The Digital Humanities Lab is a state of the art facility offering unique spaces, equipment and training for staff and students. A specialist team provide support for the digital preservation and display of historic material and artefacts using advanced technologies; in addition, the team drive the development of new digital platforms for the dissemination of research messages.
a flagship seminar room equipped with a video wall, PC and Blu-ray player, including connectivity for multiple laptops;
two digital photography labs, including provision for the 2D digitisation of flat material and bound volumes;
an audio-visual lab with a recording studio set up and a sound editing suite for use by University teams for media interviews, educational and promotional content;
a MakerSpace equipped with 3D scanning equipment and two Makerbot 3D printers.
The Digital Humanities team works closely with the University's Special Collections, which manages collections of archives, manuscript and book collections which are too rare, old or fragile to be kept on the open shelves of the library.
Our teams work together to plan digitisation projects for Special Collections material. We use the equipment in the Lab to digitise selections from the archives, and work to make them publicly available online.
We also work closely together to run student projects such as Grand Challenges, giving students first-hand experience of archival practice such as handling, cataloguing and recording metadata, as well as digitising 2D and 3D material.