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Projects and Funding


  • The Virtualised and Visualised Gallery - Eastside Projects: KVL in collaboration with the Visualisation Research Unit, Birmingham City University will create a comparative exploration of the creative and curatorial potential of four different virtual environments, including activities in OpenSim and X3D. Creating pilot 3D online, user-customisable version of the Eastside Projects Gallery, Birmingham and its collection, and providing a platform for the creation of natively virtual and mixed reality contemporary artworks. Funded by Arts Council England 2009-10.
  • The Cornish Ordinalia Project: Pilot project headed by KVL in collaboration with the Cornish Language Partnership to create a virtual performance by native cornish speakers of the opening scene of Origo Mundi. The recording will be used in connection with KVL's Piran Round Theatre in THEATRON 3, Second Life Project.
  • Villa at Boscoreale: King's Visualisation Lab has been commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York to digitally reassemble the architecture and sumptuous, but widely dispersed, frescoes and mosaics of this villa.


  • Implementing The London Charter in Second Life: tools and tutorials for the digitisation of cultural heritage in Multi-User Virtual Environments. A collaborative, bi-lingual development of tools, guides and a heritage visualisation ontology to aid in the implementation, in virtual worlds, of The London Charter. By KVL and the Corso do Informatica Umanistica (INFOUMA), University of Pisa, funded by the British Council & Ministero dell'Universita e della Ricerca.
  • Villa of Oplontis: The largest and most sumptuous Roman villa ever to be discovered; funded by the NEH and Leverhulme Trust, King's Visualisation Lab is working closely with Prof. John Clarke at the University of Texas, and the Superintendent of Pompeii/Herculanium to complete a 3d digital model, in both static and interactive, virtual world versions, fully documenting he architecture and decor of the Villa.
  • Rhythmic Spaces: A mixed reality performance by Michael Takeo Magruder and KVL, taking place simultaneously in real space with actual performers, and in Second Life virtual world with virtual space and scenic environment projected back into the actual space, and performed before a live audience. www.takeo.org/downloads/mtm_rhythmic-spaces.pdf
  • Vitruvian World: Mixed reality artwork by Michael Takeo Magruder and KVL, combining a real-time generator of temples built according to Vitruvian formulae with three distinctive approaches to presence in the world and the virtual world. www.takeo.org/downloads/mtm_the-vitruvian-world.pdf


  • THEATRON 3: Second Life Educational Undertakings in Theatre History. Funded by the Eduserv foundation, KVL will head a consortium to create learning environments and innovative pedagogy relating to twenty fully navigable iconic European theatres in the Second Life Virtual World.
  • The Theatres at Pompeii: The first ever full scientific site survey of the Large Theatre at Pompeii and small, roofed theatre/odeion. KVL, in collaboration with Prof. Frank Sear, University of Melbourne, created detailed, measured, textured models of the architecture. Funded by the British Academy 2007-2008.
  • The London Charter: This is an international grouping of prominent heritage visualisation experts, led by Beacham, Denard (KVL), Franco Niccolucci and Sorin Hermon. With support by EPOCH, 3DVisA, Arts and Humanities Research Council ICT Methods Network, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, The London Charter provides guidelines for the use of 3-dimensional visualisation in the research and communication of cultural heritage while seeking to establish what is required for 3d visualisation to be, and to be seen to be, as intellectually rigorous and robust as any other research method. www.londoncharter.org


  • The Body and Mask in Ancient Theatre Space: The project will apply advanced 3 dimensional technologies to study the practice of ancient mask theatre. AHRC, May 2006.
  • How Kew Grew: 3D landscape and buildings visualisation generated for 12 min DVD exhibit. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Launch date 25th May 2006.


  • 3D VISA: A 3D Visualisation in the Arts Network supporting users of 3D visualisation in the Arts and Humanities in UK universities. JISC.
  • Making Space: This project will focus on advanced methodologies for tracking and documenting the cognitive process in 3-dimensional visualisation-based research. AHRC ICT Methods Network, November 2005.


