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About the project

The Re-reading the British Memorial project is investigating the potential for using a variety of technologies for the recording, interpreting and sharing of data about church memorials in the UK. The project is based within the Centre for Digital Heritage at the University of York.

Project Aims

We aim to assist in the production of a comprehensive physical and documentary survey of the churchyard.

We will assist community groups in the digitisation and dissemination of existing records as well as providing demonstrations and training in the the use of digital recording techniques.

Our goal is to support church groups in making their archives available online and to assist in the enriching of these records with additional digital content.

We also aim to make records available so that these records can be augmented and enriched by other researchers, both amateur and professional.

Project Details

The purpose of the project is to provide expert assistance and training to local groups wishing to document, interpret and disseminate cultural heritage using digital imaging technologies. We provide training and ongoing assistance in the use of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) and other complementary documentation techniques, and also assist in the publication of these data online.

The project is run with the aim of sharing knowledge, expertise and equipment with local groups helping them to enhance and to broaden access to their research.

We have worked with a number of Church and Local History groups helping to document and to study memorial inscriptions and welcome all enquiries regarding future collaborations.

Why RTI?

RTI has the potential to greatly improve the documentation of cultural heritage at every level. It can provide new insights into objects and allows data to be shared and explored by a far wider community than has previously been possible. It is a simple and cheap technology, and it is our belief that with a small amount of training any local interest group can use it as part of their documentation and analytical tool kit.

Community Curators

Research can be extremely useful and rewarding, we believe that it is also important to have the chance to publish these new data and make them available to as many people as possible. For this reason we also assist in putting data online and making them accessible.

Local history groups often have large archives of material which could be of use to researchers at a local and national level. We can help to put these, as well as any new data, online. We can support the design and creation of an appropriate website which is free and easy to use. We can help to ensure that all data are easily findable online and connected to existing resources and archives.

You can contact us directly if you would like to discuss the potential of techologies such as RTI for your project: nicoleebeale AT gmail DOT com

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