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Frame English history with the Matterport digital twin of Sheffield Museum’s famous exhibit

Scene3D brings The Sheffield Project into the virtual world using Matterport cameras

During a pivotal period of Sheffield history – the aftermath of the Miners’ Strike, the steel industry’s upheaval, and a period of mass unemployment – Sheffield’s Site Gallery commissioned several artists to capture the moment in history. They are photos that depict the importance of this moment for the city and tie visitors, citizens and foreigners alike, to the area. 

When the pandemic limited access to the exhibition, Scene3D was able to open the space to a wider audience. With Matterport cameras the displays are available to any interested guest. Virtual visitors can walk among the photos and can take their time as they peruse history. Mattertags were applied so that each photo and video has additional context. With the help of interviews and videos cleverly added throughout the room, knowledge seekers broaden their understanding with direct connection to the original contributors themselves. 

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For those who might have lived through the experience themselves when the photos were first shown, but who can no longer access the museum space, the Matterport 3D rendering increases accessibility. Whether visitors are fascinated with history, interested in the process, or enthralled by museum spaces, Matterport’s digital twin is almost as good as visiting in person.

Alexander Eason, the commercial director of Scene3D LTD, speaks to the detail and care that went into capturing the exhibition hall at the Sheffield’s Weston Park Museum. 

What inspired the 3D capture of this space?

The Sheffield Project is an exhibition showcasing the changes in Sheffield’s landscape during the 80s through the work of several photographers. Originally exhibited in the 90s, the curators at Weston Park Museum wanted to again highlight this important time in Sheffield’s history. Unfortunately just as the exhibition was due to open the UK went into another lockdown. 

To help offer a way for interested parties to view the exhibition Scene3D partnered with Weston Park Museum to create a Matterport tour of the space. 

What are the “must-sees” you want visitors to explore and why?

There are tons of great photographs around the space and we used Mattertags to add context about each artist so visitors can feel as if they are physically in the space.

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What’s the one thing you want visitors to take away after exploring your 3D tour?

Visitors should come away with a desire to go and experience more of the temporary exhibitions that are put on by the team at Weston Park Museum

What are the benefits of your Matterport digital twin?

A Matterport digital twin helps to immortalize this temporary exhibition so that people who missed the chance to see it in person can still experience it online. It also offers a way for people who are further afield or suffer from disabilities that may prevent them from visiting in person to experience the exhibition. 

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Do you have any plans to capture more 3D experiences?

We hope to capture more of Weston Park Museums' future exhibitions

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