Exploring heritage through time and space: Supporting community reflection on the highland clearances

John Philip McCaffery, Alan Henry David Miller, Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy, Tom Dawson, Anna Vermehren, C Lefley, K Strickland

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On the two hundredth anniversary of the Kildonan
clearances, when people were forcibly removed from their
homes, the Timespan Heritage centre has created a program of
community centred work aimed at challenging pre conceptions
and encouraging reflection on this important historical process.
This paper explores the innovative ways in which virtual world
technology has facilitated community engagement, enhanced
visualisation and encouraged reflection as part of this program.
An installation where users navigate through a reconstruction
of pre clearance Caen township is controlled through natural
gestures and presented on a 300 inch six megapixel screen. This
environment allows users to experience the past in new ways. The
platform has value as an effective way for an educator, artist or
hobbyist to create large scale virtual environments using off the
shelf hardware and open source software. The result is an exhibit
that also serves as a platform for experimentation into innovative
ways of community co-creation and co-curation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHeritage), 2013
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-3169-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-3168-2
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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