Craven Museum – Now in 3D! continued…

We mentioned a few blog posts ago that we will be using our new skills and photogrammetry know-how to get a local youth group involved in the collection – and here is a glimpse of how it’s been going!

Greatwood Youth Group have been coming to the Museum after school to learn how to use photogrammetry to create 3D digital models of objects in the collection, with a focus on objects found in local Caves, and during this May half term, they joined us for a whole day session to really get their teeth into the process!

First of all we went over how to take photographs – it might seem like a bit of a silly and very easy step, but the quality of the photos can really affect how the final model turns out, so it was extremely important to get this part right.


The pictures have to show enough light to show the object, and ensure that there aren’t any extreme shadows as this might confuse the software. This is why we use a pop-up light tent and two lights to try and make sure that the light was diffused nicely. We also played around with the different settings on the camera to adjust how much light and ‘noise’ the camera picked up – it was interesting playing around with the settings, and understanding how they can affect the final photo.


Once we finished taking photos of the objects (ensuring that we had got all sides of the object photographed and overlapped the photos nicely), we then moved on to using the software and going through the process of masking the photos and creating the 3D models!


There were some fantastic models created, including a Mesolithic Bone and Antler Chisel, a Brown Bear Claw, and a Bronze Age Axehead- have a look below!

It’s been really great to have the Greatwood Youth Group here creating the models – not only was it brilliant fun teaching them some new skills, but the models they have created have helped us as a Museum to interpret the objects in a new and innovative way, so we can tell the story of the Craven area, and  get the objects out and engaging more people.

We hope we will be able to continue to create new models with the Youth Group, and we will be using these on our website (and on this blog, of course!) to help tell the story of Craven, and as part of our displays for the newly redeveloped Museum!


Volunteer’s Week!

It’s Volunteer’s Week!

To celebrate Volunteer’s Week and the amazing work our Volunteers do here at the Museum and as part of this project ‘Stories and Treasures of Street and Dale’, one of our new Collections volunteers, Louise, has written a blog post. Have a look below!

I’ve only recently started volunteering at Craven Museum but I’m already completely hooked! I had been looking for a new volunteer role for a while – something that would stimulate my mind and hopefully provide me with new skills – I was thrilled to be accepted as a volunteer here.

The collection we are working on is very eclectic; it’s exciting and so fascinating that sometimes it’s hard to stay focussed – not to go off on a tangent researching answers to questions raised (but I do it anyway when I get home). We are cataloguing items and adding them to the museum’s database, and I have to say Lizzie is a very patient and informative trainer, and she makes it fun too. The only problem I have so far is that the days seem to be over too quickly and I can’t wait for my next session.


It’s surprising how something as simple as an old invoice from a local business or some long-unseen mill-worker’s artefacts can raise so many questions and inspire further study. That’s what it’s all about though isn’t it – digging around in history and learning more about our past? I‘ve definitely come to the right place.


If you would be interested in Volunteering here at the Museum, have a look at our opportunities here: