New Innovations in Heritage Presentation

Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd, in partnership with Blacklight, has developed a new and exciting approach to Heritage Presentation.Using state of the art audio visual technology together with archaeological research this new service brings history to life in the most vivid way imaginable. The first step of our approach is to identify the history of our target site through professional research and then develop a historic and cultural narrative that reflects that site’s heritage. Following the development of this narrative we then use state of the art audio-visual technology to ‘dress’ the site/building and reflect it’s story. The beauty of this approach is that any structure can become a canvas to tell the story of our past. The ‘illumination’ can range from projected images to laser and holographic images. 

This ‘Archaeo-illumination’ provides both cultural and economic benefits. Culturally the process can make old buildings come to life and also link new developments to the past, particularly in historic environments such as historic towns. It can be used to promote the story of a historic town or place in both an eye-catching and educational medium. From an economic perspective such projects can result in increased footfall and enhanced property values which result from increased civic pride and improved wellbeing.

Rubicon’s MD Colm Moloney will be joining his colleagues in Blacklight to present on the topic of Archaeo-illumination at a meeting of Business Improvement District (BIDs) leaders next week, in the presence of the Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay. The press release relating to this event can be found below.

The exterior of the Scottish Parliament as it currently appears (Rubicon Heritage Services)

The exterior of the Scottish Parliament as it currently appears (Rubicon Heritage Services)

Mock-up of the Scottish Parliament with Archaeo-illumination, drawing on the archaeological evidence from the site relating to Mesolithic activity and environment (Jonathan Millar, Rubicon Heritage Services)

Mock-up of the Scottish Parliament with Archaeo-illumination, drawing on the archaeological evidence from the site relating to Mesolithic activity and environment (Jonathan Millar, Rubicon Heritage Services)

Friday, 21 February

Minister encourages Business Improvement District leaders to aim to be different, adventurous and innovative!

The Minister for Local Government and Planning, Derek Mackay, who is responsible for the Scottish Government’s town centre regeneration strategy, will show his support for Scotland’s Business Improvement Districts at a meeting of BIDs leaders, in Perth Concert Hall on 25th February. Mr Mackay will encourage leaders to aim to be different, adventurous and more innovative.  Ahead of the event, Mr Mackay commented, “The BID initiative in Scotland has proved to be a great success, greatly contributing to the Scottish Government’s purpose of supporting sustainable economic growth. A key to its success is the commitment of those involved across the  private and public sectors to work together; invest in improvements to the local business environment, while contributing to the wider regeneration of the local community. The Scottish Government is looking forward to Scottish BID leaders taking up the challenge of a new era to innovate, develop and grow BIDs to genuinely empower and help businesses and communities thrive.”

The event aims to inspire, showcasing ideas and opportunities across three inherently Scottish-celebrated areas of excellence – Food and Drink, Heritage and Innovation.  Participants will hear about, Scottish Food and Drink Fortnight’s successes – the opportunity to get involved and strategically promote one of Scotland’s key sectors across the country; a vision for bringing cities, towns and heritage to life; and a new entrepreneurial challenge that embraces the need for towns to be innovative and to think beyond retail.

Host, and national body for BIDs in Scotland, Business Improvement Districts Scotland (BIDS) has played a leading role in the growth of BIDs in Scotland , in a matter of just 6 years – there are now over 40 BIDs in operation and development in Scotland.  BIDs Scotland has supported and grown the BIDs family from Lerwick to the Borders, from Dunoon to Aberdeen, with BIDs now in place in many Scottish towns and cities; and is evolving to support themed BIDs, such as business parks, tourism and the evening economy, with emerging opportunities for marine, food and drink, and textiles.

Dynamic partnership working between local businesses and councils, and an ever increasing community partnership, has led to BIDs all across Scotland delivering improvements to their areas through a range of projects that deliver over and above council provision; introducing innovative business benefits; and an increasing focus on a range of projects impacting on education, employment, cultural development, the green agenda and safer and stronger communities.  The success of BIDs has been enabled by the activities of BIDs Scotland, as a central national resource to provide advice and support; and by the continuing support of the Scottish Government, including its providing seedcorn grant funding for those wanting to develop and take forward proposals for new BIDs.

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