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Saturday, 2 March 2013

Historic hall annual lecture lends an ear to past with heritage sounds

Merchant Adventurers' Hall, York.
A public lecture at York’s historic Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will examine how audio and acoustics can help us investigate our past and design our future.

Dr Damian Murphy, from the University of York, will deliver the annual Merchant Adventurers’ Science Discovery Lecture at 6.30pm on Tuesday (5 March) and explain how we gain a better understanding of our heritage and its preservation by considering the sounds associated with sites and landscapes.

Dr Murphy, from the university’s department of electronics, said: “Sound often takes second place to our more dominant visual sense, yet the acoustic preservation of our heritage and environment is as important as any other aspect.

"One thing we can be sure of is that the past was not a silent place. Through acoustic measurement and modelling, we can build a more complete understanding of our past.

“Similar techniques are also key aspects of today’s architectural and environmental engineering design process. They enable all manner of proposed buildings and spaces, from concert halls and classrooms to major developments such as new roads and railway lines, to be tested for the acoustic impact they will have on our day-to-day and future lives.”

Admission to Hearing the Past, Designing the Future: Audio and Acoustics in Digital Heritage Research is by free ticket. Further information: or email or phone 01904 324778.

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