Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Talk - Metalwork treasures scanned for pioneering 3D archive (Sheffield)

a PIONEERING project using the latest 3D technology is set to sharpen the cutting edge of Sheffield’s 800-year-old tradition of metalwork.

Funded by JISC, the UK’s expert on information and digital technologies for education and research, it has seen Museums Sheffield working in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University to create a virtual 3D archive of key pieces from the city’s world–famous metalwork collection.

The Objects in 3D project has allowed Museums Sheffield to create three dimensional images of over 200 objects. Using fast scanning technologies, researchers from Sheffield Hallam University have captured 3D images of pieces, including a Sheffield-made Britannia metal mustard pot and an ornate silver card case from late 19th century Bombay. Objects which aren’t normally displayed, or are too delicate for handling, can now be experienced ‘virtually’ from anywhere in the world.

Lucy Cooper, curator of Metalwork, Museums, Sheffield, said: “Metalwork is such an important part of the city’s heritage and it’s fantastic to be able to share these objects in this unique way.

“Sheffield’s metalworking reputation was built on innovation, so it’s fitting that we’ve been able to showcase the collection using such pioneering techniques.”

The 3D fast-scanning technology used in the digitisation process has been developed by Sheffield Hallam University’s Geometric Modelling and Pattern Recognition Research Group.

To find out more about how the Objects in 3D project was developed, join Ms Cooper at the Millennium Gallery on Thursday at 1pm for a free lunchtime talk.

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