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Engaging with Nottingham Castle future

Virtual Platforms and Public Engagement with Nottingham Castle User Groups

Nottingham Castle
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Focused around the major redevelopment of Nottingham Castle, this event will provide an opportunity for both public engagement and reporting on the first phase of research. Using smart digital technologies to survey, record and virtually reconstruct the Ducal Palace and its galleries and transform into a virtual reality platform in order to engage wider audience and user.

  • From: Wednesday 13 February 2019, 8.30 am
  • To: Wednesday 13 February 2019, 4 pm
  • Location: Knight Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Monday 11 February 2019, 4.00 pm
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Event details

This work, undertaken by the Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, in collaboration with Nottingham Castle Trust, Nottingham City Council and the British Geological Survey, investigates the history of the site and its socio-cultural narratives.

The workshop is organised around one day of activities. The morning will focus on seminar talks by the researchers, scholars and experts in public engagement with museum’s collections, galleries and virtual reality for heritage. The afternoon is planned for talks by stakeholders, user groups’ representatives, sharing their reflection on current and previous displays. User groups, their representatives and public audience will have the chance to have a taster session with the current developed experience, advise on its development and contribute to its future design.


8.30 – 9.00

Registration and refreshments

9.00 – 9.10

Opening Session

Welcome Address
Barbara Matthews, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Culture

9.10 – 9.20

Engaging with Nottingham Castle: Encountering the Future
Professor Mohamed Gamal Abdelmonem, Director, Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, NTU

9.30 – 9.40

The Nottingham Castle Development Project Cal Warren, Programme Manager, Nottingham City Council

9.40 – 9.50

The Nottingham Castle Development Project
Cal Warren, Nottingham City Council

Session One

Public Interest in the History and Evolution of the Castle

9.50 – 10.10

The Virtual Reconstruction for Nottingham Castle
Antony Pidduck, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, NTU

10.10 – 10.30

Museums Engagement with difficult Heritage
Dr Duncan Grewcock, Principal Lecturer, Museum & Heritage Studies, NTU

10.30 – 10.50

A Brief History of Nottingham Castle
Scott Lomax, City Archaeologist, Nottingham City Council

10.50 – 11.10


11.10 – 11.20

Refreshment Break

Session Two

Innovative Displays for user engagement with museums

11.20 – 11.40

Innovative Displays: The Virtual Lace Machine
Professor Tom Fisher & Professor Amanda Briggs-Goode, School of Art & Design, NTU

11.40 – 12.00

Working with Museum Audiences – understanding the needs & wants of museum visitors
Benjamin Gammon

12.00 – 12.20

New media use in museums

David Patten

12.20 – 12.40


12.40 – 13.30

Lunch Break

13.30 – 13.50

The Nottingham Castle Development Project: Architect’s perspectives towards the future of the Castle
Rachael Roberts, Architect, Purcell UK

13.50 – 14.10

Engagement with Virtual Castle: User-groups testing of the VR experience: The Repository Model – VR test and video
Tiago Queiroz, Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Global Heritage, NTU

14.10 – 14.30

Terrestrial LiDAR Applications for Geo-Conservation and Monitoring Change
Lee Jones, British Geological Survey

14.30 – 15.30

User Group Perspectives
Discussion in small groups: Feedback, thoughts and ideas for the future

15.30 – 16.00

Collective Feedback and Discussion – What next for the Castle?

Reserve your place

This event is open to staff, students, and the public and is free to attend. To confirm your attendance please select 'reserve your place' at the top of the page.


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Location details


Knight Room, Nottingham Conference Centre


Burton Street


There is no parking available at the University itself, but there are many car parking facilities within a couple of minutes' walk. The nearest car park is Talbot Street Car Park. If using this car park, please exit onto Chaucer Street.

Travel Info:

To plan your journey to the NTU City Campus, please visit the Get Directions Page on the NTU website.

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