Bringing Richard III into sharp focus with DMU Heritage

By Dan Ableson

Students at DMU are encouraged to dust off their cameras and take part in a scheme to bring Richard III back to life.

The De Montfort University Heritage Committee is giving pupils the chance to submit design ideas for the deceased monarch by sending in photos and videos of a three dimensional model that best depicts him at the scene of his final battle.

Organiser at the Heritage Centre, Elizabeth Wheelband, said: “In 1485 the body of the defeated King Richard III was displayed in the Church of Annunciation. The ruins of this church now form part of the Heritage Centre based in the Hawthorn Building.

“The holographic installation will act as an artistic commemoration of King Richard and reflect his historic presence on the campus site.”

The winner, which will be judged by Vice-Chancellor Dominic Shellard and other stakeholders, will have the chance to work with Professor of Holography in the Imaging & Display Research Group, Martin Richardson.

After that, the successful applicant or applicants will get to transform their image or video into a hologram that will be on show to the public.

The scheme has been set-up to celebrate the first year of the Heritage Centre’s opening, which takes place in March 2016. And this is one of many historical projects that they have taken on in order for students to re-live the forgotten past.

Mrs Wheelband continued: “We showcase the rich history that surrounds our campus and tell the stories of the university and its contribution to teaching, research and the lives of our students over 145 years.

“It hosts two gallery spaces which will support an ongoing temporary exhibitions programme highlighting some of the fantastic work in our special collection and also the inspiring achievements of staff and students.

“History records show that Richard’s body was naked, battle-wounded and mutilated when it was put on display. It is not desired that the hologram will faithfully represent this as it would not be appropriate for the centre’s audience.”

Every student across all subjects are encouraged to take part in the challenge, particularly those from courses with a performing arts background.

All entries must be submitted by November 16th.

For further information on how to get involved or general enquiries contact heritage@dmu.ac.uk. Or to book a studio tour with Professor Richardson contact: MRichardson@dmu.ac.uk.

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