Leeds team in Bute ‘digital heritage’ visit

A screenshot of the collaborative map of Bute set up as part of the Island Stories research project, a six-month partnership between the University of Leeds and local firm Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage. The idea of the map is that island residents and visitors can add their own contributions to an ongoing initiative.
A screenshot of the collaborative map of Bute set up as part of the Island Stories research project, a six-month partnership between the University of Leeds and local firm Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage. The idea of the map is that island residents and visitors can add their own contributions to an ongoing initiative.

A team of researchers from the University of Leeds visited Bute this week as part of a research project aimed at helping the island community make the most of high-speed broadband, when it comes, to celebrate Bute’s history and heritage.

The six-month ‘Island Stories’ project, a partnership with local firm Brandanii Archaeology and Heritage, hopes to identify what Bute needs to make best use of the high-speed broadband connections which are due to arrive on the island in the first half of 2016.

The team has created an online survey on the subject (click here to fill it in) and is also exploring the idea of a collaborative map of Bute to which residents and visitors can contribute their own ideas of the island’s heritage (click here to see the map).

The project’s principal investigator, Simon Popple from the University of Leeds’ school of media and communication, said: “We’re not here to tell people what to do, we’re here to find out what they want, and we’re already really encouraged by what people have been saying.

“The clear message we’ve been getting so far is that the island has great potential in terms of using its heritage to bring visitors back, and we want to help the island community acquire the skills they need to make the most of high speed broadband to promote that heritage.”