is the public body that champions and protects England’s historic places. Like many public bodies, Historic England has embraced digital transformation and has identified that it has large numbers of valuable, yet underutilised, text and image data assets. Historic England was interested in exploring the ways in which Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be able to boost public access and engagement for some of these assets.
Storm ID was appointed by Historic England to undertake a Discovery project to review some of the incredible data assets that Historic England holds, to identify how AI could be applied to enhance public engagement.
Our Consultancy and Data Science Teams rapidly evaluated and scoped the most significant opportunities to leverage AI, both to improve the quality of digital engagement with audiences, as well as support internal process efficiency.
We reviewed the Historic England Archive, which contains 12 million photographs, drawings and report records relating to the archaeology and architecture of England. We also reviewed the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), England's official database of protected heritage assets, containing 400,000 records as well as England's Places Collection and aerial photographs covering the whole of England, dating from the early 20th century to the present day.
From the review, an initial twenty AI use cases were identified. These were ranked using feasibility and value for public engagement variables. This enabled a short list containing the ten strongest AI candidates to be established.