3D Printing for Heritage
Researchers at De Montfort University are working with local heritage groups to bring history back to life in the AHRC-funded Digital Building Heritage project. The project uses the latest technologies in 3D computer animation, 3D printing, 3D modelling and mobile geo-location to observe, analyse, understand and interpret historic buildings and the people and artefacts associated with them. Focusing on eleven sites across the UK, including one in Staffordshire, the project is bringing a new energy and shape to these iconic buildings, so they can, once again, play an important part in their communities.
The project is also using the latest geo-location technologies to create innovative mobile apps which allow the user to discover hidden secrets in their neighbourhood. The De Montfort team is working with the Wolverhampton Civic and Historical society to create the "Blue Plaque app" which shows the location and details of Blue Plaques commemorating famous people, events and buildings in Wolverhampton.
The Digital Buildings Heritage Project is funded the Arts and Humanities Research Council as a part of the Connected Communities Programme and in collaboration with the Heritage Lottery Fund’s “All Our Stories Programme”