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30/10/19 CINE Project showcase - Bringing the past alive

Cine Project


A new innovative project that uses state of the art technology to bring the past alive will be showcased at an event in The Playhouse Theatre in Derry on Thursday 7 November. 


In a unique collaboration Donegal County Museum has teamed up with Ulster University and partners from Norway, Iceland and Scotland as part of a €2 million Connected Culture and Natural Heritage in a Northern Environment (CINE) project to transform people’s experience of outdoor heritage sites through technology, building on the idea of “museums without walls”.


New digital interfaces such as augmented reality, virtual world technology, and easy to use apps brings the past alive and allows users to visualise the effects of the changing environment on heritage sites, helping to imagine possible futures.


In one such project is the ‘Spirits of St Catherine’s’ where Ulster University created an immersive virtual reality experience that takes players into a historical reconstruction of a 15th-century church in Killybegs, Co Donegal and was placed as a finalist in the recent 7th International Educational Games Competition in Denmark.


Judith McCarthy, Curator of Donegal County Museum believes that the CINE project will enable local communities to strengthen their identity while at the same time protecting, developing and promoting their cultural heritage.


While Joan Condell, Senior Lecturer in School of Computing, Engineering and Intelligent Systems at Ulster University said “the CINE project has provided excellent opportunities to bring our local and regional stakeholders together, with Virtual and Augmented Reality community co-creation and ICT at the heart of the project in the development of initiatives linked to virtual tourism.”


This project is funded under the Interreg Northern Periphery Area and includes 9 partners and 10 associated partners from Norway, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. 


The event on Thursday 7 November is open to the public and will be of particular interest to students, heritage and tech professionals, policy makers and planners and those with a general interest in area.


The event will explore the relationship between interactive immersive technologies, digital interpretations and visualisation of natural and cultural heritage in remote regions. It will aim to highlight how the collection, sharing and creation of knowledge can be transferred to diverse audiences with a view to empowering the public, to strengthen communities and to influence regional planning and policy.


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