The principal, Mrs Carmen López Sanchidrian welcomed us. We put across the main purposes of the CHT2 project and she gave us the keys to find out proper information about the study area (Alcázar gate and its surroundings) in the Archive. She also explained some crucial aspects about property rights. Since our interests were specially focussed on graphic information, her advice was helpful. After a comprehensive review of different collections of paintings, engravings and photographs a suitable selection was done. Moreover, we contact with IPCE (National Heritage Institute) to query high quality copies of some documents not available in Ávila.
Professor Tapia is a local historian, author of several papers and books that deal with Ávila Walls. He has a deep knowledge on both history and historical sources. He introduced us to the evolution of the Alcázar gate throughout the history and showed us its main changes as well as the main damage suffered because of wars and time deterioration. It was a good start since professor Tapia had located a lot of graphic information in his previous works that was scattered in different archives and private collections.
Members of the CHT2 UK team today met with representatives of English Heritage and Historic England at Newcastle University. The purpose of the meeting was to establish collaboration between Newcastle University and Historic England/English Heritage, to avoid duplication of existing work, to share the data and maximise benefits to all parties from the project. Three sites affected by erosion have been identified as potential areas of interest: Birdoswald, Corbridge and Beckfoot, and it was agreed to make these the focal points of the study. It was also agreed that the first step would be to explore the archives of English Heritage and to find out what datasets are available for each of the sites. English Heritage kindly agreed to provide digital copies of any data required from the archives to the project at their own cost.
Although already started from September 1st 2015 mainly with management activities, the operating stage of CHT2 started on January 25th 2016 at 9:00 with the kick-off meeting.
Held in Milan (Italy) at the Bovisa Campus of Politecnico di Milano, it had the active participation of all european partners.
The actual individual at the meeting were: Gabriele Guidi, Sara Gonizzi Barsanti, Laura Loredana Micoli, Davide Angheleddu, Diana Canova, Vanessa Caterina Tritone from Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI); Jon Mills and Ian Haynes from Newcastle University (NCL); Diego Gonzàles Aguilera from University of Salamanca (USAL); Beata Hejmanowska form Scientific Stanisław Staszic Association (SSSA).
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After a general introduction of Gabriele Guidi (POLIMI) regarding the project aims, and a presentation of all the disciplinary profiles of the individuals present at the meeting, a specific discussion about the activities to pursue in the different Work Packages was made. Diego Gonzales Aguilera from USAL introduced the activities to be made for the Methodology Definition (WP2); Gabriele Guidi from POLIMI for the Data Collection & 4D Model Creation (WP3); Beata Hejmanowska from SSSA for 4D Model Publication (WP4); and Jon Mills from NCL for Dissemination and Exploitation (WP5).