Digital Cultural Heritage: FUTURE VISIONS Conference

Digital Cultural Heritage Future Visions Conference venue, the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane.

On the 19-20 April 2017, members of the University’s Hunter Living Histories presented an overview of twenty years of work creating the 3D Virtual Newcastle Time Machine at the Digital Cultural Heritage: FUTURE VISIONS Conference in Brisbane.

The following paper “Newcastle Time Machine A multidisciplinary approach to digital cultural heritage” by Hardy, A, di Gravio G, Rigby, R, Davidson, T was delivered at the conference.

The proceedings for the digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS Brisbane conference are now available online at:

The Conference was convened by Dr Chris Landorf and Dr Kelly Greenop of the University of Queensland (UQ) School of Architecture’s Centre for Architecture Theory Criticism and History, and proved to be a very interesting and informative conference.

The aims of the conference were to explore the boundary between the emerging discipline of digital cultural heritage and the established practice of heritage management. The diverse range of research presented across the two days highlighted the multi-disciplinary nature of the field, as well as the potential for greater collaboration across academia, practice and industry.

Tim Davidson from Virtual Perspective demonstrating the Oculus Rift with John Stephenson and Elizabeth Vines OAM in a virtual journey through the Newcastle 1825 model created by Charles Martin.

The Conference brought together delegates from Australia, China, New Zealand, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. There were a wide range of papers given, from cultural heritage and tourism practitioners and academics, also architecture, anthropology, archaeology, geography, media studies, museum studies and other cultural heritage-related fields. The Conference Convenors received a total of 44 abstracts. Abstracts underwent a double blind review, with authors of the accepted abstracts (32) invited to submit a full paper. All submitted full papers (18) were again double blind peer reviewed with sixteen (16) being invited to present, and a further six accepted for presentation based upon abstracts and work in progress.

Innovative new data collection and digital visualisations capture historic artefacts, places and practices faster, in greater detail and shared amongst a wider community than ever before. Creative virtual environments that provide interactive interpretations of place, archives enriched with digital film and audio recordings, histories augmented by crowdsourced data all have the potential to engage new audiences, engender alternative meanings and enhance current management practice. At a less tangible level, new technologies can contribute to debates about societal relationships with the historical past, contemporary present and possible futures, as well as drive questions about authenticity, integrity, authorship and the democratisation of heritage. Yet for many, a gap still exists between these evolving technologies and their application in everyday heritage practice. This conference will focus on the emerging disciplines of digital cultural heritage and the established practice of heritage management, providing a platform for critical debate between those developing and applying innovative digital technology, and those seeking to integrate best practice into the preservation, presentation and sustainable management of cultural heritage. (Conference Convenors)

The full Conference Program can be Downloaded Here
Storify – Digital Cultural Heritage Future Visions Conference, Brisbane 2017 – bringing together the tweets from the sessions
Flickr – Photographs & Video from the Digital Cultural Heritage Conference

Keynote speakers included:-

Professor Mike RobinsonRe-assembled Pasts: Emotional engagements and empty encounters with digital heritage
Elizabeth Vines OAMDigital Cultural heritage – Progress of Hindrance?
Professor David MitchellDigital Technologies and Cultural Heritage- Cultural diplomacy, education and conservation management

Keynote 1. Speaker Professor Mike Robinson


Keynote 2. Elizabeth Vines OAM


Keynote 3. Professor David Mitchell


Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow ‘Countering the Uncanny & Replicating “Real-ness”


Virtual Perspective display

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