SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Kira Zumkley

PhD student, University of Brighton

Project Title 

Conscious digitisation to support the conservation of the V&As collection of large scale reproductions

Background & Summary of Project

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of large-scale plaster cast and electrotype reproductions is unique, with several of the original artworks severely damaged or destroyed, making the casts the only surviving record. The purpose of this project is twofold. First, to investigate which advanced digitisation technologies and methods are most suitable to document, care for and improve the understanding of the objects’ manufacturing and their condition, including changes in shape due to environmental conditions over the years. Second, to determine which tools, workflows and standards are needed to incorporate suitable technologies and methods into existing imaging services.