The project is funded under the Humanities Research Council’s ‘Connected Communities’ call. The project is a collaboration between the schools of Computer Science at Bangor University and Aberystwyth University, and schools of Archaeology at Bangor University and Manchester Metropolitan University and Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. This project builds on a previous AHRC £100,000 project led from Bangor of the ‘Alternative views of the lost heritage of Gwynedd’.
By collaborating with the public, it becomes possible to record our shared heritage as a genuine collaboration. The project brings together academics from three institutions, with a mixture of skills from archaeology, computer science, community engagement and also researchers from the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust.
Dr Jonathan Roberts writes:
“It is fantastic to be working with the community on this project; it will allow the community to learn more about their heritage, and while improving heritage management and allowing scientists to much more effectively monitor damage to or loss of substance of monuments. It also provides a step change in research collaboration between academia and the wider public and provide the public with a new way of meaningfully engage with their heritage.”
The formal title of the project is “Co-production of alternative views of lost heritage”. This is a ‘co-production project’, because academics are working with the public to capture alternative views of our heritage. In fact, we are doing “heritage together”. By working together with the public, and getting volunteers to take photographs of these heritage assets, we are able to record our heritage.
Thereby it is possible to capture and record many more heritage objects than would be possible if it was merely an academic project. This is exciting. Everyone together can help to make our goals.
Go out – on a free moment – and take photographs and get involved in this project.
You can go out taking photographs during your lunch break, of over a weekend, or come up to Wales and make a specific holiday of it!
So much more can be read at HERITAGETOGETHER.ORG – with guides, events and publications, as well as the opportunity to upload your own images to be turned into a unique 3D model of Welsh Heritage.