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The Soane Museum is now more accessible than ever before thanks to a new digital resource which allows anyone from around the world to visit us from the comfort of their own home.
In partnership with UK-based creative studio ScanLAB Projects, we have used the latest in 3D scanning technology to create a perfect online digital replica of the Museum. Through a newly-launched website – explore.soane.org - you can now virtually discover key rooms from the Museum, and learn more about a number of objects from our collection.
Currently two rooms can be discovered in detail on Explore Soane: the Model Room, which houses Soane’s collection of architectural models of ancient and contemporary buildings; and the Sepulchral Chamber, the centrepiece of which is a 3,500 year old sarcophagus of Egyptian King Seti I. The latest web technologies have been used to allow you to interact with these rooms in 3D, selecting objects for a closer inspection – such as cork and plaster models of the Temple of Vesta in Italy – which can then be explored from all angles in unprecedented levels of detail.
Explore Soane, funded by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), builds upon the ethos and values of our founder, who wanted his house and collection to inspire creativity and curiosity. This is now possible without having to physically visit the Museum. Visitors to the site are encouraged to download the 3D Models and hi-res images of objects, for their personal use - whether for academic research or to create their own artworks.
Bruce Boucher, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum says: “Soane built his Museum to inspire, to be an engine for the advancement of the arts and architecture. Visitors would come and see objects from around the world that they would never have been able to see otherwise. Now, thanks to the latest technology, we can extend this ethos as never before and take the Museum out to the world. Anyone with a computer or mobile device, even thousands of miles away, can explore this magnificent building and its collection for themselves. Soane would be thrilled.”
Schools worldwide are encouraged to get involved by using specially created teaching resources to transport pupils to the Soane so they can learn more about history, art and design, technology and computer science.