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Cultural Heritage Through Time (CHT2)

Developing products to visualise landscape change over time.

Diachronic landscape change studies are fundamental for documenting, maintaining and safeguarding all forms of cultural heritage in a sustainable manner.

“Cultural Heritage Through Time” (CHT2) was a European project, for which the scope was to develop time-varying 3D products, from landscape to architectural scale. It envisages and analyses lost scenarios or visualizes changes due to anthropic activities or intervention, pollution, wars, earthquakes or other natural hazards.

Cultural Heritage in Time

Project aims

The main project aims were:

a) to generate 4D digital models of heritage sites, integrating heterogeneous data and expertise

b) to develop a methodology for future monitoring of heritage evolution (structures and landscapes) as a means of safeguarding

c) to share multi-temporal information via the internet (webGIS) for remote analyses and to disseminate culture, evolution and lost assets

Cultural Heritage in Time

The project included case studies in each of the four participating countries: the city centre of Milan, Italy; the fortress city of Krakow, Poland; the medieval walls of Avila, Spain; Hadrian’s Wall and its landscape, UK.

In the UK case study, particular emphasis was placed on aspects of landscape change caused by coastal, fluvial and soil erosion and its impact on cultural heritage with implications for historic site management, stakeholder interpretation and sustainable development.

Further information: Visit our official website for more information and a full list of publications.

Cultural Heritage in Time

Funder: UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC, award number AH/N504440/1); Joint Programming Initiative in Cultural Heritage (JPI-CH)

Duration: 1st September 2015 - 31 May 2018

PI and further team: 

  • Jon Mills - Civil and Geospatial Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Ian Haynes - Archaeology, School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • Sam Turner - Director, McCord Centre for Landscape, School of History, Classics and Archaeology


European partners:

  • Politecnico di Milano
  • Salamanca University
  • Stanislaw Staszic Scientific Association

UK partners:

  • Historic England
  • English Heritage