Manchester 3D Scanning Technology
Exciting new 3D scanning technology is being used to bring Manchester's cultural sites to you.
15:45 03 December 2020
The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The Institute for Cultural, Creative Manchester and Digital Futures are using new, exciting 3D scanning technology to offer public virtual tours of museums, galleries and heritage sites in Greater Manchester.
The scheme has seen the use of Matterport technology to 3D scan public spaces in cultural institutions at The University of Manchester and local museums, galleries and other cultural and heritage sites. These include the Band on the Wall, the People's History Museum and Martin Harris Centre.
The project provides an alternative and complementary virtual experience in a time when visiting some places poses a risk of contracting the Covid-19 virus. As the project moves forward, the aim is that the 3D scans will become an essential public engagement tool, providing cultural organisations with additional opportunities to engage with existing and new audiences.
Kostas Arvanitis, Senior Lecturer in Museology, said: "The project is an example of the extensive research in cultural experiences and immersive technologies taking place at the University, and of the excellent partnerships we have with local cultural organisations. The 3D scans will support University teaching and learning, and provide case studies for further research and development on virtual and augmented reality with the creative industries and relevant businesses."