Derry’s Walls go digital!

Derry's historic Walls are being digitally scanned to mark their 400th birthday.
Derry's historic Walls are being digitally scanned to mark their 400th birthday.

Derry’s historic City Walls, the largest scheduled ancient monument in Northern Ireland, are being digitally scanned for their 400th birthday.

The work is being carried out by the Discovery Programme which is based in Dublin.

3D-ICONS is a 3 year EU co-funded project which will focus on the 3D documentation of UNESCO World Heritage monuments and

other monuments of outstanding value at European level.

Mark Lusby, of the Holywell Trust, remarked: “We will be showcasing some of the results obtained, so far, at the Walls 400! History Conference which will take place at the the Verbal Arts Centre on April 6 and 7.

He says: “We are working with Digital Derry and the Nerve Centre Fab Lab to look at how the data generated by the Discovery Programme can be used for our heritage education programmes and to help entrepreneurs develop new commercial products.

“The fact that Derry’s Walls have been selected is testimony to how their heritage value is perceived at a national and European level.”

Also on show at the conference will be the work of Derry digital artist, Shaun Whoriskey, who is working with the Holywell Trust to digitally model Bishop’s Gate, revealing historic details and creating a timeline showing how the gate has evolved since 1613.

Tickets for the Walls 400! History Conference must be purchased in advance from the Playhouse Box Office. Tel: (028) 71 268027.