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Re-reading the British Memorial: A Community Documentation Project, Gareth Beale, Nicole Beale #caasoton #rti #archcrg

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Presentation given at the CAA2012, University of Southampton. Presented by Gareth Beale and Nicole Beale. Part of a broader project, more info here: http://ourti.org.

The session that this paper was presented in ran on 27th March 2012.
The session name: Rec1: Advances in computational photography techniques for conservation, research, analysis and public access.

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Re-reading the British Memorial: A Community Documentation Project, Gareth Beale, Nicole Beale #caasoton #rti #archcrg

  1. 1. Re-reading the British Memorial A community documentation project. http://ourti.org Gareth Beale: gareth.beale@soton.ac.uk Nicole Beale: nes1g10@ecs.soton.ac.uk
  2. 2. The Project Churches chapels and other religious buildings represent a unique cultural, historical and documentary resource Valuable objects are frequently placed at risk Churches sit at the heart of communities both literally and metaphorically
  3. 3. The Project To enable community groups to record, collect, and disseminate church memorial data. To investigate requirements for all stakeholders (public and the sector alike). To develop a clear and simple methodology to this end.
  4. 4. Region One Low population density High risk levels due to coastal location Diverse architecture and monuments High levels of international interest in the region
  5. 5. A Resource at Risk Increased weathering risk Changing building use Changing communities Inconsistent documentation Access to documentation limited © (from top) Nigel Mykura, Alistair Coleman & Keith Walsh
  6. 6. Opportunities Community interest New technology Global interest The Web
  7. 7. How it works Community led Based on assistance Diverse technical response
  8. 8. So Far… Three Churches have been visited and sample RTIs made. Additional community groups have been approached, and contacts are being developed. Consultations have begun to identify appropriate skills and technologies. Churches Conservation Trust has been approached for involvement. Society of Church Archaeology Journal article due out later this Spring.
  9. 9. The Future More churches! More groups; a wider variety of groups (YAC; Local college photography students; Guides/Scouts). Expanding to incorporate other needs (e.g. Survey of St. Winifred’s graveyard) Develop online dissemination strategy. Conversations with ADS. Handbooks for use.
  10. 10. With Thanks to: The Branscombe Project

Editor's Notes

  • The church as an archive, the church as the embodiment of community history
  • Changing building use i.e. no longer churches, changing communities i.e. isolated churches no longer focus for disparate communities
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