The £2.4 million ERDF funded West Midlands Digital Heritage Demonstrator worked in partnership with four of the region’s key heritage organisations; The Library of Birmingham, Birmingham Museums Trust, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and The Hive (Worcester).
The project aimed to demonstrate how collaborative projects exploring the use of digital technology with the Cultural and Heritage sector can develop new markets and increase profits for business. Alongside the dedicated on-site technical development team, the project enlisted the skills and expertise of a wide range of additional academics from across the University of Birmingham including the School of Computer Science, the Human Computer Interaction Research Centreand the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Based in the purpose built Digital Humanities Hub, the project offered tailored support from a wide range of experts in the field of digital technology and innovation and provided access to a suite of innovative multi-user, 3D multi-touch technologies, mobile devices and tablets, advanced user-testing facilities and augmented reality tools, all integrated into a unique digital prototyping lab. The The DCHD project over-achieved its targets for the number of business assists (reaching 42 projects assisted) and for graduates in SMEs (with 11 positions) on its completion in December 2014.