Recreating lost community earns place in award final

A scene from the St Kilda virtual reconstructions.
A scene from the St Kilda virtual reconstructions.

A virtual reconstruction project undertaken by a research team at the University of St Andrews has been shortlisted for a prestigious Gaelic award.

The Open Worlds Group at the University created an interactive virtual St Kilda exhibit for an exhibition on North Uist last summer.

The project recreated the Village Bay as it would have looked around 1890. St Kilda, which was evacuated in 1930, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural heritage.

The work, which was carried out in collaboration with Eyemouth, Shetland, Taigh Chearsabhagh and Timespan museums, has now reached the finals of the Scottish Gaelic Awards in the category ‘Gaelic as an Economic Asset’.

The awards highlight aspects of Gaelic culture, education and language and showcase work that maintains cultural heritage.

The Open Works Group specialises in creating historic scenes by working closely with experts and communities.

It has also produced several St Andrews works, including St Andrews Cathedral as how it would have looked in 1318 and St Andrews Castle of around 1520.

The group involves the Schools of Computer Science and History and the SCAPE Trust.