OctoVision Helps an Archeological Dig Go Digital

C4DI-based aerial photography company OctoVision Media has recently completed a project with Humber Field Archeology to reveal never-before-seen views of Hull's military history.

The company captured stunning imagery of South Blockhouse, a fortress just over the river from our building that was commissioned by Henry VIII in 1541 to house guns and shield the gunners and ammunition from an attack. It was part of a system of three linked forts designed to protect the city and its port.

The project, supported by Historic England and Hull City Council, saw a team of archaeologists exposing the foundations of the blockhouse, which are around two feet below ground.

Photo: OctoVision Media

Photo: OctoVision Media

"Capturing projects like this with our drones really brings the history to life," Chris Fenton, Director of OctoVision explains.

"It's the second time we've worked with Humber Field Archeology on this exciting project. The first time, we mapped out the blockhouse from above to give people an idea of the size and shape. These images have now been overlaid with the new images of the dig."

Aerial shots played a crucial role in the project for two reasons. Firstly, with these images, the blockhouse is brought to life in a way that would have been unachievable with any other form of media.

Meanwhile, the engaging video also created a buzz among the general public, boosting visits to almost 500 on the last open day.

The blockhouse has now been covered over; however, it's hoped that - with the help OctoVision's work - more interest in the blockhouse is drummed up to enable the site to become a permanent hotspot for tourists and history buffs.

“It’s a real honour to be involved in Hull-based projects like this,” he enthuses.

OctoVision works with a wide range of businesses and organisations to deliver aerial photography and videography. Their mapping capabilities are particularly useful for event organisers, including Hull Fair and Hull Pride.

"Mapping is useful for ensuring public safety at large events. Traditionally, organisers would use Google Maps to plan, but this isn't always up to date. We provide them with an accurate representation of the area for them to pinpoint event layouts, access routes and exits," Chris adds.

View more work from OctoVision on their website. Meanwhile, you can find out more about South Blockhouse on the Humber Field Archeology Facebook page.

Photo: OctoVision Media

Photo: OctoVision Media