GLASGOW.- The Glasgow School of Art
's Digital Design Studio (DDS) has won a grant of £139,531 from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for new research to improve access to, and knowledge of, the UKs virtual heritage.
The purpose of the project is to improve interpretation of a detailed, photorealistic 3D model of the famous 1938 British Empire Exhibition held in Glasgow, which the DDS created as part of a previous AHRC project. Aiming to provide an extensible toolkit for researchers to use with other 3D datasets, the project will improve interpretation of the Exhibition by linking, in a meaningful way, the related cultural artefacts on which the 3D model was based with the modelled data itself.
The 1938 British Empire Exhibition was a stunning display of architectural achievement and a reflection of the life and culture of Glasgow, the UK and the Commonwealth. It incorporated over 100 innovative buildings, including the world famous Taits Tower and attracted over 12.5million people to Bellahouston Park, Glasgow over its six month run. This last public showcase of the Empire was of huge international significance and continues to be relevant to the study of British social and industrial history and modernist architecture.
DDSs considerable expertise in digital documentation, along with an exceptionally unique real-time visualisation facility at their base in Glasgows Pacific Quay, will allow both researchers and the general public to virtually experience and better understand the outstanding achievement of the historic 1938 British Empire Exhibition.
Head of Visualisation at DDS and principal investigator on the project, Doug Pritchard said: The original AHRC-funded British Empire Exhibition project was exceptionally rewarding, especially working with people who actually attended the 1938 event. This new award will enable further research and continue our engagement with the public.