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Calanais Visitor Centre,

Connecting technology and heritage

Highlands and Islands history and culture brought to life through digital.

Discovering new ways to experience history

Rural life in Carloway; the Calanais Standing Stones, in the Outer Hebrides; the Highlanders’ Museum collection and the history of illicit whisky in Speyside are all part of a project using technology to open up new ways for visitors to experience history.

The Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust; The Highlanders Museum; The Carloway Community Association; and the Calanais Visitor Centre each secured £25,000 from our 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Digital Adoption Scheme. Three of the groups accessed expert academic support through Interface, which connects businesses and organisations with 23 of Scotland’s higher education and research institutes.

Glasgow Caledonian University and St Andrews University brought their expertise to help develop fantastic cutting edge digital projects.

The technology rich projects include digitisation of the Highlanders’ Museum’s complete collection and archives; cutting edge digital 3d modelling and virtual reality technology at Calanais; bringing a digital aspect to the Carloway Rural Life Centre which will allow visitors to be immersed in the past through Virtual Reality; and re-creating what life was like in the whisky industry of the past at the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Discovery Centre. 

There are some amazing new technologies available to businesses and groups working in the heritage sector which can really bring our historic sites, collections and attractions to life. We’re delighted to support these four groups with their plans.
Ann Marie Reid, senior project manager, HIE

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Discovery Centre

The centre has created a fully immersive experience, including use of 360 degree footage, focusing on the past local illicit whisky industry. It captures the stills which were at work during the 18th and early 19th centuries.

Discovery Centre's facebook page

Calanais Visitor Centre

The Centre has worked with St Andrews University to 3D scan the stone circles. This will allow them to create a digital experience for visitors on how the site looked at various times in their history.

Go to Calanais Visitor Centre website

The Highlanders' Museum

The museum is digitalising its entire collection which includes medals, textiles, silver items and paintings to create a digital archive and research service.

Go to the Museum website