Stephen White wrote:
> I'm trying to find out if any British museum is considering creating
> an online database of their collections. My own area of interest is
> Classical Archaeology and I think a database containing artefacts in
> VRML would greatly enhance the interpretative process. I know of
> several projects well under way in the US but as yet I've not been
> able to find any here in Britain.
I am also doing research into the viability of web-3d technologies for
cultural heritage applications, and sent a similar request for
information to this list a while back -- your message has reminded me
that I promised to share my findings...
At present, it seems there is not very much in terms of 3-D UK museum
information on the web -- 3-D scanning or modelling is still relatively
esoteric (and therefore quite expensive).
As far as I can tell, the UK museum that has done the most with 3-D on
the web is the Natural History Museum, who have produced some Virtual
Reality Modelling Language (VRML) fossils using laser scanning
technology, and have produced Quicktime VR (QTVR) movies of a computer
reconstruction of the Endeavour (URL's below).
According to the Virtual Library Museum Pages, the Museum of Science &
Industry have also done some QTVR and VRML; I found the QTVR, but not
the VRML, although I was on a slow modem and therefore wasn't being
Other than that UK-wise, there are a few more small pilots around, but
so far that's about all I've come up with.
Some other URL's you might want to investigate are below; again, thanks
to David Dawson for some useful leads:
Natural History Museum,
--This seems to be the cutting edge in UK terms at least
Museum of Science & Industry, Manchester
--QTVR of stores, and apparently some VRML...
The Chester Project
--Forthcoming reconstruction of the Legionary Fortress at Chester during
the mid-third century.
EDVEC (Edinburgh Virtual Environment Centre)
NVRCAD Virtual Ceramics Homepage
--The National Virtual Reality Centres for Art & Design are funded by
the Higher Education Funding Councils
Virtual Gallery of the Muses
--I seem to remember this one being more like a game
Non-UK VRML Examples
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Constantin Brancusi's Mademoiselle Pogany
Abulafia VRML Gallery
Museo Casa de la Moneda
Virtual Music Museum
Quicktime VR & Other Stuff
Virtual Museum of Arts El Pais
--No VRML or QTVR, but good nonetheless
Diego Rivera Web Museum
--also some VRML that doesn't work with Cosmoplayer 2.1
Knoll Virtual Museum
--Just a 3-D advert really
Leonardo da Vinci
Revealing Things - Smithsonian Without Walls
--Interesting; maps concepts and relationships in 3-D
--QTVR movies of megalithic sites
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