University to establish £1M UK National Centre for Digital Heritage

The Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) at the University of Liverpool has been awarded £1million funding to establish the UK’s first National Centre for Digital Heritage Research.

The new Centre aims to make Liverpool a global leader in digital heritage research, preservation and enterprise creating a digital heritage ecosystem and strategy for the Liverpool City Region.

The new Centre will be located at VEC’s Sci-Tech Daresbury base in the Liverpool City Region. The Secretary of State for Science, Innovation and Technology announced the project as one of a number of national projects funded under its World Class Laboratories Fund that aims to expand and upgrade the UK’s world class research infrastructure, including digital infrastructure.

The VEC’s Head of Digital Industrialisation, Dr Konstantin Vikhorev, said: “Digital heritage is the use of digital technology to improve the understanding and preservation of cultural and natural heritage. The new centre builds on the VEC’s 13-year history of leading Digital Transformation across many different industries and will provide access to cutting-edge facilities that will pioneer a new approach to preserving, promoting, and progressing cultural heritage through technologies such as AI, Blockchain and the Metaverse.”

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