Virtual museums become reality

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Virtual museums become reality


  Last updated December 12, 2019 at 3:02 pm


The future may be logging on and wandering the halls of virtual museums – and an Australian group is leading the way.

Why This Matters: Preserving our history and knowledge, and making it accessible to people, is vital for our future.

Deep in the bowels of museums around the world are treasure troves of unseen artefacts. Some museums just don’t have the space to show them all, others are too fragile to be put on display.

They are the lost elements of our past.

Kaja Antlej and her team at Deakin University are bringing those museums to life. They’re creating virtual exhibitions that allow people to experience incredible displays usually hidden away.

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Their newest project is to make sure the history of an Australian legend is preserved. Piece by piece they’re scanning the incredible costumes of legendary opera singer Dame Joan Sutherland.

For this project they’re collaborating with the Arts Centre Melbourne.

But it’s not just opera – Kaja’s team are working on a range of projects from art to cars.

From scanning the items to creating the virtual reality world they are shown in, Kaja and her team are making sure Australians, and people overseas, can celebrate our cultural history.

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