A one-day conference organized by The University of Cambridge Museums about 3D technology and tactile access to heritage collections: exploring how 3D modelling and printing technology can be used to open up collections to everyone.


Bringing together a whole range of representatives from the heritage sector – including conservators, curators, educators and digital specialists – with university researchers and representatives from the creative and digital industries, to explore how 3D modelling and printing technology can be utilised effectively to open up collections to everyone. Within the heritage sector there is an imperative to increase interdisciplinary and cross-sector discussions around increasing accessibility to the collections and ensuring that a responsibility for the objects in institutions is taken seriously.

Speakers will specialise in 3D technologies, conservation, learning, outreach and research. A particular area of interest for this conference is how interventions could be replicated in other settings, bringing together different voices to establish how this might work.


Ian Dawson presented his work on the Phygital Nexus with Paul Reilly, and the New Frontiers Research Funded project Concepts That Bite Through Time with the University of Lethbridge Alberta Canada.

The conference was is in collaboration with the Fitzwilliam Museum and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with a grant from the University of Cambridge Knowledge Transfer Facilitator pump priming fund.

>Ian Dawson

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