Derry’s famous 400 year old walls are being brought into the digital age.
The 17th century ramparts are being digitally scanned by the Dublin-based Discovery Programme as part of the EU-funded 3D-Icons project. The data produced will be of value in future conservation work, as a tool for schools and colleges and as a resource for businesses.
Holywell Trust is Derry is delivering the City Walls Heritage Project, an initiative seeking to engage people with the heritage of Derry’s Walls. On Sunday Derry’s Mayor Martin Reilly and City Walls Heritage Officer, Mark Lusby met with the Discovery Programme’s Anthony Corns and Rob Shaw on the Walls.
This year marks the Walls’ 400th anniversary. In August 1613, two representatives from the City of London, George Smithes, Alderman, and Mathias Springham, Merchant Taylor, along with ten experienced local officers, “viewed and trode out the ground at the Derry for the fortification there.”
The Discovery Programme is a public institution set up to pursue advanced research in Irish archaeology.