Virtual Technologies for Arts
Virtual Shakespearean London Project
With the support of external museum and theatre partners, UCL has developed a long-term interest in the comprehensive virtual representation of the Southwark area and the Thames at the end of the Elizabethan period, c.1600.
Existing archaeological, architectural and historical records are providing the source data for an interactive reconstruction of the south bank of the Thames, around the Globe Theatre. The latest generation location-based, scanning and communication technologies will allow this reconstruction to be presented from different perspectives and through a range of internet and hand-held devices.
3D Scanning and Virtual Exhibitions
In 2012, UCL has renewed agreements with Arius3D Canada for continuing use of Arius3D scanning technology and software. This successful partnership, first developed in 2006, has stimulated 3D scanning research across the university, and has particularly encouraged development of Digital Humanities and Heritage, through online 3D images and Virtual Exhibitions. The partnership allows for funding of additional UCL Petrie Museum staff, who are currently using the equipment to create apps and software, which allow visitors to view and manipulate artefacts in 3D; the technology has also assisted in restoration and exhibition design. In 2011, Arius3D was awarded the UCL Enterprise SME Partner of the Year Award.