Grand Challenges 2015 at RAMM
8 June 2015
Grand Challenges is a week-long summer programme for University of Exeter undergraduate students – interdisciplinary groups discuss some of the challenges facing 21st-century society. The group based at RAMM explored the challenges that museums face in digitising their collections, and how new technologies such as 3D scanning and printing might help museums share their collections in different ways.
As RAMM’s World Cultures website has recently been redesigned, the students worked on objects from the World Cultures collection that had not previously been digitised. The group selected a carved figure and dance mask, both from Nigeria.
The students researched the objects and filmed interviews with RAMM’s Ethnography curator, Tony Eccles. The group also photographed the artefacts, and then edited the images and interview footage together to make two short films about the mask and figure.
Digital Humanities staff from the University of Exeter brought their 3D scanning equipment to RAMM to use on the selected objects. Scanning the mask was quite straightforward, and the finished result can be seen online, but the carved figure was much trickier.
At the end of the week the group gave a presentation about their work at RAMM to other Grand Challenges participants, which was very well received by University staff.
You can see the results of the students’ hard work on RAMM’s YouTube channel and on the World Cultures blog. The carved figure and gelede mask are also on RAMM’s new-look Collections Explorer site.