Science and Heritage Programme

Modelling, Interpretation and Alternate Representations: Visualization technology, Heritage Buildings & Coastal Threats

School of Computer Science, Bangor University

Principal Investigator - Dr Jonathan Roberts (Bangor University)
Co Investigator - Professor Ray Karl (Bangor University)


All heritage interpretation is complex. It is often based on uncertain information, or information extrapolated from other sites. Sites may cover many periods or have had varying functions. Our approach will help heritage managers visualize and display different stages of their site's past (and present different versions of that past if desired). We will also produce models which allow the depiction of future trends by showing different possible outcomes from different scenarios. This approach reflects widely recognised gaps within visualization and presentation and its role in heritage science, as recognised by EPOCH - the European Network of Excellence in Open Cultural Heritage - and other bodies. It involves addressing considerable challenges within visualization research, which form the first phase of the network discussions.

The network aims to further develop heritage science interest within and beyond the Welsh-Irish sea area. It builds on best practice examples, develops new visualization approaches and applies these techniques to two distinct but important forms of heritage - threatened coastal archaeological sites and buildings. It will discuss modelling informed by maritime, environmental and archaeological knowledge and by knowledge of building preservation and management. It embraces multiple disciplines and a range of heritage organisations, including the National Museums of Wales and Ireland, the National Trust and English Heritage.

Wider understanding of this approach will be aided by using a 'rich-media' demo - an interactive video, developed from the discussions - displayed on the network website and in other locations. It will be used in subsequent workshops, in discussions with stakeholders, and will enhance the public engagement. Subsequently the cluster will identify new research challenges through, and lead to the preparation of an 'agenda setting' report. Finally, a substantial grant proposal will be submitted.


Event 1 - Heritage Visualizations & Technologies

February 19th-20th 2009
Bangor University (WISCA)
Link to worshop report

Event 2 - Heritage Modelling and Visualization

May 7th-8th 2009
Bangor University
Link to worshop report

Event 3 - Heritage Modelling and Visualization (Heritage Buildings & multivocality)

July 9th-10th 2009
Programme / Report and Photos
National History Museum, St Fagan’s, Cardiff

Event 4 - Virtual Heritage

March 22nd-23rd 2010.
Technium CAST, Bangor University.
Link to worshop report


St Teilo's Church - wall painting detail