Digital Humanities in Practice seminar: Using Digital Modelling in Research and Impact Partnerships, 3 June 2015

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The Digital Humanities at The Open University network is proud to present the next event in its Digital Humanities in Practice series.

Using Digital Modelling in Research and Impact Partnerships

Date: 03 June 2015

Time: 12.00pm-2.30pm

Venue: Library Presentation Room, The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes

Speakers: Marion Bowman (The Open University), Dee Dyas and Patrick Gibbs (University of York).

The AHRC-funded, three-year research project entitled Pilgrimage and England’s cathedrals, past and present, involving Dr Dee Dyas, University of York (PI), Dr Marion Bowman, The Open University (Co-I), Prof Simon Coleman, University of Toronto (Co-I) and post-doctoral researchers Dr John Jenkins and Dr Tiina Sepp (based at York), centres on historical and contemporary case studies of four cathedrals – Canterbury, York, Durham and Westminster – chosen to represent a range of historical, geographical, social and denominational settings. Using a combination of methods, researchers examine pilgrimage and engagement with sacred sites in England from the 11th to the 21st centuries, assess the growing significance of England’s cathedrals as sacred/heritage/tourist sites today, and suggest ways to enhance visitor experiences in the future. Marion Bowman will introduce the project at 12.00.

One outcome of the project will be an interactive animated visualization of medieval pilgrim experience at Canterbury Cathedral. Dee Dyas and Patrick Gibbs will demonstrate and discuss previous work involving the construction of digital models of churches and cathedrals, before discussing the underlying research and technicalities involved in building the Canterbury Cathedral model.


12.00-12.30     Marion Bowman and Dee Dyas: Introduction to Pilgrimage and England’s cathedrals, past and present

12.30-13.00     Lunch

13.00-14.30     Dee Dyas and Patrick Gibbs: Using Digital Modelling in Research and Impact Partnerships

The event is open to all. Please register with Matthew Pemberton ( by 1 June 2015 if you wish to attend this seminar. A sandwich lunch will be served at 12.30 to registered participants only.