Virtual reconstructions in education and heritage management

Impact: Cultural, Creative Impact, Educational Impact (Beyond St Andrews)


Dr Sweetman’s research on the churches of the late-antique Peloponnese included a virtual reconstruction of the Acropolis Basilica in Sparta, which was developed in conjunction with a pair of publications on the pedagogical applications of virtual reconstructions. This initial work led to the development of nine other virtual reconstructions – including St Andrews Cathedral, Linlithgow Palace and the Brora Salt Pans in Sutherland – which have contributed to making cultural heritage more accessible to a wide range of users. Specifically:
i. They have helped a range of tourist and cultural heritage bodies in Scotland and beyond to improve accessibility by means of virtual tourism and to increase public interest in local heritage. (Public understanding and heritage management)
ii. They have been used in the classrooms of seven Scottish schools in projects related to the Curriculum for Excellence, resulting in increased understanding of and enthusiasm for archaeology and Scottish and classical history. They have influenced Education Scotland in their development of new plans for using digital technologies to enhance learning, and have been made available via Education Scotland’s ‘Glow’ website to schools throughout Scotland. (Education)
Impact statusClosed
Category of impactCultural, Creative Impact, Educational Impact (Beyond St Andrews)


  • REF2014 case study