Emotions3D

Emotions3D is an online collection of cultural heritage artefacts from UK museums which are viewable in full three-dimensional rotation on the Emotions3D website. The objects in this collection, created using photogrammetric imaging technology, range chronologically from the middle ages to 1850. These digital heritage resources are annotated in ways which tell innovative, unique stories, and can be viewed on a mobile device, 3D printed, or accessed in virtual reality using the Google Cardboard viewer.

Emotions3D was developed as an Associate Investigator project led by Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800). The project collaborated with researchers around Australia and a range of UK museums and cultural heritage partners, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Keats’ House, the Stirling Smith Museum and Gallery, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum and Archive.

The Emotions3D project helps us to understand how people throughout history responded to the material world around them, and how emotions and objects significantly shaped lives and communities of the past. The project examines digital objects in terms of their relationships with fear, love, joy and sadness, as well as more complex concepts such as anticipation, empathy and nostalgia. It also reflects on whether emotional and affective reactions to objects changed over time, and how we understand and relate to objects as three-dimensional ‘virtual’ artefacts today.

For more information, see the websitemedia release, project page, or blog post about the project.

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