UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Delivering Digitally: Focused Applications for the Historic Environment

5:45 pm to 8:00 pm, 15 November 2018

Dr Lyn WIlson

UCL ISH Open Heritage Guest Lecture from Dr Lyn Wilson, Digital Documentation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Daisy Voake


Room 225
Central House
University College London Central House
United Kingdom

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. Within HES, we have long championed the use of innovative digital technologies and increasingly apply these for conservation, asset management, engagement, accessibility and disaster response. We gained considerable experience in digital documentation through the Scottish Ten Project, which saw us record in 3D Scotland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites and international sites to help in their conservation and management.

Currently we are undertaking the Rae Project to digitally document the 336 properties and thousands of collections objects in the care of HES on behalf of the Scottish Government. In 2017 we opened the cutting-edge Engine Shed – Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre, which is a hub for digital technologies, heritage science, traditional skills and materials. The Engine Shed aims to raise conservation standards and be a focus for learning, inspiring and knowledge sharing. In this presentation Dr Lyn Wilson will outline these digital innovations at HES and give examples of focussed applications.

Image: Dr Lyn Wilson laser scanning at the top of the Sydeny Opera House

About the Speaker

Dr Lyn Wilson

Digital Documentation Manager, Historic Environment Scotland at Historic Environment Scotland

Lyn Wilson is a heritage scientist with over 20 years’ experience in digital documentation practice and conservation/archaeological science. She has a BSc in Archaeology, MA and PhD in Archaeological Science. As Digital Documentation Manager at Historic Environment Scotland, Lyn is responsible for 3D recording the properties and collections in the care of HES for conservation, asset management, interpretation, education and to improve accessibility. Based at HES’s new Engine Shed, her role involves leading and enabling the sector in the strategic development and application of innovative and cutting-edge digital technologies for the benefit of cultural heritage.

Lyn is a Specialist Assessor on digital documentation to the British Council’s Cultural Protection Fund, an Expert Member of the International Committee for Documentation of Cultural Heritage (CIPA) and a Board Member of the ICOMOS-UK Scientific Committee on Digital Heritage Technologies. Her research interests focus on the intersection of heritage science and digital documentation in the historic environment, and the application of emerging technologies for conservation. She is a passionate advocate for the integration of science and technology within cultural heritage practice.