Digital Adoption Scheme

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Organisation: Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)
Project title: 2017 YHHA Digital Adoption Scheme

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Timespan and St Andrews University exhibiting VR Heritage work
Image by: Malcolm McCurrach /HIE
Wed, 7, June, 2017

To mark 2017 YHHA, HIE supported a digital adoption scheme designed to assist HIE’s cultural heritage clients adopt new technologies to engage audiences with cultural heritage collections and sites, improve the visitor experience, and create opportunities to enhance commercial growth. It enabled new business collaborations between heritage social enterprises and academia to develop innovative products and services. A summary of the projects is provided below.

Tomintoul and Glenlivet Development Trust partnered with University of St Andrews to develop a VR project around the past illicit whisky industry creating a new digital interpretation space in the Tomintoul and Glenlivet Discovery Centre.

Calanais Visitor Centre partnered with University of St Andrew on a digital archaeology project to digitally recreate the Calanais Stones.

Highlanders’ Museum established a new on-line digital archive / research facility to expand its services into new markets mainly ancestral tourism and academia.

Finally, Carloway Community Association is currently working with Glasgow Caledonian University to develop a digital interpretation space using VR and AR technologies to exhibit digital content relating to Hebridean education.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 6

Other: 4, 5, 10

Contact name: Ann Marie Reid
Contact email:
Relevant web links: Web links to video case studies are provided below:

Tomintoul & Glenlivet –

Calanais Visitor Centre –

Highlanders’ Museum –

Carloway – Video case study will commence on completion of the project.

Reviewed: September 2018