Exploring canons and cathedrals with Open Virtual Worlds: The recreation of St Andrews Cathedral, St Andrews Day, 1318

Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy, Richard Fawcett, Alan Henry David Miller, Rebecca Jane Sweetman, Lisa Dow, Anne Campbell, Iain Angus Oliver, John Philip McCaffery, Colin Allison

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St Andrews Cathedral is located on the East Coast of Scotland. Construction started in 1160 and spanned Romanesque and Gothic architectural styles. It was consecrated in 1318, four years after the battle of Bannockburn in the presence of King Robert I. For several hundred years, the Cathedral was one of the most important religious buildings in Europe and the centre of religious life in Scotland. During the Reformation, John Knox himself lead reformers in divesting the Cathedral of all its finery. Thereafter it fell into disuse and decline. Today the remains hint at its former glory. Here the use of Open Virtual Worlds (OVW) to support new modes of engagement with cultural heritage is presented through the example of St Andrews Cathedral.

Open Virtual Worlds offer an extensible collaborative environment for developing historical scenes against which background material and intangible aspects of cultural heritage associated with a site may be explored. They offer the potential to reconstruct within a 3D computer environment both the physical structures of the past and important aspects of the lighting, sounds and lifestyles that once existed within those structures. Bringing together architecture, sculpture, illumination, stained-glass, music, procession and lighting into a scene, which can be explored from multiple spatial perspectives enables holistic appreciations to be developed
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage), 2013
Pages273 - 280
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9781479931682
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
EventDigital Heritage International Congress 2013 - Marseille, France
Duration: 28 Oct 20131 Nov 2013


ConferenceDigital Heritage International Congress 2013


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