Institute of Archaeology


Digital Heritage: Applications in Heritage Management

The module introduces students to the latest developments in the use of digital technologies for management of heritage across the world

The sessions look at different tools, software packages, approaches and outcomes by continuously linking them to realities and restrictions that are present in archaeological sites, historic buildings, museums and wider heritage management institutions. 

The module is about providing students with an opportunity to put heritage management theory into practice by using digital tools. It will showcase the achievements and demonstrate the role of UCL Institute of Archaeology in this developing area, reflecting its expertise and capabilities as part of its Digital Heritage Laboratory. The course is designed to look at the latest developments and to remain very contemporary. 

Aims of the module

  • To provide an understanding of the processes and approaches used in digital form in order to implement value-based management, conservation and interpretation of a heritage site or object
  • To encourage innovative digital approaches
  • To develop team-working skills applicable to the working world

One of the module’s main aims is giving students an opportunity to carry out practical tasks in a real-life heritage management environment. The course coordinators typically use London-based heritage sites for practical exercises.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn how to deploy advanced methods for documentation and condition assessment, and how to use fully digital solutions for the benefit of heritage management. The course teaches 3-dimensional recording techniques with focus on cheap and rapid tools for comprehensive modelling, analysis and monitoring of heritage sites. Subsequent integration of the data into geographical information systems and virtual environments (VR) is taught with strong considerations of wider heritage management needs.

On successful completion of the module students should be able to demonstrate:

  • Observation and critical reflection
  • Application of acquired knowledge
  • Written and oral presentation skills

Teaching Methods

Delivery will be divided between 1 and 2-hour lectures, seminars and workshops, with input from both Institute staff, and external professionals working in digital heritage sphere. Students will be expected to carry out independent research and team work, and there will be a compulsory 4 day field school during Reading Week

Module information

  • Code: ARCL0148 
  • Credits: 15
  • Coordinator: Gai Jorayev
  • Prerequisite:  Preference will be given to students doing Managing Archaeological Sites as their core module, and numbers may need to be limited.
  • Handbook: open»

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  • Running in 2021-22