digital cultural heritage:
London 2017 UCL East, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
November 13-15 2017

See photos from the

London symposium here.


Hosted at UCL’s Bartlett Real Estate Institute, London and supported by the Architecture Theory Criticism History (ATCH) Research Centre at the School of Architecture, The University of Queensland.

Innovative new data collection and digital visualisation techniques can capture and share historic artefacts, places and practices faster, in greater detail and amongst a wider community than ever before. Creative virtual environments that provide interactive interpretations of place, archives enriched with digital film and audio recordings, histories augmented by crowd-sourced data all have the potential to engage new audiences, engender alternative meanings and enhance current management practices. At a less tangible level, new technologies can also contribute to debates about societal relationships with the historical past, contemporary present and possible futures, as well as drive questions about authenticity, integrity, authorship and the democratisation of heritage.

Yet for many, gaps still exist between these evolving technologies and their application in everyday heritage practice. Following the success of a sister conference in Brisbane, Australia in April, this symposium will focus on the emerging disciplines of digital cultural heritage and the established practice of heritage management, providing a platform for critical debate between those developing and applying innovative digital technology, and those seeking to integrated best practice into the preservation, presentation and sustainable management of cultural heritage.

Download a pdf of the call for papers here: Call for Papers dchFV-17.

London symposium papers are in production for a proceedings publication in 2018. 

Download the London symposium book of abstracts here: 

dch_FV_London_2017_Abstracts Booklet_


Following the conference presentations, selected papers were double blind peer reviewed and those accepted are available below as PDFs indicated by yellow text.

Introduction to the conference


Full conference proceedings


Day 1



Professor Sarah Kenderdine

'Modelling the World in Experimental Museuography'

Session 1: Breadth

Toby Burrows, 'Cultural Heritage Collections as Research Data'

Sally MacLennan & Natalie Vinton, 'Virtual Explorers: Using digital technology to share and celebrate cultural heritage in New South Wales'


Bernadette Devilat, '3D Laser Scanning Built Heritage: The case of St. Boniface church in London'


Tim Williams

Archaeological Heritage Along the Silk Roads: Digital futures

Sessions 2 & 3: Macro and Modelling


Dante Abate, M. Faka, S. Hermon, N. Bakirtzis, G. Artopoulos &
O. Daune-Lebrun, 'From Analogue to Digital: 40 years of archaeological documentation and management at the Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage site of Choirokitia (Cyprus)'

Yang Geng & Huo Dan, 'Digital Reconstruction and Interaction of Linear Cultural Heritages – Taking Ancient Post Roads in Northeast China as an Instance'

Tiziana Casaburi, 'Rome’s Archaeological Area Valorization through Multimedia Presentations'

Risto Järv, 'Estonian Place-Lore on a Digital Map'


Dijana Alic, 'Designing Diversity: Capturing culture in digital form'

James Ritson, 'A Comparative Analysis of Modelling Techniques for the Reduction of Energy and Carbon Emissions in a Victorian Dwelling'

Maria Manuela Leoni, 'Web Modern Cultural Heritage in Post- 1945 Milan'

Patrizia Schettino, 'Augmenting Empty Spaces with Content from Digital Archives: Pilot study on the visitor experience and the Villa Ciani 3D'

Day 2



Professor Andong Lu

Digital Agency and Narrative-Augmented Reality

Session 4: Depth


Yehotel Shapira, 'The Absolut/e’s Digital Emblems: Jewish-Messianic alteration of East Jerusalem'

Eleni Kotoula, Kiraz Goze Akoglu, Shi Weiqi, Yin Yang, Stefan Simon and
Holly Rushmeier, 'CHER-Ob for Cultural Heritage Research: Unsleben Jewish cemetery case study'

Dante Abate and Caroline Sturdy Colls, 'A Multi-Resolution and Multi-Sensor Approach to the Documentation of Treblinka Extermination and Labour Camps in Poland'


Francisca Sousa, Elia Roldao, Alexandra Encarnacao and Pedro Serra,
'Conservation Challenges of Contemporary Art: Preservation issues in the digital era'



Lyn Wilson

'Practical Applications of Digital Technologies by Scotland's National Heritage Body'

Session 5: Participatory and Digital heritage

Mehti Ghafouri, 'Digital Cultural Heritage for Participatory Cultural Heritage Conservation'


Ahmet Denker, 'From Dipteros to Pseudo-Dipteros: Ionic Temples of Aegean Turkey'

Eftychios Savvidis, 'Future Pasts, Past Future: Or material preservation in an Increasingly digital world'