Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Digital Dissent to be launched at Digital Past!
The Digital Dissent project has been a collaborative partnership between the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust to build a 'virtual museum' of Nonconformity in Wales.
Funded by Visit Wales as part of the Digital Tourism Framework Programme, HLF and Cadw grant aid the project has aimed to restore Yr Hen Gapel, Rhydowen, a Grade II* Unitarian chapel in the care of the WRBT as well as to create a new web resource interpreting the history of Welsh Nonconformity and chapel building. Resources include the creation of virtual access to chapels in the care of the WRBT through laser scanning, gigapixel photography and computer visualisation and interpretative analysis and GIS mapping of the Royal Commission’s 6400 plus records of Nonconformist chapels across Wales. Community workshops have provided fascinating archive and stories which form the basis of community areas on the website facilitating further community uploads and discussion forums.
The website will be launched at the end of the first day, with a talk by Susan Fielding of the Royal Commission and Christine Moore of the WRBT and demonstration of the resources.