tuesday 2 June

Artefacts lie at the heart of museums, they provide gateways to imagine how people lived in the past, to the stories and lives associated with the object. Yet at the best of times an artefact can only be in one place and at the worst we are locked out from that place. Digitisation offers the potential for representations of artefacts to be accessed from anywhere in the world and act as a stimulus for imagination and education.

4.00pm: How to make a virtual gallery

5.00pm: Showcase of digital galleries

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Session 3: Social Media: Connecting with Heritage

Thursday 4 June

Millions of people use social media everyday, often social media is the easiest way to connect with existing and new audiences. However, it can soak up a huge amount of time. In this session we will look at how to communicate heritage through social media whilst maximising impact and minimising effort.

4.00pm: Making the most of social media for heritage

5.00pm: Heritage social media showcase (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, TikTok and Twitch)

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Session 4: Virtual Heritage Journeys through Digital Maps

Tuesday 9 June

Maps provide a great way to look at the world and to organise heritage information. Digital maps are better still because they let us link engaging media to relevant locations and take people on virtual journeys. What is more millions of people use digital maps such as Google Maps each day, making it easy for them to join virtual heritage journeys we make.

4.00pm: Mapping Our Heritage

5.00pm: Advanced Mapping Experiences

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Session 5: Going Live with Social Media

Thursday 11 June

There is something special about live. Whether it be sporting events, music or theatre the canned, repeated or recorded versions all have something missing. With social media it is now possible to do our own Do It Yourself live broadcasting. Whether it be a walk-around a site, a guided tour of a digital reconstruction of a panel discussion, the opportunity for the audience to engage and direct can transform the experience.

4.00pm: Go Live!: DIY Webinars and Broadcasts

5.00pm: Roundtable of Panels and Audience Experience

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Session 6: Virtual Reality

Tuesday 16 June

Through digital reconstructions of historic, places scenes and artefacts visitor can travel through time and space to experience and explore both natural and cultural heritage. Walking the streets of pre reformation Edinburgh, climbing to a Pictish hill fort or sampling the wonder of a medieval Cathedral all become possible with virtual reality.

4.00pm: Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

5.00pm: Digital Reconstruction Showcase

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Session 7: Creative Commons and Wikipedia

Thursday 18 June

Working in the digital domain, it is easy to make copies and for these to be shared. The Creative Commons provides a framework which can be used for licensing the way digitised heritage is used. Wikipedia uses creative commons licensing to provides a global repository of knowledge. We will look at the advantages and methods of connecting heritage into this repository.

4.00pm: The Creative Commons, Public Domain and Intellectual Property

5.00pm: Wikipedia, wiki medias and wiki commons

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Session 8: Virtual Museums

Tuesday 23 June

A virtual museum can provide a framework for organising digital content and for putting on exhibits and exhibitions. Done right it should help connect communities with their heritage and provide a platform for projecting that heritage to wider communities and audiences. It should provide resources which empower volunteers and professionals to create digital exhibits and exhibitions.

4.00pm: Putting It Together in a Virtual Museum

5.00pm: Virtual Museums in an Age of Pandemics, Climate Change and Conflict

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