Exploring heritage through time and space : Supporting community reflection on the highland clearances
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On the two hundredth anniversary of the Kildonan clearances, when people were forcibly removed from their homes, the Timespan Heritage centre has created a program of community centred work aimed at challenging pre conceptions and encouraging reflection on this important historical process. This paper explores the innovative ways in which virtual world technology has facilitated community engagement, enhanced visualisation and encouraged reflection as part of this program. An installation where users navigate through a reconstruction of pre clearance Caen township is controlled through natural gestures and presented on a 300 inch six megapixel screen. This environment allows users to experience the past in new ways. The platform has value as an effective way for an educator, artist or hobbyist to create large scale virtual environments using off the shelf hardware and open source software. The result is an exhibit that also serves as a platform for experimentation into innovative ways of community co-creation and co-curation.
McCaffery , J P , Miller , A H D , Kennedy , S E , Dawson , T , Vermehren , A , Lefley , C & Strickland , K 2013 , Exploring heritage through time and space : Supporting community reflection on the highland clearances . in Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage), 2013 . vol. 1 , IEEE , pp. 371-378 , Digital Heritage International Congress 2013 , Marseille , France , 28-1 November . DOI: 10.1109/DigitalHeritage.2013.6743762conference
Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage), 2013
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