  • Warwick 4000, University of Warwick 40th Anniversary Fund and Others, November 2004, with Dr Stephen Hill, Campus Archaeologist, £6,000. 3D Interactive Map of University Campus visualising 4000 years of history onsite, and installations.
  • Neolithic Settlements on Westwood Campus. Project directed by Dr. Stephen Hill, funded project.
  • Cinema History Project, directed by Dr Jon Burrows and Dr. Martin Pumphrey, Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick Research Development Fund, 2004. 3D Visualisation of architectural and social history of British cinemas.
  • British School of Archaeology in Athens: prehistoric site of Filakopí on Milos, Greece, July 2004. Martin Blazeby worked with the BSA site Directors, Dr Neil Brodie of the McDonald Institute, Cambridge and Professor Lord Renfrew, interpreting archaeological survey data into a virtual reality visualisation. This was the first time that the BSA had used 3D visualisation techniques to interpret archaeology and Mr Blazeby has been invited to undertake further work in July 2005.
  • RSC (Royal Shakespeare Company) Stratford-upon-Avon Redevelopment Project: architectural visualisations for the RSC's development and planning department assisting promotion of major redevelopment and construction work.
  • Roman Colchester: real-time navigable model and user interface for Virtual Experience Company.
  • Dove Cottage: QuickTime tour for Virtual Experience Company.
  • Shaftesbury Abbey: 3d reconstruction and user interface for Virtual Experience Company.
  • Wickham Theatre: 3d reconstruction of historic theatre, and motion capture work for researchers in Theatre History, University of Bristol
  • Meiotic Recombination Project: 3D visualisation of genetic process for researchers in Biological Sciences, University of Warwick.
  • Didaskalia: 3D visualisations for online educational resource.


  • Virtual Reality and Theatre History, HEFCE SRIF 2, August 2003, £70,000. Advanced ChromaKey, motion capture, and Mixed Reality equipment.
  • Stages of Theatre - From the Greeks to Shakespeare CD-ROM: Multimedia content, 3D modeling and interface design.


  • ARCHES, JISC Exchange for Learning Programme, 9 May 2002, £150,000. Embedding advanced electronic resources in teaching and learning.
  • Adolphe Appia: Virtual Reconstructions and Performances. AHRB, May 2002, £103,000.
  • The Leverhulme Trust: £55,000 for Investigating Pompeian Wall Paintings through Virtual Reality. Co-Director, Dr. Hugh Denard. 2002-2003.
  • The Joint Information Systems Committee: £150,000 for "ARCHES: Antiquity-Related Collections Harnessed for Educational Scenarios". A Programme for Developing Digitally Based Teaching Applications and Materials. Co-Director, Dr. Hugh Denard. 2002-2004. http://www.warwick.ac.uk/ETS/arches/
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Board: £102,000 for "Adolphe Appia at Hellerau: Virtual Reconstructions and Performances". 2002-2004.


  • Investigating Pompeian Wall Paintings through Virtual Reality, 12 November 2001, Leverhulme, £55,000 VR-based research into scenographic Roman wall paintings and performative architectural ensembles.
  • Didaskalia: Interactive Research and Teaching Resources on the World Wide Web, University of Warwick, 15 June 2001, £3,000. Development and support of on-line journal and web-resources.
  • Performing Culture: Theatre and Theatricality in Roman Pictorial Arts, 17 April 2001, University of Warwick, £4,120.
  • Overseas Conference Grant, 12 June 2001, British Academy, £369 for Hugh Denard to give paper at ACH/ALLC conference, New York, June 2001.


  • Theatre, Teaching and Information Technology, University of Warwick, 1 July 1999, £4,863. Interactive, web-interface for research-based, student-centred, distance learning.
  • The European Community, Multimedia Task Force in Education: £450,000 for the THEATRON Project. 1999-2001. http://www.theatron.org/ Computerworld Honors Program, Gold medal award for education and academia 2002.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Board: £15,000 to support Study leave for work on "The Pompey Project", Phase two, year one.
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Board: £165,000 for "The Pompey Project", Phase two, years one to three. 1999-2002.


  • The British Academy £160,000 to fund an Institutional Research Fellow for four years in advanced computer modelling applied to Theatre History Research.
  • The British Humanities Research Board: £4,000 for "The Pompey Project".
  • The Leverhulme Trust: £9,000 for "The Pompey Project".
  • Historic Scotland Project: 3d reconstruction of Cairnbaan.


  • The J. Paul Getty Trust: $250,000 Conservation Grant to assist in the restoration of the Hellerau Festspielhaus. 1997
  • Kilmartin Valley Project, funded by SCRAN, Scotland: In collaboration with the Department of Archaeology, University of Glasgow developed a virtual reality reconstruction of Fort Dunadd. The resultant model was also transformed into a game for use as a teaching aid in Scottish Primary Schools.
  • Greek Drama from Ritual to Theatre VIDEO SERIES - 3D animated fly-through sequences and graphic illustrations for Films for the Humanities, USA


  • The British Academy to fund a Research Assistant to Richard Beacham for two years to prepare a CD-Rom in Theatre History.
  • The National Museum for the Performing Arts, Covent Garden "Stage for Dionysus" interactive exhibit, and subsequent CR-ROM: Sponsored by the Mercouri Foundation, Greece. Touch-screen interface and 3D animated walk-through sequences for an exhibition staged at the Theatre Museum, Covent Garden, London.


  • The J. Paul Getty Museum: $350,000 to produce Plautus professionally on a Replica Roman Stage 1995

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