Through a Glass Darkly is a project involving colleagues in the School of Classics (Rebecca Sweetman and Ioannis Georganas) and the Museum of the University of St Andrews, MUSA (Alison Hafield and Hannah Sycamore) which stems from research into changing perceptions material culture according to the medium in which it is experienced. From this research project we have designed a number of practical applications which have been rolled out to help inform museum curatorial decision making processes as well as support education in schools and museums. Our work is funded by the Leventis Foundation and the University of St Andrews.
The practical foundations were to digitise the University’s Bridges collection of Cypriot archaeological material. Find out more about the early stages of the project here.
- To provide context for this collection of otherwise disparate artefacts assembled by a private collector.
- To make the material accessible to academics and the public through the creation of a University Virtual Museum (in collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science and Art History).
To find out how we have been working towards these goals, visit our website.
The creation of an assemblage of 3D material culture provides an important educational resource for students within the University (in particular Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, History and Museum Studies students) to learn curatorial skills. The resource will also be made freely available to the public as part of the ongoing project developing St Andrews University Virtual Museum led by the Virtual Histories Team.
Skip to 2:45 to hear more about Through A Glass Darkly from Rebecca Sweetman, one of the leaders of the project –