This module is offered in 2020-21.


This module will ground students in the principles and practice of digital methods for the promotion and preservation of natural and cultural heritage. It will investigate the value of material culture to communities as well as present and future threats.


  • This module introduces students to topics and technologies relevant to the promotion and preservation of Natural and Cultural Heritage. This will address:

  • Defining heritage and understanding its significance and role in wider society.

  • Threats to heritage, such as war and climate change will be explored and an understanding of the role and limitations of digital preservation in mitigating these threats developed.

  • The roles and responsibilities of local national and international organisations, including Museums and Virtual Museums, in the formation, promotion and preservation of heritage.

  • Digitisation processes and practices for objects, buildings and landscapes; including scanning, photogrammetry, and digital survey.

  • Institutional strategies for the archive and management of digital assets that meet the requirements of stakeholders.

  • The role that meta data plays in enabling digital assets to be located, accessed and understood. Relating digital heritage to the semantic web, quality of service and experience.

  • Strategies for participation and dissemination through Social Media, Social Archive and the Web.

  • How technologies that support: virtual reality, 3D, 360 and games enable immersive and mobile exhibits and exhibitions.

  • Opportunities and challenges in the use of digital technologies for the relationship between communities, museums and heritage.

  • Issues relating to ownership Ethics and Intellectual property in the promotion and preservation of heritage.

  • The potential for Virtual Museum Infrastructures as enablers for digital preservation and promotion.

Compulsory Elements

This module has no compulsory elements beyond those common to all modules (mark of 4 in each assessment component).

Module Delivery

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Last Published: 19 Oct 2020.