June 14th 2017, Solent University, Southampton
Since late 2016 members of the Mayflower 400 digital team had held monthly telephone conference calls to discuss projects and activities that could be done as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations being planned leading up to and during 2020.
The digital team recently got together to discuss ideas and concepts in a face-to-face hosted by Solent University in Southampton.
The team heard from a number of people on their activities:
Professor Robert Stone is Chair in Interactive Multimedia Systems within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Birmingham, where he is also Director of the Human Interface Technologies (HIT) Team. Bob presented a summary of his 30+ years experience in the VR/AR fields and showed his work to recreate the Mayflower in VR with avatars of crew and passengers. He also showed details of his work to ensure avatars replicate real life movement. This involved someone being being ‘dressed’ in a motion capture suit and having 360 degree cameras fitted and then climbing the rigging of a sailing ship. The resultant computer generated image can then be overlaid with human features and period clothes so they would look exactly like a member of the crew of the Mayflower in 1620.
Neil Brewlis, Senior Lecturer in AR/VR, School for Media Arts & Technology at Solent University spoke about his work on bringing ancient monuments to life through detailed mapping and visualisation and generating 3D movable images from 2D printed pictures and images.
Emma Taplow, Mayflower National Visitor Project Manager gave us an update on the new web site development and its launch and also spoke of the overall aims to co-ordinate and support the work around the country by Partner Cities. The current web site has been functioning as a ‘holding site’ until the new one was finished.
Adrian Moss of Focus Business Communications gave an overview of the project work completed including the development of an interactive digital map showing the known birthplaces and summary information of the passengers and crew of the Mayflower. He also showed the use of video for story telling with Tom Mor who was the designer of the New World Tapestry. He is also previewed the development plans for the creation of a virtual exhibition of the tapestry.
After the presentations the team then discussed other creative digital ideas and the wider engagement of the public through all sorts of activities. the critical importance of being able to develop and support an Apprenticeship programme as part of the project was also discussed.
It was agreed that a document be created of all the ideas so that it could be presented to the National Compact meeting being held later this year.