Immersive Installation: “A Virtual St Kilda”

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This paper discusses a Virtual Histories project, which developed a digital reconstruction of St Kilda. St Kilda is the most remote and western part of the United Kingdom. It was evacuated in the 1930s and lay empty for several decades. It is a world heritage site for both built and natural environment . The Virtual St Kilda acted as a focus for the collection and presentation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage. It was on show as an exhibition in the Taigh Chearsabah museum (Figure 5) located in North Uist Scotland. The exhibition is built around the OpenSimulator Open VirtualWorld server using commodity hardware. The simulation covers some 4 square km of virtual space, and models both tangible and intangible culture. It is integrated into an exhibition and articulates an interpretation of the St Kilda legacy through the prism of contemporary North Uist life.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImmersive Education
Subtitle of host publication4th European Summit, EiED 2014, Vienna, Austria, November 24-26, 2014, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMark Ebner, Kari Erenli, Rainer Malaka, Johanna Pirker, Aaron E. Walsh
Place of PublicationCham
ISBN (Electronic)9783319220178
ISBN (Print)9783319220161
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event4th European Immersive Education Summit - University of Applied Sciences bfi Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 24 Nov 201426 Nov 2014
Conference number: 4

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference4th European Immersive Education Summit
Abbreviated titleEiED 2014
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  • Virtual worlds
  • Museum studies
  • Immersive technology
  • Cultural heritage
  • Reconstruction
  • Community involvement
  • OpenSim


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