We’d like to introduce you to the Insites to Digital Heritage Project. This project aims to increase the digital and immersive tourism skills of managers of cultural heritage custodians, VET Providers and business mentors in order to create new and engaging digital cultural heritage tourism experiences for customers.

What do we mean by Cultural heritage tourism?
Cultural heritage tourism is defined as “travel to experience the places, artefacts and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present, including cultural historic and natural resources” such as urban and rural landscapes, museums, theatres, archaeological sites, historical monuments and cultural interpretation centres.

In the last 18 months, with people not be able to travel due to Covid restrictions, many heritage sites have looked at different ways to bring heritage to the community. For example Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Roscommon have produced a fantastic virtual tour where you can enjoy 360° panoramic views of their internationally significant archaeological landscape. They hope that the virtual tour will encourage viewers to visit in person. You can view the tour on their website, and every go into Oweynagat Cave – the cave of the cats, from the comfort of your home: https://www.rathcroghan.ie/discover/virtual-rathcroghan/

The first tangible results of the Insites to Digital Heritage project will be the intellectual outputs which will be used by VET educators/ mentors:

  •  IO1 The Future – Immersive Cultural Heritage Experiences OERs, a multilingual cultural heritage tourism training pack which upskills learners in the powerful potential of digital technology to rejuvenate, preserve and grow cultural heritage tourism in Europe.
  • IO2 Active Peer Learning Guide  which captures inspirational case studies & best practice examples of cultural and heritage tourism businesses across Europe who have improved their digital skills and embraced technology in innovative ways to rejuvenate, preserve and grow their cultural heritage tourism business.
  • IO3 Digital Cultural Heritage MOOC. This multilingual MOOC offers a one-stop digital training point where cultural heritage custodians can “drop-in” & access up-to-date info, guidance & training from European digital cultural heritage experts.
  • IO4 Digital Cultural Heritage Technology Toolkit which identifies, rigorously tests and guides the use of 20+ low/no-cost digital tools with the powerful potential to rejuvenate, preserve and grow cultural heritage tourism.

To find out more about the project please visit the website: https://www.insitesproject.eu/

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Insites is Erasmus+ project, bringing together a range of partners from all over Europe.