Making Digital: Visual Approaches to the Digital Humanities

Over the past few months I have been lucky enough to be involved in a project working with artists from Winchester School of Art to develop a series of training events looking at the relationship between art and archaeology. 

This project has been a fantastic experience. Later this week, we are all going to EVA London 2013 to talk about the project, and I wanted to share with you the paper we’ve collaboratively written. But, more importantly, I wanted to say a big THANK-YOU to the team at WSA who have worked with us to make all of this possible. Thanks all!

Making Digital: Visual Approaches to the Digital Humanities


Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2013)

London, UK, 29 – 31 July 2013


Gareth Beale, Nicole Beale, Ian Dawson & Louisa Minkin


The Making History Project is an attempt by artists and archaeologists based within the University of Southampton to collaboratively develop innovative uses for 3D technologies. Techniques such as high resolution data capture and 3D printing represent a new era in digital imaging. As these technologies become increasingly affordable they are coming to play a more significant role in archaeological and artistic practice. Both art and archaeology are currently involved in attempting to realise the full implications and potential of these technologies. This paper describes a project undertaken by the Archaeological Computing Research Group and Winchester School of Art at the University of Southampton which seeks to address this moment of technological disruption in order to collaboratively develop creative and methodologically innovative approaches to the use of these technologies.


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Lifelong Learning, Archaeology and the Web

My husband, Gareth Beale, and I designed a lifelong learning module at the end of last semester which we began teaching last week.  The course runs for 12 weeks and aims to give learners an introduction to the different skills that archaeologists use to research into the archaeology of a place/event/person/object.

The module is called Urban Archaeology.

Urban Archaeology Blog. Come join in the conversation!

I thought I’d share a few thoughts here, and I’ve try to write a couple of reflective reports as the course is taught.

The module is made up of ten topics, and has a case study of the local geographic area within which the university campus is based, as a way of focussing the implementation of the skills covered in each session.

We have a blog for the module that we are uploading materials from each session into at the end of each week.  So please do follow along if you are interested in seeing what we’re covering, and also in how the module is delivered:

The blog aims to augment the work that is done in class by reiterating any content that was taken to the lesson, but also by containing reflective write-ups from Gareth and me at the end of each session, plus any findings about the case study that were carried out by the learners during the class.

We’re really interested to see how the blog develops, and also I’d love to use the posts to create something tangible at the end of the module, to give to the learners.  I’m envisioning some sort of handbook, printed directly from the blog, which incorporates everything we covered, but more: e.g. additional resources online, further reading, and learners’ experiences.

Anyway, watch this space! No idea how its going to pan out, but as long as those enrolled on the module enjoy the experience, and we can share some of our lessons learned at the end of the semester, we’ll be very happy.