Historic 3D visualisation

Heritage Technology offers a cutting-edge 3D visualisation service that brings to life historic (and pre-historic!) spaces, landscapes and structures.

We aim to provide expertise and support in two major areas:

  • Presentation and visitor engagement. Our visualisations offer a unique way of engaging visitors to historic attractions by presenting often complex information via an easily-understandable, visual medium. Spaces and structures are immediately more comprehensible when presented in three dimensions, and when combined with the capabilities of our digital interactives, 3D visualisation becomes a powerful tool that helps people get the most from their visit.

  • Research and analysis. 3D visualisation is a highly effective tool aiding the analysis of information generated by research into aspects of archaeology and the built environment. Heritage Technology works in partnership with research projects to aid the research process and deliver engaging, high impact outcomes that accurately portray both hypotheses and findings.


Our historic visualisation service offers a wide range of potential outputs to suit all requirements and budgets:

  • Still images, showing the space or structure from a defined position or angle.
  • Fly-throughs and movies, allowing the viewer to be guided through a space to highlight key features or show routes of movement.
  • Animations, incorporating a sense of life and movement within the visualisation. We specialise in both character (human and animal) and mechanical animation.

Our still images are often used for inclusion on web-pages, static display boards or in hard-copy literature. Fly-throughs and animations are similarly popular for web-based presentation, but can also be utilised in digital interactives such as on-site touchscreen installations or mobile phone applications.

The process of visualisation development is flexible and can be tailored to suit any combination of outputs and requirements. Likewise, varying timescales and budgets can be accommodated, and we pride ourselves in helping organisations find effective methods of presentation that suit their means.

Sound and music

By its very name, '3D visualisation' is primarily a visual medium that encourages viewers to engage with their eyes. While this is effective for many situations, the incorporation of sound can add a valuable extra dimension that enables engagement across the senses and truely immerses the viewer.

Heritage Technology utilises well-respected sound repositories to recreate environmental sound (wind, wildlife, background chatter, etc), mechanical noise (machinery, door movements, etc) and human speech and movements (footsteps, eating, etc). We can also source music to accompany our visualisations.

Research expertise

All Heritage Technology staff hold post-graduate degree level qualifications in archaeology, and we feel this background gives us vital insight when creating historic visualisations.

The success of our historic visualisation projects is as much the result of extensive, quality research as it is technical expertise, and this extra level of understanding reflects directly in the detail and accuracy of our outputs. Although our visualisations are high-quality and technically precise, we believe it is their academic credibility and authenticity that really sets them apart!

Recent projects

A 3D visualisation of Temple Newsam house, near Leeds, and its surroundings as it would have appeared in the late 17th century.

Reconstructing the structure and environs of a medieval manor house using 17th century artistic sketches. Project developed for the Harewood Estate, near Leeds.

A series of computer generated fly-throughs and an interactive touchscreen installation helps visitors explore the 17th century heritage of Harewood House.

Heritage Technology supplies 3D visualisation for an ongoing project at Holy Trinity Micklegate, York, that explores the medieval priory that once dominated the area.