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Hugh Denard

Dr Hugh Denard

DenardLecturer in Digital Humanities

Tel 0207 848 2680
Address Department of Digital Humanities,
S3.28 Strand Building,
King's College London,
London, WC2R 2LS

My research focuses on the use of digital visualisation, 3D modelling and virtual reality in historical research and the cultural heritage sector. I initiated and edit The London Charter (, a widely influential international guideline for heritage visualisation. In 2015, I led the creation of Virtual Heritage Network: Ireland (, which connects and supports initiatives in the academic, business, education, cultural heritage, policy and tourism sectors.

As a theatre historian, I have special interests in ancient Greek and Roman and modern Irish theatre. Recent work includes an EC-funded project on the Lost Theatres of Dublin ( Previously, I have co-directed projects funded by the AHRC, Arts Council England, British Council, Eduserv, EU, JISC, Leverhulme, Mellon, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This work, with Richard Beacham, Drew Baker, Martin Blazeby, Michael Takeo Magruder and others, has emphasized the interpretation of theatrically-themed Roman art and architecture (

Research Interests and PhD supervision
  • Digital visualisation for historical research and/or cultural heritage
  • Virtual Reality in the humanities and for cultural heritage
  • Greek and Roman theatre history
  • Modern Irish theatre history
Selected publications
  • Denard, Hugh and Smith, Freya Clare Lost-Theatres.Net: Researching Past Places of Performance [Project Website] (2014-17)
  • Denard, Hugh “Implementing best practice in Cultural Heritage Visualisation: the London Charter” in Cristina Corsi, Božidar Slapšak, Frank Vermeulen (Eds) Good Practice in Archaeological Diagnostics: non-invasive survey of complex archaeological sites (Springer, 2013), 255-268.
  • Beacham, Richard; Baker, Drew; Blazeby, Martin; Denard, Hugh “The Digital Visualisation of the Villa at Boscoreale” in D’Alix Barbet & Annie Verbanck-Piérard (Eds) La Villa Romaine De Boscoreale et Ses Fresques Vol.2. (Arles: Éditions Errance, 2013) 165-195.
  • Denard, Hugh “The London Charter for the Computer-based Visualisation of Cultural Heritage” and in A. Bentkowska Kafel, D. Baker and H. Denard (Eds.) Paradata and Transparency in Virtual Heritage (Ashgate, 2012), 73-78.
  • “Learning by building in Second Life: reflections on interdisciplinary and international experiences” Co-authors: Enrica Salvatori & Maria Simi in Giovanni Vincenti & James Braman (eds) Multi-User Virtual Environments for the Classroom: Practical Approaches to Teaching in Virtual Worlds (IGI Global, 2011), 134-158

At postgraduate level, my teaching centres on the use of digital visualisation in historical research and the cultural heritage sector, as well as on the cultural, cognitive and epistemological aspects of Virtual Reality technologies.

At undergraduate level, I teach modules on the social, personal and ideological aspects of digital technologies in contemporary culture. 
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