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Digitising the Arts and Humanities

By January 1, 2021April 28th, 2021EXIST

Summer 2017 will see the opening of the University of Exeter’s eagerly awaited Digital Humanities Laboratory, based on their Exeter Streatham Campus. We went to find out more about this exciting new project.

Aligning a connection between digital technologies and global antiquity may not be the first thing you think of when you consider the world of digital, but that is exactly what the University of Exeter’s Digital Humanities Lab does. The field of Digital Humanities includes a vast array of digital techniques that engage with humanities research in new and exciting ways, from the 3D digitisation of important historical, literary and visual artefacts, to text-encoding for analysing and publishing globally renowned literary works.

The £1.2million investment represents the University’s interests and commitment to this growing field of academic enquiry and will confirm the University of Exeter’s position at the forefront of international research into historical and cultural artefacts. The lab will allow researchers to use specialised digital equipment to find out more about our cultural heritage and creative past and share their discoveries with the public.

In the new space, researchers will have the opportunity to curate digital exhibitions, carry out 2D and 3D digitisation, and create professional quality video and audio recordings. They will be able to create digital facsimiles of rare and often vulnerable objects, allowing them to be handled and understood in a virtual space around the globe, protecting the original artefacts for future generations. Researchers will be able to carry out high-resolution photography of manuscripts and other visual materials, and to record podcasts and videos for broadcasting to interpret and encourage interest in the objects.

For more information on the University of Exeter’s Digital Humanities Lab, please visit