Panel: Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Crisis

Nature of event

Panel Discussion


March 25th, 2019


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Broadcasting House

Digital Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Crisis

Broadcasting House, London, UK

25 March 2019, 16:00

Free Admission

In recent years, the digitisation of cultural preservation has become a priority among researchers, artists, and developers at institutions ranging from the Victoria and Albert Museum to UNESCO. This special event explores the role of investigative documentary in these efforts, unearthing histories and contemporary threats – such as siege, bombing, looting and smuggling – to their remains. Using digital technology to advance their investigation, BBC Arabic have been able to capture stories in more detail than ever before, presenting an opportunity for future generations to experience, examine and study these sites.

A year-long investigation across three continents reveals a lawless antiquities trade that is ultimately robbing the Middle East of its own history. BBC Arabic’s Digital Investigation team, working with Forensic Architecture, will take you on a multi-media journey tracing the stories behind the looted objects. With the help of video footage, interactive animation, stills and documents collected using cutting edge digital technology they will reveal the trail of these antiquities.

This is an active investigation. The results of this research will be revealed for the first time at this event.


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