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A preview of Three Ways to 3D History

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This Saturday (17 September) visitors to Brighton Museum will get a chance to see how 3D technology is changing the way we can understand history. As part of Brighton Digital Festival, Three Ways to 3D History will be an opportunity to see how virtual reality, 3D printing and 3D modelling can give us a fresh perspective on the past.

3D model of the Royal Pavilion Estate as it appeared in 1832. Colin Jones.

3D model of the Royal Pavilion Estate as it appeared in 1832. Colin Jones.


All our contributors are talented local people who have worked with the Royal Pavilion & Museums on previous and current projects.

Cultural Informatics Group

Part of the University of Brighton, the Cultural Informatics Group are working with us on several projects, ranging from looking at how 3D digitisation can support the use of archaeological collections in learning, to making scanned museum objects available online. Providing you have a compliant browser, the hand axe below is a nice example:


A local digital product studio, MOHARA will be showing how their Aura tool allows users to virtually explore the Royal Pavilion.

Now a sophisticated virtual reality authoring tool, Aura 360 has its roots in Murder in the Manor, a re-imagining of Preston Manor they developed back in 2013.

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Colin Jones

3D modeller Colin Jones approached us last year with a model of the Royal Pavilion he had created with Lightwave.

Since then, Colin has been working with our curators and conservators on the Royal Pavilion Time Machine, a series of 3D models showing how the Royal Pavilion Estate has developed over the years.

Meet, greet and tell us what you think

Three Ways to 3D History will be an opportunity to see this work in action and, more importantly, to talk to the people involved. I’ll be on hand too, and while I’m happy to talk about how I see 3D technology supporting our work, I’m much more interested in what you think!

One of the most exciting but challenging aspects of 3D is that there are so many different ways of bringing that third dimension to the telling of history. My job is to work out what techniques work best for people and where. As such It’s enormously helpful for me to get a sense of how people respond to 3D, whether they are keen technophiles or just casually curious.

So do join us in Brighton Museum on 17 September 11am-3pm. If you’re bringing children, they may also enjoy the Remix the Museum animation workshop upstairs in the museum from 10am-4pm.

Kevin Bacon, Digital Development Officer