digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017

9 November 2017

Tim Williams

Tim Williams has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017 London symposium, taking place at UCL East from 13-15 November.

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.

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 2017, 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.

digital cultural heritage: FUTURE VISIONS 2017

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, this symposium is designed to encourage critical debate across a wide range of heritage-related disciplines.

Tim's keynote lecture, scheduled for the first day of the symposium, is entitled 'Archaeological heritage along the Silk Roads: digital futures'.

Tim's research currently focuses on the development of urbanism along the Silk Roads. He is an ICOMOS expert member on advisory missions and panels, and undertook the ICOMOS thematic study of the Silk Roads, which moved away from the emphasis on east-west interaction by exploring the complexity and dynamics of cultural exchange. It provided the basis for the UNESCO World Heritage nomination strategy for the Silk Roads

Tim is now working on the South Asian Silk Roads project, and assisting the Kingdom of Bhutan to develop its national heritage inventory using the Getty Conservation Institute’s open source system ARCHES.