From Uist to the V&A! co-producing digital heritage with communities

The ACCORD project is working with communities all across Scotland to co-produce 3D models of their heritage using digital technologies. We also have our own blog, here!

ACCORD makes its debut at the V&A!

We were thrilled to have our prints featured at the Digital Design Weekend at the Victoria and Albert Museum, in London from 20-21 September (an event organized as part of the London Design Festival). We are very proud of the work our community groups have achieved and delighted that their heritage has been brought to the world stage through participation in the Victoria and Albert museum’s fantastic weekend of digital culture celebrating co-design!

ACCORD 3D prints
Our ACCORD 3D prints sent down to the Digital Design Weekend at the V&A;  made by the climbers at Dumbarton Rock, Friends of the Glasgow Necropolis, Access Archaeology in the Uists, Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology group, and the Aberdeenshire based Rhynie Woman group.

 

Accord 3D prints on display in the V&A
3D prints made by ACCORD on display in the V&A.

Natural beauty in breathtaking Camas nan Geall

Picture of the Camas Nan Geall bay in Ardnamurchan.
The stunning bay of Camas Nan Geall on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, Scotland.

This is the stunning stretch of coastline where we had the privilege to spend a beautiful August weekend working with the dedicated members of the Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology Group. For a closer look at this pristine slice of Scottish coast, take a virtual peek at Kilchoan Village http://kilchoan.blogspot.co.uk

We explored an 18th century burial aisle in the heart of Camas nan Geall. Check out the wonders of RTI (or Reflectance Transformation Imaging in full) and see how an eroded skull and cross bones on a headstone, supposedly belonging to a Campbell, takes shape, made together with the Ardnamurchan Community Archaeology Group.

The Scientific explanation/RTI for rocket scientists… RTI is a computational photographic method that captures a subject’s surface shape and colour and enables the interactive re-lighting of the subject from any direction. RTI also permits the mathematical enhancement of the subject’s surface shape and colour attributes….

The no-nonsense explanation/RTI for humans… basically, get a £4 shiny black snooker ball, a tripod, and a light… using the movement of the light across the surface of the object the light bounces off the ball and the clever software combines the images to produce these amazing illuminated results – Eureka!

More info? Go to  http://culturalheritageimaging.or /What_We_Offer/Downloads/

The Rhynie Woman group bring the Pictish Craw Stane to digital life!

3D model of the Craw Stane
Snapshot of 3D Photogrammetry model of the Pictish Craw Stane made by the Rhynie Woman group in Aberdeenshire.

Manipulate the model yourself by downloading the PDF on our own ACCORD blog .

The Grimsay Wheelhouse, North Uist

In August 2014, ACCORD sallied forth to the Uists in the Outer Hebrides in order to immortalize in 3D this spectacular example of an Iron Age Wheelhouse dwelling. Together with the Access Archaeology community group, we first recorded the site with photos from the ground and the air using photogrammetry and then with a little help from Agisoft software we produced this awe-inspiring visualization!

And we didn’t just stop there … our next step was to bring the Grimsay Wheelhouse to life in the form of a 3D print – an exact 3D photogrammetric model of the Grimsay Wheelhouse replica to have and to hold!

3D print of the Grimsay Wheelhouse.
3D print of a photogrammetric model of the Iron Age wheelhouse at Grimsay, North Uist. Made by the Access Archaeology group.

ACCORD is one of eleven projects across the UK to be awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s £4million “Digital Transformations in Community Research Co-Production” programme. Led by the Digital Design Studio of the Glasgow School of Art, the project it is being delivered in partnership with the University of Manchester Department of Archaeology, Archaeology Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland.

Post Graduate Degree Show at The Glasgow School of Art

A great chance to see some of the amazing work from this year’s MDes Sound for the Moving Image, MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy and MSc International Heritage Visualisation students at the GSA post-graduate degree show. Starting tomorrow (Saturday) and running until Friday the 12th of September. Also a good opportunity to explore the GSA’s fantastic new Reid building.

More details on the GSA website, here. Opening times as below:

Exhibition open to the public 6 – 12 September 2014

Monday – Friday 10am – 9pm, last entry 8:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, last entry 4:30pm

The GSA’s Graduate Degree Show offers a public showcase for the full range of graduate work undertaken at the institution. The 2014 Graduate Degree Show will feature work by graduating students across a wide variety of disciplines across architecture, design, fine art and digital.

More details and image galleries at:

MDes Sound for the Moving Image

MSc Medical Visualisation and Human Anatomy

MSc International Heritage Visualisation

[Image credit: Anna Mikelsone, MSc Medical Visualisation & Human Anatomy, 2014]