Categories: Heritage Industry News

Published on 11/05/2018

"Culture Is Digital" is a policy paper written by By the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Rt Hon. Matt Hancock. Published in March 2018, this paper is an optimistic and encouraging document that sets out how how heritage organisations, museums, galleries and theatres will gain access to cutting-edge technology and digital skills training to help them improve and reach new and diverse audiences.

The author puts it very succinctly in his opening lines “The UK’s future will be built at the nexus of our artistic and cultural creativity and our technical brilliance.” This, we believe is the core of what Heritage Creative is all about, preserving our culture and heritage through digital means. He then goes on to demonstrate, with evidence, that this combination of technology-driven preservation is a key driving force behind the UK’s long term economic prospects.

 

The paper then goes on to demonstrate how organisations such as English Heritage are successfully creating new ways to better their efforts with tech companies such as Google. As I write this, I am incredibly reassured by what I read. Here is the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture and Media pointing out the strengths of mergings two powerful topics; heritage and technology.

Technology can be especially intimidating for those with little experience of it, and it only makes sense that those committed to studying things of the past may have less focus on the future, however I believe things have changed considerably over the last decade.

Heritage and culture based academics, archeologists and conservationists now know that technology is fast becoming one of the best ways of making improvements to the preservation of our heritage.

I became aware of this first-hand when we were commissioned by Splitlath Building Conservation. They have preserved and developed many a historic building in the UK including Nash House and New Place - the home of William Shakespeare. Splitlath use industry specification drones to survey and and gain access to parts of structures without damaging them in a way that simply was not possible a decade ago. This is a company that was started in the mid 19th Century and claims to be the oldest builders firm in Great Britain. They know that technology is there to be harnessed to preserve our heritage, and not to be feared.

It's very reassuring to observe this embracing of technology by heritage-centric organisations and government. As technology continues to develop, things can only improve for heritage organisations and all those that benefit from a heritage rich culture.

Harry O'Connor

Director of Heritage Creative, Harry has been in the web design industry for nearly 20 years.

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