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15 March 2018

Christ's College, Cambridge

An all-day workshop organised by Cambridge Digital Humanities and the Fitzwilliam Museum, with the support of the University of Cambridge’s Arts and Humanities Impact Fund


Panel speakers. From left to right: Steven Dey, Anais Aguerre, Jonathan Beck and Panel Chair, David Saunders.
Workshop audience at Christ's College

The workshop brought together experts in a range of topics related to the study of, and interaction with, three-dimensional museum objects and their replicas. Participants explored, in particular, the way in which 3D sensing, digital modelling and the production of replicas can support and enhance the study and interpretation of 3D objects. The public's perception and they ways in which people interact with these objects were also be considered.

The guest speakers presented the state-of-the-art of research in these fields and discussed best practices for the choice of suitable, affordable and impactful solutions. Their presentations are now available below.


Workshop participants working together to issue the creative challenge


The workshop participants were then asked to work together and issue a ‘creative challenge’ to design and produce objects inspired by a selection of polychrome wooden sculptures in the Fitzwilliam Museum collection, which will be advertised to members of Cambridge’s Community Workshop MakeSpace and more broadly, to interested industrial and academic parties.

The afternoon session of the workshop also included a hands-on 3D scanning exercise at the Fitzwilliam Museum.


Jonathan Beck explaining how to use a structured light scanner to produce a 3D model of a medieval sculpture



Anaïs Aguerre, Director, Culture Connect

"The ReACH Initiative: Towards a New Convention on Digital Reproductions"


Jonathan Beck, Founder and Manager, Scan the World

"Scan the World. Introduction to 3D Technologies and Open Digitised Collections"


Dr Paola di Giuseppantonio di Franco, Eastern ARC Fellow in the Digital Humanities, University of Essex and Affiliated Scholar, University of Cambridge

"Adapting to Museum Ecologies: The Craft of 3D Digital Replication and Printing Making in Museum Context"



Steven Dey, Founder, ThinkSee3D

"Insights and Experiences in Digital Heritage and 3D Printing from a Professional Practitioner"