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Digital heritage as a route towards social engagement.

Laing, Richard; Leon, Marianthi; Herbert, Claire; Roberts, Cheryl


Richard Laing

Marianthi Leon

Claire Herbert

Cheryl Roberts


Frank Melendez

Nancy Diniz

Marcella Del Signore


The historic environment faces many challenges, one of which is a poor understanding of the positive role it can play in the maintenance, development, and regeneration of communities, their culture, and their economy. Aberdeenshire Council considers that the project holds great potential to develop protocols, as well as actual data and models, which will have long-term value and importance with regards to tourism, heritage interpretation, public engagement, and condition monitoring. The work undertaken in relation to the collection of digital heritage data for the church itself required the research team to fully understand and evaluate the context within which the resultant data will be shown, and the likely uses of them. The most significant outcome from the research has been that of external visibility of the work, and the impact in terms of understanding and engagement with the built heritage.


LAING, R., LEON, M., HERBERT, C. and ROBERTS, C. 2020. Digital heritage as a route towards social engagement. In Melendez, F., Diniz, N. and Del Signore, M. (eds.) Data, matter, design: strategies in computational design. Abingdon: Routledge [online], pages 266-271. Available from:

Online Publication Date Sep 23, 2020
Publication Date Sep 29, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 10, 2020
Publicly Available Date Mar 24, 2022
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Pages 266-271
Book Title Data, matter, design: strategies in computational design
Chapter Number Chapter 8
ISBN 9780367369132; 9780367369095
Keywords Historic environment; Build heritage
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