Thursday, April 29, 2010
Virtual Medieval Museum created in Second Life
The University of Wales, Newport will this week reveal an interactive visualisation of the ship that allows people to walk around the ship’s underwater remains and visit a 3D museum containing historical information and publications.
Matt Chilcott, Development Director at the University of Wales, Newport’s, Institute of Digital Learning, (pictured left), said, “This innovative digital approach enables Newport to share its rich heritage with a range of audiences all over the world in a new and exciting way. For example, tourists planning to visit Newport can now have fun exploring the area’s history before they even arrive in Wales.”
This project forms part of the University’s new Digital Heritage Zone in Second Life, a virtual world that can be accessed through the internet in which it is possible to explore virtual places and interact with other people through a 3D character.
The online 3D museum shows how the ship would have fitted into the medieval historic landscape of Newport, and tells the story of the ship and mysteries surrounding it that are still being unravelled.
The project will be unveiled at the University’s South Wales Centre for Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies lecture entitled ‘Digital Heritage in Action’ taking place on Thursday 29 April, 5pm at the Caerleon Campus, University of Wales, Newport.
The virtual museum has been developed in collaboration with the Friends of Newport Ship, Newport Past, and the People’s Collection Wales. The Institute of Digital Learning works in partnership with industry, government, academia and charities to develop flexible learning experiences to meet knowledge and skills development needs. The Institute specialises in innovating creative approaches to learning and knowledge exchange online, on mobiles and in virtual worlds, such as the Digital Heritage Zone.
Click here to go to the Newport's Virtual Medieval Museum
Click here to watch a video about the project
Source: University of Wales