An exciting new project has allowed some of the University’s Egyptian archaeology collection to be put on virtual display.
A collaboration between the University Museums and Mercury 92, a company that specialises in corporate design and communication who wanted to pilot their ZynQ 360 visualisation software with a museum collection. As with most museums, less than 5% of the University’s museum collections are ever on display at one time and many areas such as the museum stores have restricted access. We are therefore always keen to consider new and interesting ways to increase access to the collections.
The Mercury 92 team visited the Museum Collections Centre at Marischal College to carry out a photogrammetricsurvey of 14 objects. To do this, they took between 25 and 80 images of each object in order, which the software then re-assembled to create photo-realistic 3D models of each artefact.
Once the artefacts were digitised, Mercury 92 went to work on creating a representation of a tomb in which to display the objects. They studied plan layouts of tombs from various Egyptian kingdoms and created one which had the most common features but laid it out as it if was a museum exhibition, with objects being displayed on plinths.
A visit to the virtual exhibition starts with a view of the museum store – an important part of all museums, but one that is rarely possible for visitors to see. Visitors then travel into an imagined tomb and can look at a selection of artefacts. Unlike in a conventional exhibition, visitors can virtually ‘pic up’ and examine the artefacts closely.
For access to the virtual tomb click here.