miércoles, 2 de abril de 2014

DigVentures secure funding for Digital Dig Team project (United Kingdom)

DigVentures has received £74,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for their ‘Digital Dig Team’ project, which will run from the 7th – 20th July 2014 at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk, southeast England.
The project will combine a community excavation with innovative digital technology, to encourage participation and create greater public access to the rich archaeological heritage at Leiston Abbey. The DigVentures team aims to inspire volunteers to become part of the excavation and post-excavation process, digitally co-creating, enhancing and interpreting the archaeological archive and creating a sustainable community resource for future research.


In a bold step forward for the heritage sector, the ‘Digital Dig Team’ project is also the first HLF supported crowdfunded project in England, with a goal of raising £18,000 for this summer’s excavations. The campaign, which runs until 31st May, has currently raised £6,500. The HLF’s grant commitment now means that any amount contributed by the public, starting at £10, will be worth three times its amount in match funding.

Management and presentation

The principal goal of the archaeological work is to provide information that will assist the site custodians, Pro Corda, with the future management and presentation of Leiston Abbey, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument and one of the best-preserved examples of a medieval Premonstratensian abbey in the United Kingdom. The ‘Digital Dig Team’ project will enable local people to assist DigVentures archaeologists with the fieldwork as they work towards this goal, learning new archaeological techniques such as geophysics and topographic survey; building recording, including a full photogrammetry survey of the upstanding remains; excavation; and post-excavation assessment, publication and exhibition planning.
A digital recording system will be developed for use in the fieldwork, and a dedicated website will contain archaeological information, instructional videos and background information about Leiston Abbey. A customised version of the recording system will be developed for children, which will be used as a ‘Cyber Dig’ educational experience for local primary and secondary schools. During the dig, there will be many opportunities for the public to visit and be involved, including open days, site tours and family weekends. An exhibition will form part of the post-excavation activities, which will be designed in partnership with young people in the local community and become part of Pro Corda’s new year-round visitor experience at the site.

Community at the heart

Commenting on the award, Lisa Westcott Wilkins, DigVentures’ Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Our new model for funding, project design and delivery places communities at the very heart of the project and at every stage of the process. We believe that the new approach to preserving and exploring our shared heritage offered by Digital Dig Team and Cyber Dig will create a whole new way for the public to be involved in archaeology, and encourage many people who might not otherwise be able to take part. Leiston Abbey is a magical place, and we can’t wait to get started involving people in our work.”
Robyn Llewellyn, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East of England, said: “HLF is delighted to support this exciting project which, thanks to Lottery player’s money, will enable volunteers to participate in a much wider scope of archaeological work. By using innovative technology, people will be able to get involved with not only the excavation phase, but also the post excavation assessment and analysis, really engaging participants with the heritage of this fascinating site.”

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