Virtual Museum ‘Takeouts’ and DIY Exhibitions–Augmented Reality Apps for Scholarship, Citizen Science and Public Engagement

Sandra Woolley, James Mitchell, Tim Collins, Richard Rhodes, Tendai Rukasha, Erlend Gehlken, Eugene Ch’ng, Ashley Cooke

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This paper presents an Augmented Reality (AR) project for the curation of virtual museum ‘takeouts’ and DIY exhibitions. The project’s outputs include novel AR app technology demonstrators to support co-design with museum users and stakeholders - the goal being to create useful and easy-to-use AR apps for scholars, citizen scientists and the interested public. The apps were designed for users to create, display, animate and interact with exhibitions of selected 3D artefacts that could, for example, reflect academic specialisms for sharing with fellow researchers, support curators in exhibition planning or enable friends and students to share eclectic favourites from museum visits. The overarching project ambition was to create AR apps to support research, engagement and education, and to enable interactive and personalized visualizations of individual artefacts as well as reconstructed forms. As presented in the paper, these forms are exemplified in the AR apps with 3D models of a cuneiform envelope and its tablet contents, viewable either as i) separate artefacts or ii) in their reconstructed enveloped form, with the AR apps enabling animated opening and ‘X-ray views’ of the contents within. In this way, the apps can enable users to visualize individual objects and reconstructions that could, for example, incorporate artefacts held in different museums.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDigital Heritage. Progress in Cultural Heritage
Subtitle of host publicationDocumentation, Preservation, and Protection - 8th International Conference, EuroMed 2020, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMarinos Ioannides, Eleanor Fink, Lorenzo Cantoni, Erik Champion
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783030730420
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event8th European-Mediterranean Conference, EuroMed 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 2 Nov 20205 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12642 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference8th European-Mediterranean Conference, EuroMed 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Augmented reality
  • Digital heritage
  • Virtual reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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