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Martin Blazeby

Martin Blazeby

Research Fellow

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Martin Blazeby is a research fellow and core member of King's Visualisation Lab (KVL) located in the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London. His main area of research focuses on architectural and archaeological visualisations of heritage sites using the London Charter as a benchmark to ensure intellectual integrity of computer-based visualisation methods and scholarly output. As well as being interested in the application of advanced 3D technologies for the study and communication of cultural heritage domains, Martin also has experience in 2D graphical design work and has a great deal of expertise in the virtual reconstruction of Roman fresco paintings.

Research Interests

Since 1996 Martin has worked on many research based projects including the THEATRON project, an online teaching resource funded by the European Commission. THEATRON achieved a gold medal for education and academia at the Computer World magazine honours programme due to the unique way in which ‘real-time’ navigable 3D models of historic theatre spaces can be explored by users to encourage active learning. In addition to academic research funded projects Martin has been involved in various commercial based projects including ‘How Kew Grew’, where he directed and produced a 15 minute CGI animation highlighting 300 years of architectural and landscape changes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The finished animation was exhibited to the public on a large cinema screen and subsequently used as a feature in the ‘History of Kew’ DVD narrated by Lord Attenborough.

Selected publications
  • “The Villa of Oplontis: Interactive navigable 3D model and co-authored chapter” to accompany a four-volume Born-Digital electronic book in the Humanities E-Book series of the American Council of Learned Societies. Forthcoming 2015. 
  • “The Visualisation of the Boscoreale Villa in 3-D” with Prof. Richard Beacham, Drew Baker and Dr. Hugh Denard. Les fresques romaines de Boscoreale : Perspectives Actuelles. Published by Musée royal de Mariemont Brussels 2013 
  • “Digitising Mask Miniatures: A Life beyond a Museum Display” The Preservation of Complex Objects Volume 1. Published by the University of Portsmouth 2012
For a complete list of publications, please see Martin's full research profile.

Martin currently coordinates the Applied Visualisation in the Arts module on the Digital Humanities masters course.

Expertise and public engagement

Martin Blazeby has assisted with excavations at the BSA in Greece and has conducted on-site research at Pompeii. His 3D illustrations can be seen in numerous books, articles and online publications; he has also produced interactive museum exhibits and his visualisations have been displayed in exhibitions around the world and featured in television documentaries.

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