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Heritage Dot Inaugural Conference

Joining the Dots: Partnerships, Participation & Platforms


Diane Lees, Director-General, Imperial War Museums Prof Melissa Terras, Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh Matt Lee, Head of Film, Imperial War Museums Prof Chris Speed, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh Prof Mary Stuart, Vice-Chancellor, University of Lincoln

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“Digital technology is an incredibly powerful tool that is helping more people than ever before enjoy our rich heritage”

Ros Kerslake, CEO, The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Join heritage and creative industry practitioners, academics, freelance consultants and students at networking and learning opportunity Heritage Dot at the University of Lincoln on Monday 3rd – Tuesday 4th June 2019. The two-day conference, jointly hosted by the University of LincolnImperial War Museums and The National Lottery Heritage Fund, features a packed schedule combining demonstrations, panel discussions, papers, posters and workshops around the theme of ‘joining the dots’ to debate current practice and how to shape the future of digital heritage in galleries, museum, libraries and archives and beyond.  

Meet our Speakers

Di Lees CBE (Director General, Imperial War Museums) and Professor Melissa Terras (Digital Cultural Heritage, University of Edinburgh) will share a keynote platform to debate the role of universities and cultural heritage institutions respectively, in driving and supporting ‘Digital Cultural Heritage 4.0’. Professor Chris Speed (Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh) is set to deliver a keynote focusing on value in the digital heritage economy. Matt Lee (Head of Film, Imperial War Museums) is covering the ethics of super-enhancement of First World War film. The National Lottery Heritage Fund will explore the ways that they have helped to shape digital heritage in the UK.  

Explore our Strands: the Programme

An exciting programme is taking shape, with over 70 contributions. A series of strands will run throughout the conference, with some focusing on digital methodologies in cultural heritage settings, digital applications, and a range of cultural heritage needs. Tipping technologies includes discussions on the use of social media, design of open digital archives, use of open data and standards, applications of artificial intelligence, machine learning and gaming. Performance looks at how digital supports live performance and archive, including a fascinating case study from Nottingham’s Theatre Royal. Communities covers case studies from digitising medical archives, how crowd-sourcing has built new concepts of community and even knowledge, on platforms such as Wikipedia and in a variety of settings from the Arctic to marginalised indigenous communities in the US. Divided memories features a panel discussion on how the deep scars of the bombing war in Italy have been addressed via the use of a UK-based Digital Archive and how data visualisation can express new meanings of inclusivity. Education and outreach evaluates how digital cultural heritage features in research and the contemporary classroom, from data mining to the construction of e-platforms for learning. A feature of this strand will be our Heritage Hack, involving students of the University of Lincoln engaged in solving digital challenges and reporting their findings to conference delegates. Institutions in the 21st Century includes case studies of how cultural heritage organisations and networks are using digital media to respond to the challenges of visitor engagement and sustainability, as well as curating their unique collections. There are a number of optional workshops on the Monday morning (3rd June) before the first plenary in the afternoon. To complement the several contributions dealing with the moving image, there will be a looped presentation film showcase of documentaries, movies and clips running through both days.  

Bursary Scheme – open now!

Are you from a small or independent organisation? The National Lottery Heritage Fund are funding our bursary-supported places to encourage attendance from heritage professionals and volunteers who may not otherwise be able to attend. To find out if you’re eligible and to apply for a FREE place at the conference, find out more: Heritage Dot Bursary Scheme – deadline now extended to 1 April 2019!  

22nd March 2023

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