Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage will be launching a new project on Friday, which will explore aspects on farming on Bute from medieval times up to present day.
Bute’s involvement will form part of a major international research project being undertaken University of Leeds in partnership with the BBC and the Science Museum and funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The island will become one of only four UK four community partners who will work with the Open Access Community Storytelling and the Digital Archive project. Through the project the community partners will co-design a new ‘open’ digital resource for searching and collecting on-line sources, and combine these with our own media (film, photographs etc) in order to tell local stories, and make new archives. If you have used History Pin, or Pinterest or similar on the web you will have some idea of how this might work, though the scope of this project is significantly larger.
The Bute project will be aimed at exploring aspects of farming on Bute from medieval times up to the present day, from historical records, archaeological remains, oral histories and artefactual material. This builds on previous work on the island and begins to explore an area identified by many people as something urgently in need of study. What goes into the project will, however, ultimately be determined by the people who work with the project. There is therefore a huge scope to pursue different aspects within this theme.
The project will appeal to a wide range of people, and offers an opportunity to work with cutting edge digital technology experts as well as explore the heritage of the island. So if you are interested in farming, Bute, history, archaeology, technology or any combination of the above then please come along and find out more from Paul Duffy, and from digital technology experts from Leeds University.
* The workshop will be held in the Pavilion Cafe on Friday, November 29, with the main session running from 10am until 12 noon, and the drop-in session from 12 noon until 1pm.