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Mixed Reality in Cultural Heritage

Mixed Reality in Cultural Heritage

By Mariza Dima
A new podcast series featuring interviews with professionals from the heritage and creative industries, working on and with Mixed Reality technologies to revive the past in new, wonderful ways. We discuss challenges and opportunities, state-of-the-art projects, and analyse the changing landscape in heritage envisaging the future museum. The podcast is hosted by Dr. Mariza Dima, a Mixed Reality designer and lecturer in Creative Technology for Games at Brunel University London.
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Ep 06 - AR and Museum Research
In this episode Dr Eleonora Bacchi and Roy Rodenhäuser from DymonLab talk to me about using AR to visualise museum research taking place in museum labs, and how this can help museum researchers and the dissemination of the research to the general public.
March 3, 2021
Ep 05 - Immersive heritage performance and AR
In this episode I talk with Dr Holly Maples, a freelance theatre director, actor and cultural studies scholar, who has been creating immersive heritage performances in heritage sites across the UK. We talk about the parallels between immersive heritage performance and AR design as well as how the two can work together, a transdiscplinary work in the making that the two of us embarked on at the beginning of this year. Holly's current project is the UK tour of the ACE funded Breaking the Silence on the Slave Trade celebrating 18th century Black British abolitionists. The performance will tour in October 2021 to historic churches throughout the UK with close relationships to the slave trade.
February 15, 2021
Ep 04 - Immersive technologies in heritage education
In this episode Danielle Handley, a public historian, talks to me about pros and cons of using immersive technologies as an educational medium, audiovisuals versus long texts, the role and use of the archives when developing a Mixed Reality experience, and how immersive technologies could help curators connect the public in depth with the history(ies) of a place. You can find Danielle and see her work at
January 27, 2021
Ep03 - Immersive technologies to teach embodied skills of the past
In this episode, Geoff Taylor talks about the VR Blacksmithing project at the Chain Bridge Forge, how he has been employing immersive technologies to expanding the audiences of the Forge, lessons learned and future steps. Chain Bridge Forge is a living museum which tells the story of Blacksmithing and the Local Community.
January 11, 2021
Ep02 - Digital Transformations in Theatre
In this episode I talk with James Simpson, Digital Fellow at RSC and Magic Leap, Head of Development for Rose Bruford College, and CEO of Coppercandle, a creative technology company specialising in immersive technologies for theatre, performance and live events.  James discusses research on immersive technologies in Theatre and Performance, and how these change the landscape of making theatre, as well as the challenging process of user on-boarding. Although not directly related to heritage, a lot of parallels can be drawn from James's work with similar work in heritage that we touch upon in this episode. Music by ASHUTOSH-MUSIC from Pixabay
December 28, 2020
Ep01 - Digital Interpretation and immersive technologies
In this episode Dr Dominique Bouchard, Head of Interpretation at English Heritage, talks about challenges and opportunities of using digital interactive technologies for interpretation at historic sites, and the effect that the covid-19 pandemic had on taking exhibitions virtual. Music by ASHUTOSH-MUSIC from Pixabay
December 17, 2020