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Friday, 23 January 2015

Presenting the Europa Barbarorum Project at Digital Past 2015







The Europa Barbarorum project is a volunteer organisation composed of academics, technicians, programmers, artists and other volunteers that has sought to present a historically accurate depiction of the later Iron Age (272BC-AD14) in the form of modified versions of mainstream computer games. Since conception it has received critical and popular acclaim from both the gaming community and wider populace.

We are pleased to announce that Andrew Lamb, Faction Coordinator and Researcher for the project will be speaking at Digital Past and will look at the issues surrounding the way the past is depicted, with a paper titled ‘Don’t dumb it down, historical accuracy is fun: Discussing the Europa Barbarorum project and its impact on the gaming community’.

Website: http://www.europabarbarorum.com/
Twitter: @EBTeam

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

DigVentures at Digital Past 2015






Founded in 2011, DigVentures is an innovative social enterprise committed to designing, developing and delivering community archaeology projects throughout the UK and further afield. Projects have included Flag Fen Lives, the world’s first crowdfunded and crowdsourced archaeological excavation, and the recently launched DigStarter, the world’s only crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform dedicated exclusively to helping archaeology and heritage projects launch sustainable projects, build communities and profile, and raise funds.

Brendon Wilkins, Project Director at DigVentures will be talking about all this and more.  A must for anyone interested in Community Archaeology, Crowdfunding, Crowdsourcing and the Future of Archaeological research.

Website: http://digventures.com/
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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Llŷn Crowd Sourcing Project to be showcased at Digital Past







Digital Past 2015 will be showcasing an innovative crowd sourcing project undertaken by the Llŷn Archaeology and History Society.  The society was founded in 2013 and aims to become a model for a virtual society, one that combines the traditional values of county societies with new technologies and a focus on engaging wider audiences.

Simon Jones and Jamie Davies will be speaking about a project undertaken in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Royal Commission publication Caernarvonshire: West III: An inventory of the Ancient Monuments in the County. A website based on the publication has been developed and contains original digitized site records, plans and notes against which residents or visitors to the Llŷn can add comments and upload photographs to provide an updated snapshot of the Peninsula’s archaeological and built heritage today.

Facebook: http://cy-gb.facebook.com/archllyn
Website: http://www.crwydro.co.uk/aberdaron
eBook: Caernarvonshire: West III: An Inventory of the Ancient Monuments in the County

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Cartooning the First World War





Professor Chris Williams, Head of the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University will be speaking at Digital Past 2015 on Cartooning the First World War, a web resource bringing together all the wartime newspaper cartoons of Joseph Morewood Staniforth, which originally appeared in the British Sunday paper the News of the World and the Cardiff daily paper the Western Mail. Over 1300 cartoons document the war’s changing fortunes and the ways in which the conflict was experienced and represented by one of the most popular visual artists of the time. Each cartoon is presented with explanatory notes and with an open invitation to users to comment on the image and its possible meanings. The cartoons are accompanied by a range of resources which help to contextualise the cartoonist, his work, and the newspapers which published him.



Once upon a time, a conceited hare challenged a humble tortoise to a race, and the challenge was taken up. The hare, which had long been in training, bounded forward in great style and outdistanced the tortoise easily. But the tortoise did not lose heart; he kept steadily on his way, gaining strength and speed as time went on, whilst the hare became weary and sick of the struggle. The race is not yet finished, but the odds are on the tortoise.

Cartooning the First World War is a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at Cardiff University.

Website: http://www.cartoonww1.org/index.htm

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Monday, 19 January 2015

Showcasing the Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project at Digital Past 2015





Through a number of initiatives this project aims to make the rich local heritage of the County Borough accessible to as wide a range of people as possible.  Frank Olding and Emyr Morgan will be at Digital Past to talk about the project, showcasing how they’ve established a partnership of local heritage organisations to offer training and advice to volunteers and community groups and how they’ve created a project website to provide community groups with a presence on the web and make their archives accessible.

From the Brynmawr Community Archive:  Brynmawr Fire Brigade on parade at the unveiling of the war memorial in 1927.




The website also includes on-line resources, school visit formats and themed exhibitions to enhance educational activities and increase school visits at local heritage attractions.

Website: Blaenau Gwent Access to Heritage Project
Twitter: @BGA2H


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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

New Technologies in Heritage, Interpretation and Outreach: Digital Past 2015





Event Date: 11 and 12 February 2015
Location: Brangwyn Hall, The Guildhall, Swansea

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This year’s Digital Past Conference will be held in the spectacular venue of the grade I listed Swansea Guildhall complex designed by Percy Thomas of Cardiff. Four austere blocks with facades of white Portland stone are ranged around a central courtyard incorporate the Law Courts, Council Chamber, the Brangwyn Hall and ceremonial rooms. Construction of the Guildhall, opened on 23 October 1934, began in 1930. The Guildhall was the fulfilment of Swansea County Borough Council’s wish to have an impressive architectural statement of the town’s civic identity.The Guildhall exemplifies the simplicity and beauty of modernism but with embellishments which identify the building with Swansea, particularly the details of the landmark clock-tower design and internal decorative reminders of Swansea’s Viking origins.

Aerofilms photo of the newly-built Swansea Guildhall in 1935: the venue of the Royal Commission’s Digital Past 2015 conference.

Named after the artist Frank Brangwyn, the Brangwyn Hall is an assembly room with seating for up to 1,300 people. Its most prominent features are the seventeen wall-paintings by the artist, commissioned in 1924 to commemorate the First World War. Known as the British Empire Panels, the highly-coloured paintings were created originally for the House of Lords, and are, in the words of Brangwyn, a “panorama of the beauty of Greater Britain…[to show] what the Forces of the Empire fought for.” However, following the display of the first five panels in 1930, they were rejected by the House of Lords. Undaunted, Brangwyn completed the set in 1932, and after exhibition at the Ideal Home Exhibition they were acquired for the new Guildhall, where they can still be viewed today.

The themes of this year’s Digital Past are Visual Heritage and Digital Public & Community Archaeology. Delegates will be offered a combination of presentations, seminar sessions and hands-on workshops and demonstrations in a friendly and informal atmosphere that aim to promote the exchange of ideas and facilitate networking.

Exhibition and Poster stands provide an opportunity for displays and the demonstration of projects or products, and the chance to talk to heritage organisations, societies, universities, product developers and retailers.

Delegate registration for the two day conference, 11-12 February 2015, is only £69 (to include morning & afternoon refreshments and lunches).  A three-course conference dinner will be held in the Lord Mayor's Reception Hall on 11 February, and will cost £30.

Sponsorship of the event is invited. There are a range of packages available to suit different budgets, offering a variety of benefits including logo branding, advertising and the ability to showcase projects and products during the two-day event. Stands are also available over the two days: an exhibition stand for two days is £100, with a half size-poster stand £50.

If you are keen to sponsor any aspect of the conference, or would like to exhibit or advertise with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch and discuss options with our staff.

For information about the conference please go to: http://digitalpast2015.blogspot.co.uk
For registration go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk
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We look forward to welcoming you to Digital Past in 2015!


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