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Digital Building Heritage, Leicester School of Architecture, De Montfort University (DMU), Leicester, UK.

Digital Building Heritage Group 

Applying advanced digital technologies to the understanding and interpretation of historic buildings

Digital Building Heritage 
Digital Building Heritage Group

Visualising the past and learning from history

Digital Building Heritage
Digital Building Heritage Group

Enabling community heritage groups and promoting cultural tourism

Digital Building Heritage
Digital Building Heritage Group

Engaging in world leading scholarship and research

Digital Building Heritage
Digital Building Heritage Group

Working with business and industry

Digital Building Heritage

Digital Building Heritage Group (DBHG)

The Digital Building Heritage Group is a multi-disciplinary research cluster of staff and research students at De Montfort University with a shared interest in the use of digital techniques to observe, analyse, understand and interpret historic buildings and the people and artefacts associated with them. We work effectively together with a range of public, private and community heritage organisations to assist them in achieving their aims and we carry out high quality, internationally recognised research. Our projects are clearly formulated as 'real world' research which is seen as one of the core strengths of De Montfort University. These projects cross traditional boundaries, with the aim of enhancing the quality of DMU’s teaching and research programmes and serving the needs of society in a transformational way.

Research Group Affiliations

  • English Heritage
  • National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
  • The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
  • The Association for Heritage Interpretation (AHI)
  • The London Charter

Services for Business

The Digital Building Heritage Group has a range of expertise and facilities centred on the use of digital technologies and scholarship in architectural history which are applied to the understanding and interpretation of ancient and historic buildings. The Group has strong links with heritage organisations in the UK and overseas and carries out collaborative project work with them to achieve shared goals.

The Digital Building Heritage Group can help your business, community or heritage organization realise its aims and ambitions through the use of digital technologies to measure, visualize, interpret, understand and communicate your areas of interest to the audiences that matter to you. The kinds of technologies, and expertise available are: 

  • Detailed surveying and recording of historic buildings and structures in the field. 
  • High quality 3D Digital modelling. 
  • 3D laser scanning of parts of buildings, monuments and historic artefacts. 
  • 3D printing of physical models for exhibition and interpretation. 
  • Design and fabrication of static and interactive visitor displays. 
  • Computer animation and real time Virtual Reality (VR) simulation of historic buildings. 
  • Web design and on-line informatics including mobile enabled websites. 
  • Archival research and investigation.
  • Expert witness and report writing.
  • Academic publication of research.

Using our technologies and expertise we can assist you to:

  • Engage a wider public and target specific user groups.
  • Increase footfall to your sites and facilities.
  • Optimise visitor engagement before, during and after visits.
  • Increase or optimise applications in membership based organisations.
  • Assist with Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) applications and applications to a range of other government, academic and charitable funding bodies.
  • Unlock and effectively utilize and share dispersed, historical and archived data.
  • Forge collaborative partnerships and generate project concepts.

New, Events and Conferences



News of the latest conferences, workshops, new and ongoing projects and what PhD and Masters research students are doing at the Digital Building Heritage Group can be found on the Group’s blog-site, use the link below: 


Specialist Facilities & Equipment

The Digital Building Heritage project has the following specialist facilities and equipment:

  • Laser scanning
  • 3D printing of architectural models and archaeological artefacts.
  • Workshops for exhibition and display fabrication
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